Cat Scratch Fever (paper)
  • Author: Kelly, Robert
  • Binding: Paperback, jacketed
  • Pages: 150
  • Size: 6 x 9"
  • Pub. Year: 1990
  • ISBN: 0-929701-11-9
  • In Stock: Yes
Price: $12.00
This collection of 31 stories, which includes Kelly's celebrated "Russian Tales," is further confirmation of his "mastery of ambiguity and brief enigma" (Kirkus Reviews). A man is imprisoned by his compulsive task of escaping from jail; another recalls his youthful obsession with the slatternly beautiful daughter of his hillbilly neighbor; the colleagues of a murdered professor attempt to identify his assailant by studying the erotic poem he'd been writing at the time of his death; a man's life is overtaken by his beloved houseplant; the life and meaning of a vulture is explored... Each of the works here demonstrates Robert Kelly's well earned reputation as among the most skilled and complex writers of his generation.

Note: A selection from Cat Scratch Fever, A Transparent Tree, and Doctor of Silence was issued in 1996 in a German language volume by Residenz Verlag (Salzburg and Vienna) under the title Schlaflose Schonheit.

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"Poet, novelist, storyteller, essayist, linguist, he is the joker in the deck of post-modernist writing. Thanks to the small presses, he has about 50 published works to his name. Like Cat Scratch Fever, they are full of signs and wonders."
-- New York Times Book Review

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 dedicated readership...

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