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The Resource The Night Ocean

The Night Ocean

Label
The Night Ocean
Title
The Night Ocean
Statement of responsibility
Paul La Farge
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Language
eng
Summary
From the award-winning author and New Yorker contributor, a riveting novel about secrets and scandals, psychiatry and pulp fiction, inspired by the lives of H.P. Lovecraft and his circle.Marina Willett, M.D., has a problem. Her husband, Charlie, has become obsessed with H.P. Lovecraft, in particular with one episode in the legendary horror writer's life: In the summer of 1934, the "old gent" lived for two months with a gay teenage fan named Robert Barlow, at Barlow's family home in central Florida. What were the two of them up to? Were they friends—or something more? Just when Charlie thinks he's solved the puzzle, a new scandal erupts, and he disappears. The police say it's suicide. Marina is a psychiatrist, and she doesn't believe them.A tour-de-force of storytelling, The Night Ocean follows the lives of some extraordinary people: Lovecraft, the most influential American horror writer of the 20th century, whose stories continue to win new acolytes, even as his racist views provoke new critics; Barlow, a seminal scholar of Mexican culture who killed himself after being blackmailed for his homosexuality (and who collaborated with Lovecraft on the beautiful story "The Night Ocean"); his student, future Beat writer William S. Burroughs; and L.C. Spinks, a kindly Canadian appliance salesman and science-fiction fan — the only person who knows the origins of The Erotonomicon, purported to be the intimate diary of Lovecraft himself.As a heartbroken Marina follows her missing husband's trail in an attempt to learn the truth, the novel moves across the decades and along the length of the continent, from a remote Ontario town, through New York and Florida to Mexico City. The Night Ocean is about love and deception — about the way that stories earn our trust, and betray it
Summary
A tale inspired by the scandals, secrets and pulp fiction of H. P. Lovecraft and his literary circle follows the experiences of a psychiatrist whose husband goes missing during his obsessive investigation into the story of H. P. Lovecraft's unspoken relationship with a gay teen fan
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10554477
Cataloging source
DLC
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La Farge, Paul
Dewey number
813.54
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Fiction
  • Literature
  • Mystery
  • Historical Fiction
Target audience
adult
Label
The Night Ocean
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Publication
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OVERDRIVE:7d307fd6-2b92-4387-a6c5-26ac53bdf930
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781101981108
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
The Night Ocean
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:7d307fd6-2b92-4387-a6c5-26ac53bdf930
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781101981108
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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