By R. V. Cassill
well known as R. V. Cassill’s masterpiece, Clem Anderson is the tale of an writer whose awesome skills are outmatched purely through his potential for self-destruction. smug, untrustworthy, moody, and narcissistic, Clem is additionally a super artist in a position to mind-blowing feats of alchemy: His pen magically transforms genuine existence into the stuff of serious literature. however the emerging tide of literary good fortune is harmful floor for a character as risky as Clem’s, and whilst he dies on the age of 40, on my own and disgraced, it truly is as much as his few final neighbors to select up the pieces.
the main steadfast and empathetic of those survivors is Dick Hartsell, a former classmate and fellow author who has lengthy walked in Clem’s shadow. Commissioned by way of a film studio to post a memorial article approximately his doomed buddy, Hartsell struggles to seize the man’s unruly lifestyles during this tidy structure. So he units out to put in writing a singular referred to as Clem Anderson, detailing his eponymous hero’s epic upward thrust and fall. From a rural midwestern formative years to early reputation as an undergraduate poet to the intoxicating expatriate literary scene in post–World conflict II Paris and an unsatisfied romance with a Hollywood starlet, Hartsell tells the tale of Anderson’s lifestyles. the result's a piece of artwork as singular and unforgettable as its ill-fated subject.
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