The Tar Baby by Jerome Charyn

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Cast in the form of a hilariously ribald parody of a literary quarterly,  The Tar Baby is a brilliant, audacious, story-filled novel populated by an array of brawling academics and earthy townies. A commemorative issue honoring the late Anatole Waxman-Weissman, the book/journal parodies a number of academic fads and concerns as the various contributors expose their and their subject's many idiosyncrasies while pursuing their own private agendas.

 

About Jerome Charyn

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Jerome Charyn was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1937. An author who primarily writes detective stories, Charyn's novels contain a wide array of characters ranging form a gorgeous, headstrong double agent to a greedy, corrupt lawyer. Charyn chronicles the life of Isaac Sidel El Caballo, the Mayor of New York City, in over half a dozen books, including El Bronx, Little Angel Street, Marilyn the Wild, and The Good Policeman. Among his latest novels is The Secret Life of emily Dickinson. The story is told from her point of view and incorporates both historical and fictional characters to tell what she may have been like. His next work was entitled Under the Eye of God. Widely translated, Charyn's novels have broad readership in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece and Japan, as well as the United States. Charyn lives in Paris where he teaches cinema at the American University of Paris.
 
Published November 1, 1972 by Holt Rinehart & Winston. 243 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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It's the quarterly of a little, very literary magazine of Galapagos Junior College (California) and this book will appear with some eye-catching visual effects beginning with the little black bare-assed boy with cheeks who is just as well off without a diaper considering the number of referrals t...

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A spoof of literary quarterlies, complete with articles, interviews and poetry; Charyn parodies academic life in this ``issue'' commemorating a junior-college campus security guard killed by a bus. (J

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Charyn parodies academic life in this ``issue'' commemorating a junior-college campus security guard killed by a bus.

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