The Brief Transit and Violent Eclipse of Harry Crosby
Written by Geoffrey Wolff
Afterword by Geoffrey Wolff
Publisher: NYRB Classics
ISBN: 978-1-59017-559-0 (1-59017-559-X)
Pub Date: April 18, 2012
Includes an afterword by the author.
Harry Crosby was the godson of J. P. Morgan and a friend of Ernest Hemingway. Living in Paris in the twenties and directing the Black Sun Press, which published James Joyce among others, Crosby was at the center of the wild life of the lost generation. Drugs, drink, sex, gambling, the deliberate derangement of the senses in the pursuit of transcendent revelation: these were Crosby’s pastimes until 1929, when he shot his girlfriend, the recent bride of another man, and then himself.
Black Sun is novelist and master biographer Geoffrey Wolff’s subtle and striking picture of a man who killed himself to make his life a work of art.
"It’s all here: drink, drugs, gambling, unending parties, affected costumes, sun worship, dozens of affairs (chiefly women), and always the undisciplined poetry and the death wish."— Library Journal
"The best biography I have ever read."— James Dickey
"A fascinating biography….Wolff understands his man admirably, sympathizing with him while remaining deeply critical."— The New York Times Book Review
"Crosby emerges as a character as complex and fascinating as Zelda or Alice Toklas, even Ezra Pound….A breathtaking story."— San Francisco Chronicle
Geoffrey Wolff is the author of three other works of nonfiction—The Art of Burning Bridges: A Life of John O’Hara; The Duke of Deception, a memoir; and A Day at the Beach, a collection of personal essays—as well as six novels, most recently The Age of Consent. In 1994 he received the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Mr. Wolff is the director of the graduate fiction program at the University of California, Irvine.
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