Saturday, April 08, 2006

The collected works of Aaron Klopstein

Aaron Klopstein "committed suicide at the age of 33 in Greenwich Village by shooting himself with an Amazonian blow gun, having published two novels entitled Once More the Cicatrice and The Sea Gull Has No Friends, two volumes of poetry, one book of short stories and a book of critical essays entitled Shakespeare in Baby Talk."--from Raymond Chandler Speaking, University of California Press, 1997.
Actually, there (apparently) was no Aaron Klopstein; Chandler made him two of the more awful titles for imaginary novels as well as (what should be) the giveaway "book of critical essays entitled Shakespeare in Baby Talk."

And maybe those not as gullible as I am immediately raised an eyebrow at the Amazonian blow gun as instrument of suicide.

This bit of esoterica comes from an interesting site called "The Neglected Books Page."

Check it out.

--Marshal Zeringue