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The Ballad of Dingus Magee

A Novel

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May 28, 2008 | Paperback | 4.5 x 8, 160 Pages | ISBN 9781582434100
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“A bawdy, gaudy charade... There is even a parallel to Don Quixote and Sancho Panza... splendidly convoluted.” —New York Times

Though known today for his singular, stunning narratives that emerge from between the lines of anecdotes, quotes, and small thoughts, in his early days David Markson paid the rent by writing punchy, dramatic novels. On the heels of a new double edition of his steamy noirs Epitaph for a Tramp and Epitaph for a Deadbeat comes a new edition of The Ballad of Dingus Magee, the “Immortal True Saga of the Most Notorious and Desperate Bad Man of the Olden Days, his Blood-Shedding, his Ruination of Poor Helpless Females, & Cetera.” Replete with blasphemy, bullets, and bordellos, this hilarious tale shows the early Markson at his flagrant best, taking down, as Playboy put it, “the breeches of the Old West and blast[ing] what’s exposed with buckshot.”

DAVID MARKSON is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Wittgenstein’s Mistress, Vanishing Point, and most recently The Last Novel. In the ’60s, he created the Harry Fannin series that includes Epitaph for a Tramp and Epitaph for a Deadbeat. He lives and works in Greenwich Village.


“A bawdy, gaudy charade… There is even a parallel to Don Quixote and Sancho Panza… splendidly convoluted.” —New York Times

“Wild, unprincipled, bawdy and very funny.” —New York Post

“Wild… beautifully laced together… his dialect is perfect, his vocabulary of profanity and blasphemy awesome.” —Washington Post

“Witty, wicked, and wonderful… broad farce, lusty sex, bawdy situations… causes nothing but laughter.” —Boston Herald Traveler

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