I’m Dying Laughing: The Humorist

By Christina Stead
Read by Anna Fields

20.63 Hours 01/01/1996 unabridged
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This last great work by one of the century’s great writers is a large and original novel of betrayal and self-delusion, madness and consuming passions, that recreates to chilling effect the political turbulence of the American Left and the clamor and menace of the McCarthy Right. Not since her classic The Man Who Loved Children has Stead fashioned such willful and memorable characters as Emily Wilks and Stephen Howard. Emily is a woman of enormous but mercurial enthusiasms whose unflagging ebullience masks a darkness that will lead to disaster. Stephen—handsome, clever, spoiled—is a dangerous dreamer, an upper-class dropout playing at radical politics. Together, they mirror the times through which they live: the heady revolutionary fervor of the Depression, the short collaborative effort of wartime America, the fractiousness of the Cold War years. 

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Summary

Summary

This last great work by one of the century’s great writers is a large and original novel of betrayal and self-delusion, madness and consuming passions, that recreates to chilling effect the political turbulence of the American Left and the clamor and menace of the McCarthy Right. Not since her classic The Man Who Loved Children has Stead fashioned such willful and memorable characters as Emily Wilks and Stephen Howard. Emily is a woman of enormous but mercurial enthusiasms whose unflagging ebullience masks a darkness that will lead to disaster. Stephen—handsome, clever, spoiled—is a dangerous dreamer, an upper-class dropout playing at radical politics. Together, they mirror the times through which they live: the heady revolutionary fervor of the Depression, the short collaborative effort of wartime America, the fractiousness of the Cold War years. 

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This is wonderful material, wonderfully suited to Stead’s great gifts, and much of the scene, extremely difficult to translate into fiction, is wonderfully done.” Los Angeles Times
“The material itself is fascinating, the writing, especially the dialogue, vital and tumultuous.” Publishers Weekly
“Provides insight into Stead’s view on the political and social climate in the United States, 1930–1960, and on the destructive forces acting on women.” Library Journal
“An aptly, ironically titled novel of politics and the dark places of the heart…I’m Dying Laughing reflects the sum of Stead’s worldly experience: the political activism; the far-flung years in New York, London, Paris.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Christina Stead

Christina Stead (1902–1983) born in Australia, was the author of over a dozen works of fiction and the recipient of the Patrick White Prize.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 20.63
Audience: Adult
Language: English