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The night ocean, Paul La Farge

Label
The night ocean
Title
The night ocean
Statement of responsibility
Paul La Farge
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Language
eng
Summary
"From the award-winning author and New Yorker contributor, a riveting novel about secrets and scandals, psychiatry and pulp fiction, inspired by the lives of H.P. Lovecraft and his circle. Marina Willett, M.D., has a problem. Her husband, Charlie, has become obsessed with H.P. Lovecraft, in particular with one episode in the legendary horror writer's life: In the summer of 1934, the "old gent" lived for two months with a gay teenage fan named Robert Barlow, at Barlow's family home in central Florida. What were the two of them up to? Were they friends--or something more? Just when Charlie thinks he's solved the puzzle, a new scandal erupts, and he disappears. The police say it's suicide. Marina is a psychiatrist, and she doesn't believe them. A tour-de-force of storytelling, The Night Ocean follows the lives of some extraordinary people: Lovecraft, the most influential American horror writer of the 20th century, whose stories continue to win new acolytes, even as his racist views provoke new critics; Barlow, a seminal scholar of Mexican culture who killed himself after being blackmailed for his homosexuality (and who collaborated with Lovecraft on the beautiful story "The Night Ocean"); his student, future Beat writer William S. Burroughs; and L.C. Spinks, a kindly Canadian appliance salesman and science-fiction fan -- the only person who knows the origins of The Erotonomicon, purported to be the intimate diary of Lovecraft himself. As a heartbroken Marina follows her missing husband's trail in an attempt to learn the truth, the novel moves across the decades and along the length of the continent, from a remote Ontario town, through New York and Florida to Mexico City. The Night Ocean is about love and deception -- about the way that stories earn our trust, and betray it"--
Summary
A tale inspired by the scandals, secrets and pulp fiction of H. P. Lovecraft and his literary circle follows the experiences of a psychiatrist whose husband goes missing during his obsessive investigation into the story of H. P. Lovecraft's unspoken relationship with a gay teen fan
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10554477
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DLC
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LaFarge, Paul
Dewey number
813/.54
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Lovecraft, H. P.
  • FICTION / Literary
  • FICTION / Historical
  • FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical
  • Missing persons
Target audience
adult
Label
The night ocean, Paul La Farge
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Publication
Copyright
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn952647376
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
389 pages
Isbn
9781101981085
Lccn
2016043484
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)952647376
Label
The night ocean, Paul La Farge
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn952647376
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
389 pages
Isbn
9781101981085
Lccn
2016043484
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)952647376

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