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Riassunto: Publication Date: March 6, 2011 Revised and Expanded: October 1, 2011
WHY did my brilliant father Ross Lockridge, Jr. execute himself at 33, while his first novel RAINTREE COUNTY held the Number-One ranking in the United States and was being praised by readers and critics alike as The Great Ameridcan Novel?
Even as he was killing himself he was experiencing success beyond the greatest of great expectations, dying in full knowledge that his life, viewed from the street, had exceeded all but the most extravagant of human dreams.
My book offers the Skeleton Key that unlocks the Riddle of Raintree County. I do this less from choice than an obligation to history and to truth.
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.
SKELETON KEY is grounded in my own personal relationship with my father and other family members, especially his parents (my grandfather and grandmother), who had a lethal impact upon his life, then attempted a similar impact upon mine.
My book is concretely and personally grounded, too, in the culture of the time--in particular, the Kinsey Institute, and Hollywood (e.g.,Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift, Eva Marie Saint, Edward Dmytrik and others connected with making of the motion-picture version of RAINTREE COUNTY). I experienced the filming of the movie. I attended its premiere.
Wardell Baxter Pomeroy, Kinsey's colorful right-hand man, was our neighbor. As a child playing with the Pomeroy children I learned "peculiarities" of cultural significance, that shed light on my father's place in History.
Embedded in my narrative is the covert culture of pervasive pedophilia and childhood sexual abuse, cocooned by institutional protection and denial, and permitted to persist, and to wreak unacknowledged havoc in the lives of innocents.
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 ultimately trapped my father and devoured him.
Replete with hitherto unpublished photographs, and documents such as my father's medical records from his brief stint in a psychiatric ward shortly before his suicide, SKELETON KEY marries the Memoir with the Graphic Novel.
"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." Professor Jeredith Merrin, Poet "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 "Putting it between covers heightens the impact. The passion and rage of EHL when I first knew him/you makes more sense 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 "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 "'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 "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 "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 many more there 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 threw it in the trash--went right out and put it in an ugly dumpster!" Ex-Lockridge family member
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