• Bill, the narrator and protagonist of the novel, relates his early life history.
• Born in 1914 to an established, wealthy family, he was plagued by various nervous conditions such as nightmares and hallucinations. His athletic performance was mediocre and his academic performance was average or slightly above.
• Lee graduated from high school and proceeded to an Ivy League university where he studied English with moderate success.
• After graduating ,Bill began to receive a lifelong monthly stipend sufficient for reasonable needs.
• Bill traveled through Europe where he apparently engaged in securing the casual services of female and male prostitutes. He returned to the United States and drifted through a variety of interests and odd jobs while pursuing psychoanalysis.
• Bill was drafted into the army during World War II. Hating army routine he arranged to be discharged for mental health issues.
• After being discharged from the army, Bill wandered through...
This section contains 1,805 words
(approx. 7 pages at 300 words per page)