The Notorious Dr August scoops us up from the very first page and runs with us hand in hand through the extraordinary . Bram weaves excellent writing with historical context and brings to life some complex, yet lovable characters.
The Notorious Dr August scoops us up from the very first page and runs with us hand in hand through the extraordinary life of a dreamer who starts as a fife player in the Civil War, becomes intimately bound to a freed slave, turns a potentially harmful sexual history into a revealing life pattern, using his musical skill to become a Spiritulaist Pianist. I would even recommend this to American studies/history/ Lit professors as a way to introduce their students to the complex web of gender, race and sexual norms of late 19th America as it transitions to the new century.
The Notorious Dr. August book. August: His Real Life And Crimes. Christopher Bram tells the story of Augustus Fitzwilliam Boyd, alias Dr. August, a clairvoyant pianist who communes with ghosts, and who finds meaning in his life through a strange love triangle with a righteous ex-slave and nervous white governess. Spanning the years between the Civil War and the early 1920's, this riveting and ambitious historical novel displays the immense talents of a prodigious, highly esteemed author working at the height of his powers
What distinguishes The Notorious Dr. August from other historical fiction is Bram's finesse in structuring a story that isn't sanctimonious or condescending. He allows his characters to adapt to or reform the shifting norms of society, whether they concern race, sexuality, or class, and with varying results. August, Alice, and Isaac together make an ideological spectrum
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He is in love with Isaac Kemp, an ex-slave who only sporadically returns his affections and who himself successfully woos Alice Pangborn, a rather prim white governess. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. org on August 7, 2010. SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata). Terms of Service (last updated 12/31/2014).
Christopher Bram pulls off a tour de force in his latest novel, "The Notorious Dr. August: His Real Life and Crimes". As a fan of his work, I eagerly awaited his latest contribution to my literary world, and found not the least bit disappointment in this story
Christopher Bram pulls off a tour de force in his latest novel, "The Notorious Dr. As a fan of his work, I eagerly awaited his latest contribution to my literary world, and found not the least bit disappointment in this story.
Christopher Bram (born 1952) is an American author. Bram grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia (outside Norfolk), where he was a paperboy and an Eagle Scout. The Notorious Dr. August: His Real Life and Crimes (2000). Lives of the Circus Animals (2003). He graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1974 (. in English) His nine novels range in subject matter from gay life in the 1970s to the career of a Victorian musical clairvoyant to the frantic world of theater people in contemporary New York. Exiles in America (2006). Mapping the Territory (2009).
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