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Ellen Gilchrist

Forfatter af Victory over Japan: A Book of Stories

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Om forfatteren

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)


Værker af Ellen Gilchrist

In the Land of Dreamy Dreams (1981) 324 eksemplarer
Drunk with Love (1986) 264 eksemplarer
The Anna Papers (1988) 247 eksemplarer
Ellen Gilchrist: Collected Stories (2000) 243 eksemplarer
Light Can Be Both Wave and Particle (1989) 230 eksemplarer
Net of Jewels (1992) 223 eksemplarer
The Annunciation (1983) 220 eksemplarer
Starcarbon (1994) 191 eksemplarer
Sarah Conley (1997) 166 eksemplarer
Rhoda: A Life in Stories (1995) 164 eksemplarer
The Courts of Love: Stories (1996) 163 eksemplarer
The Age of Miracles (1995) 155 eksemplarer
The Cabal and Other Stories (2000) 146 eksemplarer
A Dangerous Age: A Novel (2008) 135 eksemplarer
Flights of Angels: Stories (1998) 130 eksemplarer
Nora Jane: A Life in Stories (2005) 125 eksemplarer
Acts of God (2014) 113 eksemplarer
The Writing Life (2005) 75 eksemplarer
Nora Jane and Company (1997) 15 eksemplarer
Memphis 1 eksemplar
Black Winter 1 eksemplar
A Dangerous Place 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

The Best American Short Stories 1995 (1995) — Bidragyder — 298 eksemplarer
Downhome: An Anthology of Southern Women Writers (1995) — Bidragyder — 115 eksemplarer
The Penguin Book of International Women's Stories (1996) — Bidragyder — 112 eksemplarer
Granta 19: More Dirt (1986) — Bidragyder — 76 eksemplarer
Revenge: Short Stories by Women Writers (1986) — Bidragyder — 49 eksemplarer
Southern Dogs and Their People (2000) — Bidragyder — 38 eksemplarer
New Orleans Noir 2: The Classics (2016) — Bidragyder — 37 eksemplarer
The Secret Self: A Century of Short Stories by Women (1995) — Bidragyder — 32 eksemplarer
New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, 1995 (1995) — Bidragyder — 32 eksemplarer
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction June 1995, Vol. 88, No. 6 (1995) — Author - Black Winter — 20 eksemplarer
The New Great American Writers' Cookbook (2003) — Bidragyder — 20 eksemplarer
Mississippi Writers: An Anthology (1991) — Bidragyder — 14 eksemplarer

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A very Southern set of stories.
mykl-s | 24 andre anmeldelser | 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 andre anmeldelser | 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 andre anmeldelser | 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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