“A very serious and ultimately compelling novel..Mr. Koch has made an original journey into the recesses of language and pathology; his control is superb; his achievement disquieting.”

—John Leonard, The New York Times

A novel that dances with as much intelligence as grace

“In the overheated art world of Greenwich Village East, SoHo, the voguish Hamptons, brightened by such figures as Stella, Johns, Rauschenberg and the ubiquitous Warhol, in short, the ’60s scene. When everything seemed ready to explode, Mel Dworkin is the latest celebrity. He is as unpleasant a character as he is a talented painter; competitive, of dubious morals, an unconscionable manipulator of people. Observing him steadily is the narrator Jason Phillips, an art historian and critic and himself a figure in the scene he portrays. Jason is enamored of both the gallery-owner who is Dworkin’s dealer and her male assistant, a character equally well-known on the art scene and in the gay netherworld. Pairings in this volatile milieu are brittle, just as fashions in art appear to change fortnightly. Koch, the author of a book on Warhol’s films, is well situated to provide a shrewd, engrossing insider’s view of that moment when the New York school was riding the crest of the New Wave and he has done just that.

—Publishers Weekly

A Note from the Author…

After Stargazer, I moved around a bit in the New York art world. The result was this novel about a great artist’s tragedy. As a spooky footnote, just before his death, Warhol told an interviewer that he wanted to make a movie version of The Bachelor’s Bride.

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Praise for The Bachelor’s Bride

“It is a brilliant book. It is unusual for something so intellectually challenging to also turn out to be a page turner. The Bachelor’s Bride has the ability to scratch and hold everyone’s attention that really good gossip does. And it is also a strikingly insightful look at what intense excitements the life of the mind has to offer.”

 

—Madison Bell

“Stephen Koch has written a marvelous novel, one that dances with as much intelligence as grace and with a threatening intensity as well. Thus one reads The Bachelor’s Bride carefully; one might miss something, and it may explode in one’s hands, too. All the good books we love seem to promise a certain psychic violence, and The Bachelor’s Bride is of this high order.”

 

—Russell Banks

About Stephen Koch

Koch is the author of two novels and five books of nonfiction, ranging from history to literary history and a handbook on creative writing called The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop. His most recent book is Hitler’s Pawn – The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust  about the life of a Jewish teenager who in 1938 assassinated a minor German Diplomat and gave Hitler his pretext for Kristallnacht, and had worldwide repercussions in the lead up to the second World War. 

Koch has steadily written essays and reviews about literature, art, and the cultural scene. One of his books, Stargazer – The Life, World, and Films of Andy Warhol, is now regarded as a classic discussion of Warhol’s films, art and sensibility. Read More…

About Stephen Koch

Koch is the author of two novels and five books of nonfiction, ranging from history to literary history and a handbook on creative writing called The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop. His most recent book is Hitler’s Pawn – The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust  about the life of a Jewish teenager who in 1938 assassinated a minor German Diplomat and gave Hitler his pretext for Kristallnacht, and had worldwide repercussions in the lead up to the second World War. 

Koch has steadily written essays and reviews about literature, art, and the cultural scene. One of his books, Stargazer – The Life, World, and Films of Andy Warhol, is now regarded as a classic discussion of Warhol’s films, art and sensibility. Read More...

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