By R. V. Cassill
widely known as R. V. Cassill’s masterpiece, Clem Anderson is the tale of an writer whose brilliant skills are outmatched merely through his means for self-destruction. conceited, untrustworthy, moody, and narcissistic, Clem is additionally a super artist able to magnificent feats of alchemy: His pen magically transforms actual existence into the stuff of significant literature. however the emerging tide of literary luck is harmful floor for a character as volatile as Clem’s, and whilst he dies on the age of 40, by myself and disgraced, it truly is as much as his few last associates 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 referred to as Clem Anderson, detailing his eponymous hero’s epic upward push and fall. From a rural midwestern early life 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 artwork as singular and unforgettable as its ill-fated subject.
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