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Jane Smiley

Autor(a) de A Thousand Acres

52+ Works 22,737 Membros 679 Críticas 63 Favorited

About the Author

Jane Smiley was born in Los Angeles, California on September 26, 1949. She received a B. A. from Vassar College in 1971 and an M.F.A. and a Ph.D from the University of Iowa. From 1981 to 1996, she taught undergraduate and graduate creative writing workshops at Iowa State University. Her books mostrar mais include The Age of Grief, The Greenlanders, Moo, Horse Heaven, Ordinary Love and Good Will, Some Luck, and Early Warning. In 1985, she won an O. Henry Award for her short story Lily, which was published in The Atlantic Monthly. A Thousand Acres received both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Jane Smiley

A Thousand Acres (1991) 6,052 exemplares
Moo (1995) 2,502 exemplares
Some Luck (2014) 1,243 exemplares
Horse Heaven (2000) 1,124 exemplares
The Greenlanders (1988) 1,111 exemplares
Good Faith (2003) 881 exemplares
Private Life (2010) 716 exemplares
Duplicate Keys (1984) 715 exemplares
Ten Days in the Hills (2007) 637 exemplares
Early Warning (2015) 558 exemplares
The Age of Grief (1987) 542 exemplares
Ordinary Love and Good Will (1989) 491 exemplares
Golden Age (2015) 425 exemplares
Barn Blind (1979) 380 exemplares
Charles Dickens (2002) 361 exemplares
Perestroika in Paris (2020) 309 exemplares
At Paradise Gate (1981) 305 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 1995 (1995) — Editor — 298 exemplares
A Dangerous Business (2022) 264 exemplares
Twenty Yawns (2016) 233 exemplares
The Georges and the Jewels (2009) 214 exemplares
A Good Horse (2010) 151 exemplares
Great American Short Stories (Barnes & Noble Signature Editions) (2012) — Introdução — 111 exemplares
Best New American Voices 2006 (2005) 79 exemplares
Pie in the Sky (2012) 61 exemplares
Gee Whiz (2013) 41 exemplares
A Thousand Acres [1997 film] (1997) — Autor — 28 exemplares
The Hillside (2018) 25 exemplares
The Strays of Paris (2020) 18 exemplares
Riding Lessons (2018) 14 exemplares
Saddles & Secrets (2019) 5 exemplares
Taking the Reins (2020) 5 exemplares
Lucky 4 exemplares
Lucky 3 exemplares
Schön, dass du hier bist (1987) 2 exemplares
Mood of Christmas 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Little Women (1868) — Introdução, algumas edições25,705 exemplares
The Mill on the Floss (1860) — Posfácio, algumas edições8,498 exemplares
Of Human Bondage (1915) — Introdução, algumas edições8,274 exemplares
The Return of the Native (1878) — Introdução, algumas edições7,801 exemplares
Crossing to Safety (1987) — Introdução, algumas edições4,168 exemplares
Nancy's Mysterious Letter (1932) — Introdução, algumas edições2,576 exemplares
The Sagas of Icelanders (1997) — Prefácio — 2,397 exemplares
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn [Norton Critical Edition, 1st ed.] (1884) — Contribuidor — 1,366 exemplares
The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction (1983) — Contribuidor — 1,114 exemplares
The Balkan Trilogy (1960) — Introdução, algumas edições1,083 exemplares
The Fish Can Sing (1966) — Introdução, algumas edições620 exemplares
The Moonflower Vine (1962) — Prefácio, algumas edições609 exemplares
Writers on Writing: Collected Essays from the New York Times (2001) — Contribuidor — 440 exemplares
Family Furnishings: Selected Stories, 1995-2014 (2014) — Prefácio — 364 exemplares
Poison Penmanship: The Gentle Art of Muckraking (1979) — Preface, algumas edições345 exemplares
School for Love (1951) — Introdução, algumas edições269 exemplares
First Fiction: An Anthology of the First Published Stories by Famous Writers (1994) — Contribuidor; Introdução — 182 exemplares
Me, My Hair, and I: Twenty-seven Women Untangle an Obsession (2015) — Contribuidor — 137 exemplares
The Barbie Chronicles: A Living Doll Turns Forty (1999) — Contribuidor — 104 exemplares
The Granta Book of the American Long Story (1822) — Contribuidor — 94 exemplares
An Innocent Abroad: Life-Changing Trips from 35 Great Writers (2014) — Contribuidor — 70 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 1985 (1985) — Contribuidor — 59 exemplares
Marta Oulie: A Novel of Betrayal (1907) — Introdução, algumas edições57 exemplares
Listen to Their Voices: Twenty Interviews With Women Who Write (1993) — Contribuidor — 49 exemplares
The Good Parts: The Best Erotic Writing in Modern Fiction (2000) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
Antaeus No. 75/76, Autumn 1994 - The Final Issue (1994) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
Horse Stories (2012) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



Jane Smiley: American Author Challenge em 75 Books Challenge for 2016 (Abril 2016)
June 2011 Read: Private Life em Missouri Readers (Junho 2011)


I'm a total sucker for this kind of daily-life anthropological fiction, with rich understanding and respect for the characters and the connections between grand social and technological changes and the way people live.

Plus, as a child of Iowa and Kansas with big opinions about how the agricultural communities were screwed and screwed themselves, it was compelling to see if play out in this story. It made me feel more connected to my ancestors, and more melancholy for the life they knew and lost.

Trilogy completion check-in: it's good. Read on.
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mmparker | 76 outras críticas | Oct 24, 2023 |
I'm not sure the title is accurate; however, this short book of essays is both enchanting and serious. Smiley holds the podium effectively, with subjects as varied as an appreciation of St. Louis; the joy of growing up on a farm; abiding admiration of Charles Dickens and Anthony Trollope; Huck Finn vs Uncle Tom's Cabin; the role of mothers as both authors and subjects of literature; Willa Cather and her classic My Antonia; and the joy of reading Jessica and Nancy Mitford despite knowledge of their family history of Nazi involvement. My favorite chapter states a strong defense of Amy March as the most feminist character in Little Women, beating out the universally beloved Jo. Everyone who loves, loves, loves the Louisa May Alcott classic will be pleased to take sides!

Quotes: "There were writers then who frightened me, who liked to say, you'll never be a writer if you (fill in the blank) or if you don't (fill in the blank)."

"White Americans always think racism is a feeling, and they reject it or they embrace it. To most Americans, it seems more honorable and nicer to reject it, so they do, but they almost invariably fail to understand that how they feel means very little to Black Americans, who understand racism as a way of structuring American culture, American politics, and the American economy."

"The essence of the novel is the tension between wanting to linger in appreciation of an individual line and wanting to see what happens next."
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froxgirl | Oct 17, 2023 |
This was a fun book. I love the way Jane Smiley writes about animals, she is able to get inside how they might view things. This book is more fanciful. She's ascribing human kinds of thought to them while retaining the essence of each species. The interplay of their points of view was fun and full of humor and her descriptions of the personalities and squabbles, especially among the birds, was hilarious.
nancenwv | 20 outras críticas | Sep 22, 2023 |
A promising premise for sure. Gold Rush California and a widowed prostitute, Eliza, and her friend decide to find out who is murdering women after being inspired by the works of E.A. Poe.
Should be interesting, right? Nope. Boring.
The whole novel spins in this average routine: Eliza takes in a gentlemen at the brothel, describes the event, then goes and finds a dead body with her friend in the woods. Eliza talks about mud and footprints a lot, follows some people around, takes in another gentleman at the brothel, describes prick and maybe they are a suspect. Then she eats food and walks around some more. No tension, no air of mystery, or feeling they are in danger. I feel like this could have been a short story but Smiley and her publisher wanted it blow up to fulfill some sort of contractual obligation.
Bloated and tedious.
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noblechicken | 25 outras críticas | Aug 28, 2023 |


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