Moe’s Villa set release October 4, 2004 in the USA!

New York//May 2004///Carroll & Graf Publishers, of the Avalon Publishing Group, has just signed a three-book contract to include Moe’s Villa and other Stories.  The new collection of short stories by James, first published in London by Arcadia Books in 2000, is out-of-print and already hard to find.  New editions for two earlier novels will soon follow — perhaps Eustace Chisholm and the Works and Malcolm. 

      The James Purdy Society’s website ( was particularly useful in getting the new contract.  John Uecker, assistant to Mr. Purdy, reports that the information available has been a welcome resource and that James’s foreign rights agent is particularly pleased with the information about the author that is now on the Internet.  The JPS also wants to express its gratitude to Martin Kich for all his work on the website — especially the bibliography that he continues to compile — and to Wright State University for hosting the site.


Publicity Photo of James Purdy Courtesy of John Uecker. Drawings by James Purdy. From Dennis Moore’s Collection (Above). 

 James Purdy and the Works is a newsletter that is published by the James Purdy Society.  Portions will appear on the Society’s website and will be modified or updated as events or information warrants. Subscription to the print-based version of the newsletter is included with membership in the James Purdy Society.

      In addition to the newsletter, members of the Society will receive e-mail notices of interest to Purdy fans and scholars, including calls for papers and presentations. The Society plans to host regular sessions at annual ALA conferences, beginning in 2005, and is looking forward to hosting similar sessions at future annual MLA conferences.

      The James Purdy Society welcomes contributions to the website and newsletter on themes and issues pertinent to the writings and literary environment of the James Purdy Society directly.


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Webmaster:  Martin Kich, Wright State

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Board of Directors

Darryl Hattenhauer

Martin Kich

Joseph E. Kraus

Christopher Lane

Victoria Linchon, Treasurer

Shawn Miller

Dennis Moore, Secretary

Donald E. Pease, Jr., President

Edmund M. Scheer

Cathy Schlund-Vials, Vice President

Joseph T. Skerrett, Jr.



Shawn Miller

Dennis Moore, Secretary

Donald E. Pease, Jr., President


Advisory Board

N. Elizabeth McCaw

Matthew Stadler

John Uecker