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Book Title: My First Two Thousand Years: The Autobiography of the Wandering Jew|
The author of the book: George Sylvester Viereck
Edition: Sheridan House
Date of issue: April 24th 2001
ISBN 13: 9781574091281
Format files: PDF
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Imagine: A man named Cartaphilus taunts Jesus on the way to the crucifixion, telling Jesus to hurry up. Jesus turns to the man and says, "I shall go but you shall tarry until I return." 30-year-old Cartaphilus ceases to age.
The Good: Cartaphilus meets many historical figures through the centuries: Appolonious, Mohommed, Atilla, Leonardo da Vinci, Spinoza, Pope Alexander VI (a Borgia), Peter the Great, Martin Luther, and many, many more. He participates in and influences various fulcrums of history. He grapples with loneliness and ennui. He creates an immortal companion named Kortikokura. He pursues a two thousand year courtship of another immortal named Salome (yes, the Salome from the Bible, somewhat re-imagined). It's a fun adventure which also lightly explores the downsides of living forever.
The Bad: This is definitely a man's fantasy, and not today's male but rather a man from a century ago. (The author was born 1884.) Cartaphilus travels to China where he masters the secret of "unendurable pleasure indefinitely prolonged." (Cliché, anyone?) He travels to Baghdad after being rebuffed by Salome, and he drowns his sorrow by purchasing a palace and filling it with his own harem. Some of the attitudes of a century ago are, by today's standards, obvious belittlement and mistreatment of women. So, there's that. The science and philosophy are dated, of course.
The Final Verdict: A tough call between two and three stars. I loved the plot, and I mostly enjoyed the story. However, the tale hasn't aged as well as we might hope. It's "ok". No, strike that. We'll give it three stars.
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Read information about the authorGeorge Viereck was born in Germany, to a German father and American-born mother. His father Louis, born out of wedlock to German actress Edwina Viereck, was reputed to be a son of Kaiser Wilhelm I. Another relative of the Hohenzollern family assumed legal paternity of the boy. In the 1870s Louis Viereck joined the Marxist socialist movement. In 1896 Viereck emigrated to the United States. His American-born wife Laura and 12-year-old son George Sylvester followed in 1897.
In 1904 while still in college, George Sylvester Viereck, with the help of literary critic Ludwig Lewisohn published his first collection of poems. He graduated from the College of the City of New York in 1906. The next year his collection Nineveh and Other Poems (1907) won Viereck national fame. A number were written in the style of the Uranian male love poetry of the time.
In the 1920s, Viereck became close friends with Nikola Tesla. According to Tesla, Viereck was the greatest contemporary American poet. Tesla occasionally attended dinner parties held by Viereck and his wife. He dedicated his poem "Fragments of Olympian Gossip" to Viereck, a work in which Tesla ridiculed the scientific establishment of the day.
Between 1907 and 1912, Viereck turned into a Germanophile. In 1908 he published the best-selling Confessions of a Barbarian. He lectured at the University of Berlin on American poetry in 1911. Notably, he conducted an interview with Adolf Hitler in 1923 which offered hints of what was to come. He was a close personal friend of Nicola Tesla. He was the person most instrumental in inducing Tesla to work with the German rocket scientists on the "p2" project at Los Alamos, New Mexico, 1936-1937. He founded two publications, The International and The Fatherland, which argued the German cause during World War I. Viereck became a well-known Nazi apologist. In 1941, he was indicted in the U.S. for a violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act when he set up his publishing house, Flanders Hall. He was convicted in 1942 for this failure to register with the U. S. Department of State as a Nazi agent. He was imprisoned from 1942 to 1947.
Viereck's memoir of life in prison, Men into Beasts, was published as a paperback original by Fawcett Publications in 1952. The book is a general memoir of discomfort, loss of dignity, and brutality in prison life. The front matter and backcover text focuses on the situational homosexuality and male rape described in the book (witnessed, not experienced, by Viereck). The book, while a memoir, is thus the first original title of 1950s gay pulp fiction, an emerging genre in that decade.
Viereck also published one of the first known gay vampire novels The House of the Vampire (1907). Not only is this one of the first known gay vampire stories, but it is also one of the first psychic vampire stories—where a vampire feeds off more than just blood.