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American writers : a collection of literary biographies. Supplement IX, Nelson Algren to David Wagoner
Parini, Jay.
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New York : Scribner's, [2002]

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xvi, 584 pages ; 29 cm
Nelson Algren / James A. Lewin -- Rachel Carson / Cornelius Browne -- Amy Clampitt / Willard Speigelman -- Zelda Fitzgerald / Sylvia Shurbutt -- Robert Francis / Robert B. Shaw -- William Humphrey / Bert Almon -- Shirley Jackson / Carolyn Alessio -- Tony Kushner / Josef Raab and Melissa Knox -- William Matthews / Alexander Long -- John Muir / Cornelius Browne -- Dorothy Parker / Melissa Knox -- Richard Powers / Joseph Dewey -- Henry Roth / Steven G. Kellman -- James Salter / Charles R. Baker -- Louis Simpson / Steven P. Schneider -- Gerald Stern / Jonathan N. Barron -- Jean Toomer / Tracie Church Guzzio -- David Wagoner / Richard Wakefield.
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Appearing in 1974, the four-volume American Writers: A collection of Literary Biographies has since had eight supplements. This latest supplement contains a collection of 18 previously published essays on well-known writers such as Rachel Carson and Shirley Jackson, as well as newer writers such as Tony Kushner. Also included are treatments of Nelson Algren, Amy Clampitt, Zelda Fitzgerald, Robert Francis, William Humphrey, William Matthews, John Muir, Dorothy Parker, Richard Powers, Henry Roth, James Salter, Louis Simpson, Gerald Stern, Jean Toomer, and David Wagoner. The essays consists mainly of literary criticism, although some biographical information is included in each. A cumulative index to the entire series is also presented. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Author Notes

Jay Parini was born in Pittston, Pennsylvania in 1948. In 1970 he graduated from Lafayette College and he received a doctorate from the University of St. Andrews in 1975. Before becoming a professor of Engliah and Creative Writing at Vermont's Middlebury College in 1982, Parini taught at Dartmouth College.

Parini writes poetry, novels, biographies, and criticism, and he has published numerous reviews and essays in major journals and newspapers. He co-founded the New England Review in 1976. In 1995, he was appointed literary executor for author Gore Vidal. A film version of The Last Station, his 1990 novel, was released in 2009.

Parini's novel, One Matchless Time: A Life of William Faulkner, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2015.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Eighteen more writers are added to the literary canon as defined by this important series, including Nelson Algren, Tony Kushner, and Dorothy Parker. RBB.

Table of Contents

James A. LewinCornelius BrowneWillard SpiegelmanSylvia ShurbuttRobert B. ShawBert AlmonCarolyn AlessioJosef Raab and Melissa KnoxAlexander LongCornelius BrowneMelissa KnoxJoseph DeweySteven G. KellmanCharles R. BakerSteven P. SchneiderJonathan N. BarronTracie Church GuzzioRichard Wakefield
Introductionp. xiii
List of Contributorsp. xv
Nelson Algrenp. 1
Rachel Carsonp. 19
Amy Clampittp. 37
Zelda Fitzgeraldp. 55
Robert Francisp. 75
William Humphreyp. 93
Shirley Jacksonp. 113
Tony Kushnerp. 131
William Matthewsp. 151
John Muirp. 171
Dorothy Parkerp. 189
Richard Powersp. 207
Henry Rothp. 227
James Salterp. 245
Louis Simpsonp. 265
Gerald Sternp. 285
Jean Toomerp. 305
David Wagonerp. 323
Cumulative Indexp. 341