The Blind Bow-Boy by Carl Van Vechten

Edited by Kirsten MacLeod

Critical Texts 62

Modern Humanities Research Association

31 August 2018  •  182pp

ISBN: 978-1-781882-90-0 (paperback)  •  RRP £12.99, $17.99, €14.99

ISBN: 978-1-781889-11-4 (JSTOR ebook)

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Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964) was a key advocate for modernism across the arts in America in the first half of the twentieth century. As a critic of music, dance, and literature, as novelist, as photographer, as patron of the arts, and as saloniste, he exerted an influence on the development and reception of popular and avant-garde forms of modernism – from jazz, blues, and early cinema to Gertrude Stein and Igor Stravinsky. Though currently less well-known than ‘Lost Generation’ contemporaries such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, Van Vechten was a popular and critically acclaimed figure in his day. Van Vechten’s novels are worthy of recuperation for their distinctive take on the raucous spirit of the Jazz Age, bringing a witty and sardonic viewpoint to issues that his modernist contemporaries approached with gravity.

This edition brings back into print Van Vechten’s second novel, The Blind Bow-Boy (1923), which Van Vechten’s most recent biographer has called a ‘great, forgotten American novel of the 1920s’. It is thoroughly annotated and provides an introduction that foregrounds the novel’s importance for literary modernism and as a treatment of queer identity.

Reviews:

  • ‘Kirsten MacLeod’s new MHRA Critical Texts edition of The Blind Bow-Boy makes it possible and attractive to bring Van Vechten into both the undergraduate and graduate classroom by illuminating the novel’s complex recipe for hedonism... In every sense, then, MacLeod’s framing of the novel makes it feel at once more significant and more enjoyable, and its availability now in an affordable paperback form will hopefully bring more scholars, students, and general readers into contact with its pleasures.’ — Kristin Mahoney, Textual Cultures 12.2, 2019, 144-46
  • ‘If one were to add The Blind Bow-Boy to a class on modernism, New York literature of the 1920s, or even a twentieth-century literature survey, this edition would make the work accessible to a wide range of students because it serves in itself as an excellent introduction to modernist work. Highly recommended.’ — Michelle E. Moore, Modern Language Review 116.3, July 2021, 500-01 (full text online)

Contents:

vii-xxii
Introduction: the Blind Bow-Boy: ‘A Great Forgotten American Novel of the 1920s’
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xxiii-xxiv
Note On the Text and Acknowledgements
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xxv-xxviii
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2-11
Chapter I
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12-18
Chapter II
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19-32
Chapter III
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33-52
Chapter IV
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53-60
Chapter V
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61-70
Chapter VI
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71-89
Chapter VII
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90-106
Chapter VIII
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107-117
Chapter IX
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118-125
Chapter X
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126-132
Chapter XI
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133-140
Chapter XII
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141-145
Chapter XIII
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146-154
Chapter XIV
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Bibliography entry:

MacLeod, Kirsten (ed.), The Blind Bow-Boy by Carl Van Vechten, Critical Texts, 62 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2018)

First footnote reference: 35 The Blind Bow-Boy by Carl Van Vechten, ed. by Kirsten MacLeod, Critical Texts, 62 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2018), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 MacLeod, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

MacLeod, Kirsten (ed.). 2018. The Blind Bow-Boy by Carl Van Vechten, Critical Texts, 62 (Cambridge: MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (MacLeod 2018: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 MacLeod 2018: 21.

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