By R. V. Cassill
well known as R. V. Cassill’s masterpiece, Clem Anderson is the tale of an writer whose superb skills are outmatched simply by means of his potential for self-destruction. boastful, untrustworthy, moody, and narcissistic, Clem can be a super artist in a position to striking feats of alchemy: His pen magically transforms genuine existence into the stuff of serious literature. however the emerging tide of literary luck is risky floor for a character as volatile as Clem’s, and while he dies on the age of 40, by myself and disgraced, it really is as much as his few ultimate buddies 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 means of a film studio to post a memorial article approximately his doomed buddy, Hartsell struggles to seize the man’s unruly life during this tidy structure. So he units out to write down a unique known as Clem Anderson, detailing his eponymous hero’s epic upward thrust and fall. From a rural midwestern formative years to early repute 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 existence. the result's a piece of paintings as singular and unforgettable as its ill-fated subject.
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