The mixture of pity and exhilaration in the human condition is recreated with chilling authenticity by Hawkes. His is a search into the pit that stops at no amount of terrifying discovery. Admitting everything, rejecting nothing, Hawkes writes from a viewpoint held by few American authors.
—S. K. Oberbeck, Contemporary American Novelists

Available October 1, 1967

The Beetle Leg

Fiction by John Hawkes

The Beetle Leg, John Hawkes’s second full-length novel, was first published by New Directions in 1951. Now, after more than fifteen years of underground existence, this brilliant novel is emerging as a classic of visionary writing and still remains Hawkes’s only work devoted solely to American life. As a ’surrealist Western” (Newsweek), and a violent and poetic portrayal of “a landscape of sexual apathy” (Albert J. Guerard), The Beetle Leg is a rich flight into the special vein of comedy that Hawkes had begun to exploit a decade before the popular acceptance of “black humor.”

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9780811200622
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9780811222549
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John Hawkes

20th century American novelist

The mixture of pity and exhilaration in the human condition is recreated with chilling authenticity by Hawkes. His is a search into the pit that stops at no amount of terrifying discovery. Admitting everything, rejecting nothing, Hawkes writes from a viewpoint held by few American authors.
—S. K. Oberbeck, Contemporary American Novelists