A Transparent Tree (cloth)
  • Author: Kelly, Robert
  • Binding: Clothbound, sewn, jacketed
  • Pages: 200
  • Size: 6 x 9"
  • Pub. Year: 1985
  • ISBN: 0-914232-68-1
  • In Stock: Yes
Price: $20.00
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Each of the eleven long and short fictions in this book is a mystery of language branching from its imaginary root. Through different settings and events, Kelly explores the dimensions of a central theme -- how people act without knowing what is happening to them, how they move through the enigma of desire and intention while waiting for the world to decipher itself. Written with the clarity and palpably sensuous, carefully crafted style that has won awards for this poetry, this premier collection, which includes the famous novella "Cities," received an American Academy-Institute Award in 1985.

Note: An Italian edition is published by Tranchida (Milan) as Un albero transparente.


"Robert Kelly's Scorpions was one of the finest of the cult novels of the '60s, 'cult' being a euphemism for 'undeservedly underread,' and it alerted us to a very special talent. Since then, we've learned to watch out for his short fictions, often lighting up the literary world with their astonishing mix of intellect, romanticism, and daring imagination. This collection, with such Kelly classics as 'Cities,' and 'The Guest,' is a welcome publishing event."
-- Robert Coover

Robert Kelly was born in Brooklyn on September 24, 1935. He attended CUNY and Columbia University, and since 1961 has taught at Bard College. Robert Kelly has authored more than 50 published volumes of fiction, poetry and prose-poems. His 1967 novel The Scorpions first brought him a cult readership...

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