L. J. Davis
Davis's novel, A Meaningful Life, described by the Village Voice as a "scathing 1971 satire about a reverse-pioneer from Idaho who tries to redeem his banal existence through the renovation of an old slummed-up Brooklyn town house", was reissued in 2009, with an introduction by Jonathan Lethem. Lethem, a childhood friend of one of Davis's sons, praised the novel in an essay about Brooklyn authors, which resulted in New York Review Books Classics reprinting it after nearly 40 years.
Davis died at his home in Brooklyn on April 5, 2011.
- Whence All But He Had Fled (1968)
- Cowboys Don't Cry (1969, Viking Press. reprinted 1970, Ace Books)
- A Meaningful Life (1971, 2009)
- Walking Small (1974)
- Bad Money: Big Business Disasters in the Age of a Credit Crisis (1982)
- Billionaire Shell Game: How Cable Baron John Malone and Assorted Corporate Titans Invented a Future Nobody Wanted (1998)
- Fleet Fire: Thomas Edison and the Pioneers of the Electric Revolution (2003)
- Eric Konigsberg, "For a Brooklyn Tale, and Its Author, a Second Chance at a First Impression", New York Times, April 5, 2009
- A Meaningful Life at New York Review Books
- Eli Epstein-Deutsch, "Jonathan Lethem and L.J. Davis Bring Back A Meaningful Life", Village Voice, April 3, 2009
- Weber, Bruce (9 April 2011). "L. J. Davis, Journalist and Novelist, Is Dead at 70". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 April 2011.
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