James Purdy


“They dream they are awake.”
—Gore Vidal, “James Purdy: 
The Novelist as Outlaw”
NYTimes February 27, 2005

“I don’t really think my work is 
fantasy so much as it’s unconscious;
everyone has an unconscious, even 
the politically correct. The politically 
correct must be very upset by their 
own dreams because they don’t 
believe in the unconscious; they 
think everything is conscious.”
—James Purdy

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