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Ellen Gilchrist (1935–2024)

Autor(a) de Victory over Japan: A Book of Stories

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About the Author

She is the author of 16 works of fiction, including the story collection Victory Over Japan, which won the National Book Award & most recently, The Cabal & Other Stories. She lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Ocean Springs, Mississippi & New Orleans, Louisiana. (Bowker Author Biography)


Obras por Ellen Gilchrist

In the Land of Dreamy Dreams (1981) 327 exemplares
Drunk with Love (1986) 266 exemplares
The Anna Papers (1988) 251 exemplares
Ellen Gilchrist: Collected Stories (2000) 245 exemplares
The Annunciation (1983) 226 exemplares
Net of Jewels (1992) 225 exemplares
Starcarbon (1994) 193 exemplares
The Courts of Love: Stories (1996) 168 exemplares
Sarah Conley (1997) 165 exemplares
Rhoda: A Life in Stories (1995) 165 exemplares
The Age of Miracles (1995) 157 exemplares
The Cabal and Other Stories (2000) 146 exemplares
A Dangerous Age (2008) 135 exemplares
Flights of Angels: Stories (1998) 133 exemplares
Nora Jane: A Life in Stories (2005) 127 exemplares
Acts of God (2014) 113 exemplares
The Writing Life (2005) 75 exemplares
Nora Jane and Company (1997) 15 exemplares
Memphis 1 exemplar
Black Winter 1 exemplar
A Dangerous Place 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Best American Short Stories 1995 (1995) — Contribuidor — 301 exemplares
Downhome: An Anthology of Southern Women Writers (1995) — Contribuidor — 115 exemplares
The Penguin Book of International Women's Stories (1996) — Contribuidor — 113 exemplares
Granta 19: More Dirt (1986) — Contribuidor — 76 exemplares
Revenge: Short Stories by Women Writers (1986) — Contribuidor — 49 exemplares
Southern Dogs and Their People (2000) — Contribuidor — 39 exemplares
New Orleans Noir 2: The Classics (2016) — Contribuidor — 37 exemplares
The Secret Self: A Century of Short Stories by Women (1995) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, 1995 (1995) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
The New Great American Writers' Cookbook (2003) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction June 1995, Vol. 88, No. 6 (1995) — Author - Black Winter — 20 exemplares
Mississippi Writers: An Anthology (1991) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



A very Southern set of stories.
mykl-s | 24 outras críticas | Aug 5, 2023 |
Ellen Gilchrist, now 87, has never written that one book that might have made her a big name in literary circles. Just the same, novels such as “The Annunciation” and “The Anna Papers” and short story collections such as “In the Land of Dreamy Dreams” and “Victory Over Japan” have been satisfying discerning readers since the 1980s. Her 2005 book “The Writing Life” gives us a look at the woman reflected in her fiction.

The book's brief essays, often repetitive, are divided into three overlapping categories: her life, her writing and her teaching. The latter — she had been teaching creative writing at the University of Arkansas for four years at the time this book was published — seems to have been its trigger. It was inspired by young people, she says, another way for her to help young writers become better writers.

So devoted has she become to teaching writing that she confesses her own writing has suffered as a result. Although "Writing Is Rewriting" is a slogan she impresses on her students again and again, she admits she has lost patience with rewriting. She insists she prefers her original drafts, and if they don't please her editor, so be it. She has come to the point in her career where she takes more pleasure in her students' successes than her own.

Gilchrist herself was taught by Eudora Welty, whose work she adores. She also has high praise for such writers as William Faulkner and Larry McMurtry, and the collected advice of Ernest Hemingway, “On Writing,” is something she always recommends to her students. Her favorite Sunday afternoon pursuit has for years been reading Shakespeare's plays aloud with a group of friends.

Well short of being an autobiography, “On Writing” nevertheless shows us a great deal about Gilchrist's eccentric life, her many marriages, her devotion to her sons and her grandchildren and her almost parental love for her students. The book was written over a period of years, which helps explain why she repeats herself so much. Only a few of the essays have been published elsewhere. The essays, rarely more than three or four pages each, never fail to entertain and, if the reader is another writer, inform.
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hardlyhardy | 3 outras críticas | Jun 15, 2022 |
3.5 stars

Best quote: "The human race. You have to love it and wish it well and not preach or think you have any reason to think you are better than anyone else. Amen. Good-bye. Peace…"
amandanan | 24 outras críticas | Jun 6, 2020 |
Nice little writer's journal. Nothing much more, but doesn't need to be.
Aaron.Cohen | May 28, 2020 |



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