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1990 Paperback Good Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include companion materials, some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, and may not ... include cd-rom or access codes. Customer service is our top priority! Read more Show Less

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First edition [no statement of printing]. 101 pages. Good only copy [spine and cover creasing, spot staining to the front cover, deliberate upper corner folds to some pages, stars ... have been marked at the end of the titles of the some of the poems, red letter "D" drawn to an upper corner of the rear cover]. Read more Show Less

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Latham 1989 Paperback First edition, first printing Paperback. First edition, first printing. A fine book in illustrated wrappers. A paperback original. Baxter's third ... collection of of poetry. Signed by the author on the title page. This book is from the collection of the late, noted Oklahoma book collector Larry Owens. Read more Show Less

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Latham, New York, U.S.A. 1990 Trade Paper Very Good. No Dust Jacket 0945167245 POM 012994. LIVEZEY Inscribed by author on half-title to fellow writer Don Belton, signed by ... author on title page. Paper back very solid and clean, with light scuffing at top of the spine panel. Read more Show Less

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Latham, NY 1989 Softcover First Edition; First Printing Very Good 0945167245. Signed by Baxter on the title page. Some offsetting to the front cover. A poetry collection by the ... author of The Feast of Love. Issued only in paperback. From the modern first edition collection of Michael Salkind.; Signed by Author. Read more Show Less

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Latham 1989 Trade Paperback First Edition Near Fine in Not Issued jacket 8vo-over 7?"-9?" tall. Signed & Dated by Author First edition, first prnt. Perfect-bound pictoral wraps. ... No hardcover edition. Signed and dated "July 19, 2000 Ann Arbor" by Baxter on the title page. Light corner bump with tiny corner wrinkles. Unread copy in Near Fine condition. Image of actual book; not a stock photo. Read more Show Less

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The poems in this debut collection evoke the artistry of Edward Hopper as fiction writer Baxter ( Through the Safety Net) plays with images of light, hopelessness and the loss of American innocence and creativity. The poet fashions a vista of shopping malls, factories and highways in order to rail--often heavy-handedly--against complacency and naivete: ``Say that it's hollow and they'll just laugh / . . . which is why if you tilt American heads backwards / American eyes, like dolls' eyes, snap shut suddenly.'' The way out of this ``sleep,'' Baxter convincingly argues, is via the imagination--the ``current'' that will ``pass through deadened arms, / until all the stories will be original again.'' In poems that celebrate art, music and literature, ``life is proved / to be, not a still life, but otherwise.'' Despite some awkward imagery (``his favorite word flung in your face / like a blood clot''), and a sometimes blatant didacticism meant to implicate the reader, this volume is redeemed by its inventiveness and originality of form, content and spirit. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780945167242
  • Publisher: British American Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/15/1989
  • Pages: 101

Meet the Author

Charles Baxter
Of Charles Baxter's fiction, Ron Hanson wrote in The New York Times Book Review, "Baxter's stories are intelligent, original, gracefully written, always moving, frequently funny and -- the rarest of compliments -- wise."

Biography

Although his body of work includes poetry and essays, award-winning writer Charles Baxter is best known for his fiction -- brilliantly crafted, non-linear stories that twist and turn in unexpected directions before reaching surprising yet nearly always satisfying conclusions. He specializes in portraits of solid Midwesterners, regular Joes and Janes whose ordinary lives are disrupted by accidents, chance encounters, and the arrival of strangers; and his books have garnered a fierce and loyal following among readers and critics alike.

Born in Minneapolis in 1947, Baxter was barely a toddler when his father died. His mother remarried a wealthy attorney who moved the family onto a sprawling estate in suburban Excelsior. From prep school, Baxter was expected to attend Williams, but instead he chose Macalester, a small, liberal arts college in St. Paul. Intending to pursue a career in teaching and writing, he enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the State University of New York at Buffalo, attracted by a faculty that included such literary luminaries of the day as John Barth and Donald Barthelme.

After grad school, Baxter moved to Michigan to teach at Wayne State University in Detroit. He spent more than a decade concentrating on writing poetry, but after a particularly discouraging dry spell, he decided to try his hand at fiction. He labored long and hard over three novels, none of which was accepted for publication. Then, just as he was about to give up altogether, he attempted one last trick. He whittled the three novels down to short stories, replacing epic themes, extraordinary characters, and ambitious story arcs with the small, quiet stuff of ordinary life. It was a good decision, In 1984, his first collection of short fiction, Harmony of the World, was published. Another anthology followed, then a debut novel. Published in 1987, First Light charmed readers with its unusual structure (the story unfolds backwards in time) and a cast of richly, draw, fully human characters.

Baxter continued to publish throughout the 1990s, alternating between short and full-length fiction, and with each book he garnered larger, more appreciative audiences and better reviews. His breakthrough occurred in 2000 with Feast of Love, a novel composed of many small stories that form a single, cohesive narrative. Described by The New York Times as "...rich, juicy, laugh-out-loud funny and completely engrossing," Feast of Love was nominated for a National Book Award.

"Every time I've finished a book, it feels to me as if the washrag has been rung out," Baxter confessed in a 2003 interview. Yet he keeps on crafting absorbing stories infused with quiet (sometimes absurdist) wit and a compassionate understanding of the human condition. A longtime director of the creative writing program at the University of Michigan, he is known as a generous mentor, and several of his students have gone on to forge successful literary careers of their own.

Good To Know

In our exclusive interview, Baxter shared some fascinating insights with us:

"My novels are sometimes criticized for being episodic, or structurally weird. And they are! I like them that way. It's fairly late in the day -- 2003 as I write -- in the history of the novel, and I think it's fair for writers to mess around with that form, and to stop thinking that they have to write books that move smoothly from the first act to the second act, and then to the climax and the denouement. I like digressions, asides, intrusions, advice, anything that gets in the way of a smooth narcotic flow. New novels should not look like old novels, except when they want to."

"My father died when I was eighteen months old, and I expect the unexpected to happen in life and in art, and my fiction is full, or loaded down, with unexpected fatalities of one kind or another. For me, that's realism."

"I had an unhappy childhood that I thought was happy, and I dove into books as inspiration and relief and comfort and security and information about what people did and how they thought. I can still get happy and sentimental just over the thought of libraries -- the image of a woman sitting quietly and reading is a terrifically sexy image for me."

"Like many writers, I'm private and quiet and observant and bookish. For a physical outlet, I lift weights at the gym two or three times a week, and I don't quit unless and until I've worked up a fairly good sweat. Many writers need an outlet like that to counter the sedentary nature of what they do. I don't have any wild delusions about the greatness of my work: I am happy to work humbly in this field where so many writers have created so many immortal manifestations of the mind and spirit. As Henry James said, you work in the dark; you do what you can; the rest is the madness of art."

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    1. Hometown:
      Minneapolis, Minnesota
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 13, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Minneapolis, Minnesota
    1. Education:
      B. A., Macalester College, 1969; Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1974
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