Skeleton Key to the Suicide of my Father, Ross Lockridge,



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  1. Ernest Lockridge Ernest Lockridge says:

    Read you cover to cover Whew I so appreciate the inner portrait key thing Your writing sparkles with wit, anger, crispness, VOCABULARY, and brilliance And, you weave in titles and phrases from songs All of it intense and insightful Chaos does resolve into sense Dr Ellyn Geller, Clinical Psychologist It must have been a very difficult book to write, but you have given the world a gift that is important Thank you so very much Linda R Hengst, Executive Director,Ohioana Library A Read you cover to cover Whew I so appreciate the inner portrait key thing Your writing sparkles with wit, anger, crispness, VOCABULARY, and brilliance And, you weave in titles and phrases from songs All of it intense and insightful Chaos does resolve into sense Dr Ellyn Geller, Clinical Psychologist It must have been a very difficult book to write, but you have given the world a gift that is important Thank you so very much Linda R Hengst, Executive Director,Ohioana Library Association I m reminded of Chekhov s understated style Once I started reading I couldn t put it down What emerges is a complete picture of the unique configuration of your dysfunctional family I suppose all families have their cherished secrets by which the sins of the fathers are transmitted to successive generations There is collusion among all the members, creating vicious cycle upon vicious cycle, spiraling into unrelieved misery for all There are no innocent victims except for the children to whom you dedicate it Dr Roger Cooper, Psychologist I opened it and started reading it standing at the counter I didn t even sit down and read through most of it Powerful and tragic story for all Professor Carolyn Ellis, Author If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart, absent thee from felicity awhile, and in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain, to tell my story Skeleton Key isThe Divine Comedy of Revenge Performing the Spiritual Autopsy on the self murder of his famous father, Ross Lockridge, Jr., author of Raintree County, Ernest Lockridge grounds his post mortem personally, historically and culturally And, even as it honors the universe of Extension, of intractable concrete fact, Skeleton Key reaches toward Heaven The author s scalpel, forged in the purifying fire of Truth, is as this tragic history requires it to be keen Pere Nabri SJ, Exorcist Powerful, disturbing and sad I was shaken to the core after reading it and needed to sit with it for awhile I love that you dedicated it to children everywhere and that you had the courage to tell the story How manythere must be in this world The scene where your aunt and grandmother talk with you was brilliantly done and I thought placing it where you did was perfect That Kinsey and his associates lived so near added a chilling effect given what was going on within the family I could go on, but all I ll say is well done and thank you I plan to read it again Susan Knox, Author I began and read SKELETON KEY compulsively in a coffee shop and then finished the day after Your book moved me and made me enraged and made me glad for you for speaking out up The way you tell the story with family photos and in puzzle piece parts is gripping I hope that your hope for the book comes true that it prevents the waste of other lives and that it helps, through the circulation of compassionate truth, to save other children With affection and admiration Jeredith Merrin, Poet Putting it between covers heightens the impact The passion and rage of EHL when I first knew him you makessense now even though I thought it was pretty obvious why but then the easy, obvious reading is what this document explodes At the same time, it s wrenching beyond sad, that the Stull Lockridge family, your lovely mother, the aura of The Book, with a sort of morbid charisma over it all, wasn t quite to put it mildly what it appeared to be I do remember how the fawning over the book seemed nauseatingly over the top and must have registered a mocking note in the subliminal darkness And then I give you one of the family RTCs for a wedding present Ai STUART MITCHNER, novelist I picked this book up and read it through at one sitting What a mesmerizing tale Riveting, depressing, fascinating, succinct and ultimately triumphant Reading it was like watching a murder mystery getting solved before my eyes one jigsaw puzzle piece at a time I also savored the stylish zingers tossed in the direction of the Hollywood, literary and publishing crowds SKELETON KEY had to have been an emotional struggle to write It s a necessary book, and a brave one Customer Review, .COMfrom the Author WHYdid my brilliant father, Ross Lockridge, Jr., execute himself at 33, March 6, 1948, while his first novel, RAINTREE COUNTY, was the number one New York Times Bestseller Additionally, RAINTREE COUNTY had won the Inaugural Metro Goldwyn Mayer Novel Award, which included a Nation wide publicity blitz, plus the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow It had been the Book of the Month Club s Main Selection of January, 1948 A lengthy exerpt had appeared in Life Magazine America s premier organ of popular culture in the 1940s which hitherto had not published fiction Reader s Digest was publishing a condensed version Critics and readers alike considered Dad s first novel, a labor of years, to rank among the top contenders for that mythical numero uno, The Great American Novel This waste of a precious life and incalculable loss to literature bodies forth a murder mystery that for six decades has extruded a slow crawl of platitudes Dad was worn out was unable to immediately begin a second novel and therefore believed himself to be written out was destroyed by the bitch goddess Success was betrayed by a greedy publisher, a book club, by Hollywood was unloved by his mother was burdened with patricidal guilt for besting his father in the Fame Game ad nauseam Not to mention Epistemology 101 and its soggy taboo Oh, my We simply can never know even why we ourselves do the things we do, let along another human being The ordeals that marred the publication of RAINTREE COUNTY are grossly disproportionate to the prodigious success in which my father should have been reveling He had suffered setbacks before some extreme only to bounce back, stalwart in spirit and evenrobust in resolve For, even as he was executing himself my father was experiencing success beyond the greatest of great expectations Within the space of a few brief months Dame Fortune had transported him from poverty to wealth Except for a New Yorker review notable for its gleeful sadism, RAINTREE COUNTY was being praised throughout the land as the novel of the year, decade, Century, by far the most significant novel since WWII My father died in full knowledge that his life, viewed from the street, had exceeded all but the most extravagant of human dreams.Yet he left behind no last will and testament, no personal note of farewell only four children, nine, five, four and two years old, and a lovely widow who worshiped the ground he walked on and whose 34th birthday was less than two weeks away The afternoon of March 6, 1948, Dad borrowed the Electrolux hose with which his parents asphyxiated moles, and that night in our back alley garage he taped the hose to the exhaust of our new Kaiser, locked the garage door, left the engine running, ran the hose through the rear window, crawled into the back seat and mere feet from the bosom of his loving family died a squalid, lonely death.This book holds the Skeleton Key to The Riddle of RAINTREE COUNTY I have written it less from choice than out of an obligation to history and to truth I have grounded this story in my own personal relationship with my father and other family members, especially his parents my grandmother and grandfather Lockridge who had a lethal impact upon my father s life, then attempted a similar impact upon mine.My story is concretely and personally grounded in the culture of the time e.g., Indiana University s Kinsey Institute, and the Hollywood of Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift, Eva Marie Saint, and others connected with the making of the motion picture version of RAINTREE COUNTY I experienced the filming of the movie, and attended its Louisville and Indianapolis Premiers Wardell Baxter Pomeroy, Alfred C Kinsey s colorful right hand man, was our Bloomington, Indiana neighbor, and as a child playing with the Pomeroy children I was privy to certain peculiarities of cultural significance that shed light on my father s place in history A published novelist, I bring to my memoir a novelist s powers of observation, and a novelist s vision of the intricate, poisonous web of cause and effect that trapped my father and ultimately devoured him.Replete with hitherto unpublished photographs, and documents such as my father s medical records from his self truncated stint in an Indianapolis psychiatric ward mere weeks before his suicide, SKELETON KEY marries the Memoir with the Graphic Novel Embedded in my narrative is the covert culture of pervasive pedophilia, incest and childhood sexual abuse, cocooned by institutional protection and denial, and permitted to persist, and to wreak unacknowledged havoc in the lives of innocents.Squeamishness and Mendacity, blood brothers, go hand in hand Miss Manners plays no part in this tragedy Truth is not subject to etiquette or taste, and it is precisely because the truth about my father s brief, terrible life and his forlorn death is unspeakable that the truth demands to be told Ernest Lockridge


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Skeleton Key to the Suicide of my Father, Ross Lockridge, Jr., Author of Raintree County [PDF / Epub] ☁ Skeleton Key to the Suicide of my Father, Ross Lockridge, Jr., Author of Raintree County Author Ernest Lockridge – Thomashillier.co.uk WHY did my brilliant father, Ross Lockridge, Jr execute himself at , March , , while his first novel, RAINTREE COUNTY, was the Number One Bestseller in America Critics were hailing it as the sole rece WHY did my brilliant father, Ross Lockridge, to the PDF/EPUB ✓ Jr execute himself at , March while his first novel, RAINTREE COUNTY, was the Number One Bestseller in America Critics were hailing it as the sole recent contender for the ultimate American title, The Great American Novel Even Skeleton Key Kindle - as my father was murdering himself, he was experiencing critical and financial success beyond the greatest of great expectations He died with full knowledge that his life, viewed from the street, had exceeded all but the most extravagant of human dreams My book holds the SKELETON Key to the MOBI ô KEY that unlocks the Riddle of Raintree County I offer this painful story less from choice than from an obligation to history and to truth, in order that the truth will not die with me Squeamishness and mendacity, blood brothers, go hand in hand Miss Manners plays no part this tragedy Truth is not subject to etiquette or taste, and it is precisely because the truth about my father s brief, terrible life and his forlorn death is unspeakable that the truth demands to be told.