Boswell is Stanley Elkin’s first and funniest novel: the comic odyssey of a twentieth-century groupie who collects celebrities as his insurance policy against death. James Boswell—strong man, professional wrestler (his most heroic match is with the Angel of Death)—is a con man, gate crasher, and moocher of epic talent. He is also the “hero of one of the most original first novels in years” (Oakland Tribune)—a man on the make for all the great men of his time—his logic being that if you can’t be a lion, know a pride of them. Can he cheat his way out of morality?
Publication: American Literature Series
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 372
Publication date: 4/1/1999
List price: $13.95