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Lucia Berlin (1936–2004)

Autor(a) de A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories

75+ Works 2,440 Membros 81 Críticas 8 Favorited

About the Author

Lucia Berlin (1936-2004) worked brilliantly but sporadically throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Her stories are inspired by her early childhood in various Western mining towns; her glamorous teenage years in Santiago, Chile; three failed marriages; a lifelong problem with alcoholism; her years mostrar mais spent in Berkeley, New Mexico, and Mexico City; and the various jobs she later held to support her writing and her four sons. Sober and writing steadily by the 1990s, she took a visiting writer's post at the University of Colorado Boulder in 1994 and was soon promoted to associate professor. In 2001, in failing health, she moved to Southern California to be near her sons. She died in 2004 in Marina del Rey. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Lucia Berlin

A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories (2015) — Autor — 1,761 exemplares
Evening in Paradise: More Stories (2018) 346 exemplares
So Long: Stories 1987-1992 (1993) 42 exemplares
Where I Live Now (1999) 41 exemplares
Angels Laundromat (1981) 5 exemplares
Safe & Sound (1989) 5 exemplares
Phantom Pain (1984) 4 exemplares
Welcome Home 3 exemplares
Noite no paraíso 2 exemplares
The Musical Vanity Boxes (2016) 2 exemplares
Witaj w domu 1 exemplar
Koduabilise käsiraamat (2022) 1 exemplar
Bem-vinda a casa [MEMÓRIAS] (2022) 1 exemplar
The Wives 1 exemplar
Friends 1 exemplar
Berlin Lucia 1 exemplar
El Tim 1 exemplar
Una nueva vida 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Wild Women: Contemporary Short Stories by Women Celebrating Women (1994) — Contribuidor — 150 exemplares
Calling Home: Working-Class Women's Writings (1990) — Contribuidor — 57 exemplares
The Penguin Book of the Modern American Short Story (2021) — Contribuidor — 54 exemplares
Modern Fiction About Schoolteaching: An Anthology (1995) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
早稲田文学増刊 女性号 (2017) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Berlin, Lucia
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Localização do túmulo
Green Mountain Cemetery, Boulder, Colorado, USA
Local de nascimento
Juneau, Alaska, USA
Local de falecimento
Marina del Rey, California, USA
Locais de residência
Boulder, Colorado, USA
Santiago, Chile
Idaho, USA
Montana, USA
Arizona, USA (mostrar todos 8)
California, USA
New Mexico, USA
short story writer
creative writing teacher
switchboard operator
Sender, Ramon J. (teacher)
University of Colorado, Boulder

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Lucia Berlin was born in Juneau, Alaska, and grew up in mining camps in Idaho, Montana, and Arizona, following her father's career as a mining engineer; then in Santiago, Chile, where she led a wealthy and privileged life as a teenager. She began publishing stories at age 24 in national magazines, but her first collection, Angel's Laundromat, did not appear until 1981. Most of her work can be found in three volumes: Homesick: New and Selected Stories (1990), So Long: Stories 1987-92 (1993) and Where I Live Now: Stories 1993-98 (1999). She received an American Book Award in 1991 for Homesick, and was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2015, nearly 10 years after her death, she finally achieved fame with the publication of her bestselling collection A Manual for Cleaning Women: Short Stories. She had held a variety of blue-collar jobs to support herself, including switchboard operator and cleaning woman, reflected in the titles of some of her stories. She also taught creative writing in a diverse places, including the San Francisco County Jail and the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. In 1994-1995, she was a Visiting Writer at the University of Colorado, Boulder. At the end of her term, she was named associate professor, and continued teaching at UC Boulder until 2000.

She was married three times and had four children.



Manual para mujeres de la limpieza
Lucia Berlin
Publicado: 2016 | 408 páginas
Relato Realista

Con su inigualable toque de humor y melancolía, Berlin se hace eco de su vida, asombrosa y convulsa, para crear verdaderos milagros literarios con episodios del día a día. Las mujeres de sus relatos están desorientadas, pero al mismo tiempo son fuertes, inteligentes y, sobre todo, extraordinariamente reales. Ríen, lloran, aman, beben: sobreviven.
libreriarofer | 59 outras críticas | Feb 20, 2024 |
I can't remember having read a book of stories where the author experienced such a breadth of life, of its humour and pain, of its ugliness and wonder since, well, maybe the greatest book of them all, Don Quixote. I even recognize in the book -- perhaps I am imagining it -- one of the doctors who opined on her scoliosis, a Canadian doctor who set my own broken collarbone when as a child I wandered into the street and was rammed by an oncoming car. Lucia Berlin just saw so much. I am in awe.
MylesKesten | 59 outras críticas | Jan 23, 2024 |
Engrossing interconnected semi-autobiographical stories about hard living. It is easy to feel empathy for these people.
jemisonreads | 59 outras críticas | Jan 22, 2024 |
Siempre estoy buscando... deseando sentirme en casa.» La recopilación definitiva de los textos autobiográficos jamás publicados de Lucia Berlin
AmicanaLibrary | 6 outras críticas | Dec 14, 2023 |



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