Book List in Order: 21 titles


  • Three novellas filled with humor and insight by one of America’s modern literary masters In Searches & Seizures, Elkin tells the story of the criminal, the lovelorn, and the grieving, each searching desperately for fulfillment -- while on the ve...



  • Three novellas filled with humor and insight by one of America’s modern literary masters In Searches & Seizures, Elkin tells the story of the criminal, the lovelorn, and the grieving, each searching desperately for fulfillment -- while on the ve...



  • Ben Flesh is one of the men “who made America look like America, who made America famous.” He collects franchises, traveling from state to state, acquiring the brand-name establishments that shape the American landscape. But both the nation and B...



  •  “Among Mr. Elkin’s best works of fiction . . . A comedy that cuts so many ways that it leaves us bleeding with laughter.” —The New York Times Eddy Bale’s twelve-year-old son died after a terrible, drawn-out il...



  • These nine stories reveal a dazzling variety of styles, tones and subject matter. Among them are some of Stanley Elkin’s finest, including the fabulistic “On a Field, Rampant,” the farcical “Perlmutter at the East Pole,” and the stylized ...



  • Boswell is Stanley Elkin's first and funniest novel: the comic odyssey of a twentieth-century groupie who collects celebrities as his insurance policy against death. James Boswell--strong man, professional wrestler (his most heroic match is with the ...



  • A radio host's rise is the fodder for this funny, melancholy, frightening ... absolutely American National Book Award finalist ( The New York Times Book Review ). Since childhood, Dick Gibson has longed for a successful radio career to make him ...



  • Breaking the law in a foolhardy attempt to accommodate his customers, unscrupulous department store owner Leo Feldman finds himself in jail and at the mercy of the warden, who tries to break Leo of his determination to stay bad. Reprint....



  • National Book Critics Circle Award Winner: This funny, poignant novel about the misadventures of a Miami Beach widow is “brilliant” (Los Angeles Times). After her beloved husband dies of cancer, Dorothy Bliss is consigned to a life of ted...







  • These three delicious novellas, from "a master of language and black humor" ( New York Times), demonstrate the author's mastery of the roller-cosater sentence, hair-pin narrative twist, and the joke that leaves readers torn between tears and laughter...



  • Of Stanley Elkin, The New York Times Book Review has said "no serious writer in this country can match him." In this 1991 National Book Award Finalist, Elkin combineshcockian plot as he narrates the mysterious events that take place in 40 hours in th...



  • Rabbi Jerry Goldkorn resides in Lud, New Jersey, where Jews from the surrounding states come to bury their dead. Distressed by the lack of living children in the area, the Rabbi''s daughter Connie creates a scandal that livens up the town of Lud when...







  • Doomed by a thousand-year-old curse to serve important personages throughout the centuries, George Mills loves and follows various lieges, from a stableboy ancestor in the First Crusade to a modern-day furniture mover. Reprint....



  • Collects the most amusing and perceptive passages from the acclaimed comic's previous books, including selections from The Dick Gibson Show, The Franchiser, and The Living End which reveal the humorous side of American life...




  • Killed during a senseless holdup, kindhearted Ellerbee finds himself on a whirlwind tour of a distressingly familiar theme park Heaven and inner-city Hell, where he learns the truth about God's love and wrath. Reprint. NYT. ...



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    A collection of witty, idiosyncratic essays offers observations and reflections on American absurdities, ranging from show business to the First Amendment, high literature to first sex. By the author of The MacGuffin....


Award-Winning Books by Stanley Elkin

George Mills
1982 National Book Critics Circle Award -- National Book Critics Circle Award
Mrs. Ted Bliss
1995 National Book Critics Circle Award -- National Book Critics Circle Award