You are invited to ask for a free copy (except for $3 shipping expenses) of Osmond
Beckwith's novel Vernon. Send your request by e-mail to me at firstname.lastname@example.org,
subject line VERNON. Because of the high shipping expenses, this offer is
only for USA addresses.
My old friend Mr. Beckwith is a writer, playwright, and publisher. Now in his 90s,
he wants to dissolve his library and offer his books to good homes.
Vernon: An Anecdotal Novel
Published by Breaking Point, New York, 1981. 195 pp. Illustrated by Michael McCurdy.
ISBN 0-917020-02-7. $10.00
As the subtitle indicates, this first novel by a writer of short fiction consists
of episodes in the life of a farm boy, Robert Parsons, from first memories through
sexual awakening, in and around the fictional country town of Vernon during the Twenties
and Thirties. However, both time and setting are purposely vague in comparison to
the intensely and minutely detailed perceptions and emotions that Robert feels during
the course of a normal childhood. Beckwith uncannily evokes the mind of a child rationalizing
the strange ways of an adult world and coping with the changes in his own body and
capabilities. McCurdy's stark woodcuts give an aura of added significance. An interesting
experiment in the psychological novel, beautifully designed and printed.
-- Shelly Cox, Special Collections, Southern lllinois University Library, Carbondale
In addition to the Shelly Cox review above, Vernon has been praised by G.
Legman, X. J. Kennedy, Piers Anthony, and other authors.
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