"Like Herman Melville, his closest literary ancestor, he was unremembered when he died in 2009 at age 94, one more Ishmael, with a small coterie of followers."

The Daily Beast profiles the forgotten genius of James Purdy as Liveright Publishing Corporation releases his complete short stories and a new edition of his 1964 novel Cabot Wright Begins. John Waters has described Purdy’s short stories as “fairy tales for your twisted mind that should never be described to the innocent.”