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1982 Janine, 1984

Identifier: CC-31827-33345

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Scope and Contents

This is Gray's second novel. The story deals with the life of an alcholic, Scottish electrician who fantasizes about sexual bondage scenes and akin those in "The Story of O." The protagonists relations with his mistress, wife and family as well as his friends constitutes the major portion of the book. Gray's Epilogue reveals sources for the story structures in the various chapters.The book includes several pages with highly experimental concrete poetic layouts. This British edition of the book is smaller in size than its American counterpart, also held by the Sackner Archive. ln addition, this decreased size is reflected in the image and typeface sizes comprising the dust jacket. The dust jacket, that was designed by Gray, depicts inverted 'Y's' in a grid on its left side and upright 'Y's' on its right side. -- Source of annotation: Marvin or Ruth Sackner.


  • Creation: 1984



0 See container summary (1 hard cover book (345 pages) in dust jacket) ; 22.4 x 15 x 3 cm

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Physical Location

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Custodial History

The Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, gift from Ruth and Marvin A. Sackner and the Sackner Family Partnership.


Published: London, England : Jonathan Cape. Signed by: Alasdair Gray (t.c.- near title page). Nationality of creator: Scottish. General: Added by: RED; updated by: MARVIN.

Repository Details

Part of the The Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry Repository

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