James Purdy

American novelist, playwright, poet, and short story writer James Purdy remained a controversial figure throughout his life. His poetry has been set to music by composers Robert Helps and Robert Hundley.

Photo: James Purdy, March 15, 1957, photo by Carl Van Vechten, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

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Books

An Oyster is a Wealthy Beast

By James Purdy

Brooklyn Branding Parlors: Poems

By James Purdy

Mr. Evening: A Story & Nine Poems

By James Purdy

Sheet Music

Eight Songs

Composer(s): Richard Hundley

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Four Songs

Composer(s): Richard Hundley

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Octaves and Sweet Sounds (High Voice)

Composer(s): Richard Hundley

Song(s): 1. Strings in the Earth and Air Text: James Joyce
2. Seashore Girls Text: E. E. Cummings
3. Moonlight's Watermelon Text: Jose Garcia Villa
4. Straightway Beauty On Me Waits Text: James Purdy
5. Well Welcome Text: Gertrude Stein

Voice Type: High

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Octaves and Sweet Sounds (Medium Voice)

Composer(s): Richard Hundley

Song(s): 1. Strings in the Earth and Air Text: James Joyce
2. Seashore Girls Text: E. E. Cummings
3. Moonlight's Watermelon Text: Jose Garcia Villa
4. Straightway Beauty On Me Waits Text: James Purdy
5. Well Welcome Text: Gertrude Stein

Voice Type: Medium

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The Running Sun

Composer(s): Robert Helps

Voice Type: Soprano

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