SK: In some ways, I come a little unprepared. There are two things I wanted to bring you but they’re just about me so they’re not very significant, but it’s interesting for me. The original edition of After Claude, which Iris inscribed to me—a very, very nice inscription, It gets me a little tearful sometimes.Read more.
Harriet Daimler is getting kicked out by her lover, Claude the French Rat, who is such a rat he expects her to stick around to host one last dinner party. Instead, she goes on a rampage through downtown New York City that culminates in a hallucinatory, psychologically harrowing, deeply hilarious and hugely weird scene at the Chelsea Hotel. It’s Harriet’s happening, man, and it will freak YOU out. This 1973 novel by notorious raconteur, pornographer, gambler, and nice Jewish girl who went to Barnard Iris Owens is without peer or parallel. We are delighted to be featuring the 2010 NYRB Classics edition, introduced by Emily Praeger.