Conversations with Tim Gautreaux

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"I consider myself to be a Catholic writer in the tradition of Walker Percy. If a story does not deal with a moral question, I don't think it's much of a story."

Louisiana writer Tim Gautreaux (b. 1947) writes fiction that mixes equal parts dry humor, tall tales, and deep tragedy. His stories and novels of working-class Acadiana portray lives of inimitably poignant love, loss, and longing. The depth and complexity of Gautreaux's writing invite scholarly appraisals as critics mine the richness of his moral vision....

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Overview

"I consider myself to be a Catholic writer in the tradition of Walker Percy. If a story does not deal with a moral question, I don't think it's much of a story."

Louisiana writer Tim Gautreaux (b. 1947) writes fiction that mixes equal parts dry humor, tall tales, and deep tragedy. His stories and novels of working-class Acadiana portray lives of inimitably poignant love, loss, and longing. The depth and complexity of Gautreaux's writing invite scholarly appraisals as critics mine the richness of his moral vision. These interviews reveal the intensity of his sense of place, his deep connection to the mechanical and working world, his commitment to the craft of writing, and his Catholic view that has been shaped by the work of Flannery O'Connor and Walker Percy.

Conversations with Tim Gautreaux collects interviews from 1993 to 2009 with the author of The Missing, The Clearing, Welding with Children, and many other vital works of fiction. Readers who have been engaged with the themes in his stories and novels will find themselves equally taken with the kind and thoughtful voice they discover in interviews.

L. Lamar Nisly, Bluffton, Ohio, is associate dean of academic affairs and professor of English at Bluffton University. He is the author of Wingless Chickens, Bayou Catholics, and Pilgrim Wayfarers: Constructions of Audience and Tone in O'Connor, Gautreaux, and Percy and Impossible to Say: Representing Religious Mystery in Fiction by Malamud, Percy, Ozick, and O'Connor.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617036071
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 7/27/2012
  • Series: Literary Conversations Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 983,773
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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L. Lamar Nisly, Bluffton, OH, is associate dean of arts and letters, and professor of English, at Bluffton University. He is the author of Wingless Chickens, Bayou Catholics, and Pilgrim Wayfarers: Constructions of Audience and Tone in in O'Connor, Gautreaux, and Percy and Impossible to Say: Representing Religious Mystery in Fiction by Malamud, Percy, Ozick, and O'Connor.
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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Chronology xxi

He's Got the Write Stuff Sheila Stroup/1993 3

Pelican Briefs Susan Larson/1996 5

A Conversation with Tim Gautreaux Katie Bolick David Watta/1997 8

Best American Short Stories 1997 Elizabeth Arnold/1997 13

Novel Approach: Tim Gautreaux Takes "The Next Step" Christina Masciere/1998 17

The Writer Next Door Susan Larson/1998 22

An Interview with Tim Gautreaux Christopher Joyal/1998 25

Interview with Tim Gautreaux Jennifer Levasseur Kevin Rabalais/1998 35

A Postmodern Southern Moralist and Storyteller: Tim Gautreaux Julie Kane/2001 53

Tim Gautreaux Pam Kingsbury/2003 69

Tim Gautreaux: Author of The Clearing Talks with Robert Birnbaum Robert Birnbaum/2003 73

Tim Gautreaux: A Conversation with Darlene Meyering Darlene Meyering/2004 87

Tim Gautreaux Christopher Scanlan/2004 107

An Interview with Tim Gautreaux Maria Hebert-Leiter/2004 110

A Catholic Who Happens to Write: An Interview with Tim Gautreaux L. Lamar Nisly/2005 120

An Interview with Tim Gautreaux: "Cartographer of Louisiana Back Roads" Margaret D. Bauer/2008 128

A Conversation with Tim Gautreaux Dayne Sherman/2009 152

Tim Gautreaux's The Missing Tom Ashbrook/2009 164

Index 183

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