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Lyle Saxon: A Critical Biography (Southern Literary Series Vol. 3)

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ISBN-13: 978-0917786839
ISBN-10: 0917786831
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James Thomas is Professor of English at Pepperdine University in California, and has published extensively on American Southern literature.


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Product Details

  • Series: Southern Literary Series Vol. 3
  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Summa Pubns (November 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0917786831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0917786839
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,255,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A reader on June 9, 2006
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This book is related to the Chance Harvey book published later; Harvey's dissertation, which formed the basis for her book, is cited as a reference in this one, which was published about 10 years before. This book is more focused on the literary side of Saxon; Harvey's book looks more at his life. So, both books together make up the most three-dimensional look we have at this complex, tormented man. Both authors point out that Saxon is not well remembered outside of New Orleans. More's the pity; apart from his literary works, his urban pioneer role in reviving the French Quarter deserves wider notice. Although the Thomas book deals mainly with his written legacy, it does address, with greater frankness than Harvey, his sexual life-what little evidence there is of it. This is not to suggest that any titillating dish is to be found in either work; the gay men and women of that time lived in shadows and shadows are what remains of their identities. The only caveat-as with my review of the Harvey book-is that the fates of Saxon's close friends, and the lasting effects of his legacy in the Quarter, go largely unmentioned. A third book to consider is Robert Tallant's Mr. Preen's Salon (1949) which, although labelled as fiction, is a loving and yet unsparing portrait of Saxon's behavior, particularly his drinking bouts.
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