Illegally entering the dean’s office at night through a steam tunnel that once stored the bodies of students who died in the 1918 influenza epidemic may seem ill advised. But to do so in search of evidence that the university president had sacrificed innocent faculty to save his own skin during the McCarthy witch hunts risks immediate expulsion. And yet undergraduate Adam Swan, enlisting the help of Margot Marcus, a beautiful young instructor in the Italian Department, undertakes the heist. Thus begins A LOVE BEYOND GRIEVANCE. Part memoir, part fiction, the novel unfolds against the backdrop of political purges in the early 1950s, biracialism, university turbulence, and Mussolini’s mistress.
Fiction. Autobiographical Fiction. Hybrid.
Paul M. Levitt was born in Newark, New Jersey. He earned a Ph.D. in English at UCLA and has taught at the University of Colorado since 1964, spending many summers in London writing plays for the BBC Radio. His great passion is writing historical fiction, which has enabled him to visit the Jazz Age (Chin Music), McCarthy-ism (Dark Matters), immigrants to America (Come with Me to Babylon), 12th-century England (THE SAINT- MAKERS), Soviet Russia (Stalin's Barber), World War II Germany (YANA and BERLIN REVISITED), and postwar upper-crust America (ROWING TO ITHACA). A prolific author, Paul has published 14 novels, 17 plays, 7 children's books, and numerous academic treatises.