Spalding Gray Books In Order


  1. Impossible Vacation (1992)


  1. Sex and Death to the Age of 14 (1986)


  1. Terrors of Pleasure (1988)

Non fiction

  1. In Search of the Monkey Girl (1987)
  2. Swimming to Cambodia (1987)
  3. Monster in a Box (1991)
  4. Gray’s Anatomy (1993)
  5. It’s a Slippery Slope (1997)
  6. Morning, Noon, and Night (1999)
  7. Life Interrupted (2005)
  8. The Journals of Spalding Gray (2011)

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Impossible Vacation

In an eccentrically funny story, Brewster North spends his life searching for a moment of protected pleasure and finding himself unable to ever attain it. By the author of Monster in a Box.

Sex and Death to the Age of 14

This is a collection of six monologues by the master of one man drama. Included are ‘Sex and Death at the Age of 14,’ ‘Booze, Cars, and College Girls,’ ’47 Beds,’ ‘Nobody Wanted to Sit Behind a Desk,’ ‘Travels through New England,’ and ‘Terror of Pleasure: The House.’ Also includes a preface by the author.

Terrors of Pleasure

Gray’s monologues are an American treasure, giving voice to our unspoken fears and ambitions. This time he takes on the shattering experience of trying to own a home, telling the story of ‘the little house that cried.’

Swimming to Cambodia

‘It took courage to do what Spalding did courage to make theatre so naked and unadorned, to expose himself in this way and fight the demons in public. In doing so, he entered our hearts my heart because he made his struggle my struggle. His life became my life.’ Eric Bogosian

‘Virtuosic. A master writer, reporter, comic and playwright. Spalding Gray is a sit down monologist with the soul of a stand up comedian. A contemporary Gulliver, he travels the globe in search of experience and finds the ridiculous.’ The New York Times

In 2004, we mourned the loss of one of America’s true theatrical innovators. Spalding Gray took his own life by jumping from the Staten Island ferry into the waters of New York Harbor, finally succumbing to the impossible notion that he could in fact swim to Cambodia. At a memorial gathering for family, friends and fans at Lincoln Center in New York, his widow expressed the need to honor Gray’s legacy as an artist and writer for his children, as well as for future generations of fans and readers. Originally published in 1985, Swimming to Cambodia is reissued here 20 years later in a new edition as a tribute to Gray’s singular artistry.

Writer, actor and performer, Spalding Gray is the author of Sex and Death to the Age 14; Monster in a Box; It’s a Slippery Slope; Gray’s Anatomy and Morning, Noon and Night, among other works. His appearance in The Killing Fields was the inspiration for his Swimming to Cambodia, which was also filmed by Jonathan Demme.

Monster in a Box

This long awaited monologue by Gray has been performed to the applause of sell out crowds and the accolades of critics in New York, Los Angeles, and beyond. Appearing here in book form for the first time, with a new afterword, Monster in a Box will be released as a feature film in 1992.

Gray’s Anatomy

In middle age Spalding Gray has entered ‘the Bermuda Triangle of Health,’ that place where the body begins to break down in alarming and humiliating ways. His immediate problem is an eye complaint that could be corrected with minor surgery. But for the high priest of high anxiety, nothing is ever minor. And so Gray embarks on a crazed crusade for wellness that takes him from a Native American sweat lodge to a dictatorial nutritionist and, finally, to a gory session with the ‘Elvis Presley of psychic surgeons’ in the Far East. Exquisitely timed, unfettered in its intelligence, and funny enough to push readers to the brink of cardiac arrest, Gray’s Anatomy is a surreal tour de force of body and soul.

It’s a Slippery Slope

Spalding Gray’s new monologue about surviving a midlife crisis by finding his balance on skis explores the dramatic changes in the author’s personal life: becoming a father for the first time; losing a father forever; and surviving a mother’s suicide. Brilliantly written, with perfect timing and haiku sharp prose, It’s a Slippery Slope is the most accomplished and moving monologue to date from the author of Swimming to Cambodia and Monster in a Box.

Morning, Noon, and Night

In Morning, Noon and Night that master of the confessional, Spalding Gray, tells the event filled, emotionally charged, and outrageously funny story of one day of his life in October 1997, after the birth of his son Theo. Horrified by the prospect of having another son, considering what he and his two brothers did to their father, and ambivalent about the idea of living in a small, quaint town on eastern Long Island that seems an odd detour for a man destined for California, Gray comes to feel, of course, a profound affinity for his baby boy, born with the looks of a ‘wet, blue beaver.’ But this is not merely a father’s account of an infant son; it’s the story of his new life with his girlfriend Kathie; his regally precocious eleven year old stepdaughter, Marissa ‘Please don’t let me die a virgin!’; and his older son, Forrest, who stymies Gray time and again with his metaphysical inquisitiveness ‘Daddy, what’s behind the stars?’ ‘How do flies celebrate?’ A richly comic work about parenthood, about adults who don’t grow up and children who do, Morning, Noon and Night stands as Gray’s most mature work to date.

Life Interrupted

As the first decade of the new century was getting underway, Spalding Gray worried that the joy he d finally found with his wife, stepdaughter, and two sons would fail to fuel his work as a theatrical monologist the way anxiety, conflict, doubt, and various crises once had. Before he got the chance to find out, however, an automobile accident in Ireland left him with the lasting wounds of body and spirit that ultimately led him to take his own life. But as his dear friend novelist Francine Prose notes in this volume’s foreword, Even when his depression became so severe that he was barely able to hold a simple conversation, he was, miraculously, able to perform. As was always his method, Gray began to fashion a new monologue in various workshop settings that would tell the story of the accident and its aftermath. Originally titled Black Spot for what the locals called the section of highway where Gray s accident occurred it began as a series of workshops at P.S. 122 in New York City and eventually became Life Interrupted. Gray died in early 2004, and though never completed, Life Interrupted is rich with brave self revelation, masterfully acute observations of wonderfully peculiar people, penetrating wit and genuine humor, an irresolvable fascination with life and death, and all the other attributes of Gray s singular and unmistakable voice. In the final performance of Life Interrupted, Gray read two additional pieces: a short story about a day he spent with his son Theo at the carousel in Central Park and a brief, poignant love letter to New York City that he wrote after the terrorist attacks in 2001. This volume includes these pieces as well as many of the eulogies that were delivered by his friends and family at memorial services held at Lincoln Center and in Sag Harbor. If you had to reduce all of Spalding s work to its essence, its core, if you wanted to locate the subject to which, no matter what else he talked about, he kept returning, I suppose you could say that his work was a profoundly metaphysical inquiry into how we manage to live despite the knowledge that we are someday going to die…
. If there is a consolation, it s what he left behind: the children whom he so loved and, of course, his work. Reading the unfinished pieces in this volume…
we hear his voice again and feel the happiness we felt when he sat on stage behind his wooden desk, took a sip from his water glass, transformed the raw material of his life into art, and the crowd applauded each brilliant, beautiful sentence. Francine Prose, from the ForewordAlso available as an eBook

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