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Girl in a Library: On Women Writers and the Writing Life
     

Girl in a Library: On Women Writers and the Writing Life

by Kelly Cherry
 

Literary Nonfiction. Literary Criticism. Women's Studies. "Poet, memoirist, fiction writer, and critic Cherry has assembled a lissome and winning retrospective collection of essays on writing, reading, and life," writes Donna Seaman in her starred Booklist review. "Piquant essays on family history and her coming-of-age are deepened by reflections on beauty, art,

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Literary Nonfiction. Literary Criticism. Women's Studies. "Poet, memoirist, fiction writer, and critic Cherry has assembled a lissome and winning retrospective collection of essays on writing, reading, and life," writes Donna Seaman in her starred Booklist review. "Piquant essays on family history and her coming-of-age are deepened by reflections on beauty, art, and vocation. In fresh and inquiring portraits of exceptional southern women writers--Eudora Welty, Elizabeth Hardwick, Mary Ward Brown, Bobbie Ann Mason--Cherry explores the nature of a literary life." Library Journal writes, "Cherry explores the craft of writing, tracing her own development from rebellious college student to award-winning author of 19 books... Cherry's story will prove inspirational to aspiring writers as will her critical essays."

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Library Journal
In this essay collection, Cherry explores the craft of writing, tracing her own development from rebellious college student to award-winning author of 19 books of poetry, fiction, short fiction, and criticism. She discusses her early life in Ithaca, NY, as the child of struggling musicians busy trying to survive and with little time for parenting. She was kicked out of college twice, but over the years she wrote—and then, receiving little encouragement, quit. Finally, she entered the writing program at the University of North Carolina and achieved success. Cherry's story will prove inspirational to aspiring writers as will her critical essays of works by such writers as Mary Ward Brown, Elizabeth Hardwick, Ann Tyler, and Bobbie Ann Mason. VERDICT Cherry's penetrating views on what it takes to be a writer and what makes for successful writing are thoughtfully explained and illustrated. Her book will appeal to creative writing students and others interested in the field.—Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781886157668
Publisher:
BkMk Press of the University of Missouri-Kansas City
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Pages:
235
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author


Kelly Cherry is the author of nineteen books of poetry, novels, short stories, criticism, and memoir--including this year's Girl in a Library: On Women Writers and the Writing Life and The Retreats of Thought: Poems--eight chapbooks, and two translations of classical plays. Her short fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, The Pushcart Prize, and New Stories from the South, and her collection The Society of Friends: Stories received the Dictionary of Literary Biography Award in 2000 for the best short story collection of 1999. For her body of work in poetry she has received the Hanes Prize from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. She is Eudora Welty Professor Emerita of English and Evjue-Bascom Professor Emerita in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and has held named chairs and distinguished visiting writer positions at a number of universities. She and her husband, Burke Davis III, live on a small farm in Virginia with their two dogs.

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