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James Purdy was a poet, cult Author and Outsider Artist. His literary career, began in the mid-fifties, and is oddly marked by success that somehow never altered his position as an outsider. His novels and stories have been translated into more than 30 languages, anthologized in text books, and have won him the Guggenheim Fellowship, an award from the National Institute of Arts on Letters and the Ford Foundation grant. Purdy spiraled his pencil in free flowing lines forming innocent looking minimal human figures. Purdy stated "I don't know how to draw I just let the pencil go."