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The Fall 1988 issue of Ploughshares, guest edited by George Garrett. Ploughshares, a journal of new writing, is guest edited serially by prominent writers who explore different and personal visions, aesthetics, and literary circles.

Renowned writer and former poet Laureate of Virginia, George Garrett, compiles this special issue called Fiction Discoveries, featuring young writers introduced by more established ones. In his introduction, ...
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Ploughshares Fall 1988 Guest-Edited by George Garrett

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Overview

The Fall 1988 issue of Ploughshares, guest edited by George Garrett. Ploughshares, a journal of new writing, is guest edited serially by prominent writers who explore different and personal visions, aesthetics, and literary circles.

Renowned writer and former poet Laureate of Virginia, George Garrett, compiles this special issue called Fiction Discoveries, featuring young writers introduced by more established ones. In his introduction, Garrett writes, "Once upon a time, the chief business of the good literary magazines was discovery, the seeking and finding of new and gifted writers. They were discovered, and then they moved on to other stages and places. Old world has changed a lot since then. For at least twenty years the good literary magazines have been the permanent addresses of most of our best writers, and the function of these magazines has come, more and more, to be a showcase for the best work by the best (very often, too, the best 'known') writers in the country."

The issue features writing from Richard Yates, who introduces Cynthia Schad; James Alan McPherson, who introduces Wayne Johnson; and Andre Dubus, who introduces Christopher Tilghman, along with many other notable writers and emerging voices.

With this special edition of Ploughshares, Garrett seeks new voices from the rapidly changing community of American authors. Garrett states, "Peoples and races who had, until recently, small, soft, separate voices, if any, have now found voices for their views of the American experience. This is an important change."

INTRODUCTION
George Garrett

FICTION
"The Apple" by Josip Novakovich (introduced by Peter LaSalle)
"Close to Autumn" by Cynthia Schad (introduced by Richard Yates)
"Red Deer" by Wayne Johnson (introduced by James Alan McPherson)
"Sometimes Pain Waits" by Yolanda Barnes (introduced by George Garrett)
"An Ordinary Night" by Susan Watson (introduced by Madison Smartt Bell)
"Displacement" by David Wong Louie (introduced by DeWitt Henry)
"The Fox" by Paul Ruffin (introduced by Clay Reynolds)
"Claire de la Lune" by Cathy Carr (introduced by Fred Chappell)
"Tanner and JunHee" by Marshall N. Klimasewiski (introduced by Hilary Masters)
"An Unswallowable Love" by Dana Gibson (introduced by R. H. W. Dillard)
"Back" by Susan Straight (introduced by Jay Neugeboren)
"Drivin'" by Deborah Joy Corey (introduced by Pamela Painter)
"Mary in the Mountains" by Christopher Tilghman (introduced by Andre Dubus)
"Drawn from Life" by Amanda Pierson (introduced by Alyson Hagy)
"River Day" by Noy Holland (introduced by Tom Jenks)
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016585833
  • Publisher: Ploughshares / Emerson College
  • Publication date: 8/15/1988
  • Series: Ploughshares , #1423
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 198
  • File size: 1,015 KB

Meet the Author

A writer proficient in a variety of genres, mentor and teacher George Garrett was born in Orlando, Florida. He graduated from Princeton University in 1952 and served in the army as a field artillery sergeant in Trieste, Italy. After his service he earned an MA and a PhD, also from Princeton. The author of more than 40 books, he wrote nonfiction, novels, short stories, poetry, plays, and screenplays. His collections of poetry include The Reverend Ghost (1957), Abraham’s Knife and Other Poems (1961), For a Bitter Season: New and Selected Poems (1967), Collected Poems of George Garrett (1984), and Days of Our Lives Lie in Fragments: New and Old Poems, 1957–1997 (1998).

Days of Our Lives Lie in Fragments: New and Old Poems, 1957–1997 contains work from his previous six collections. Neal Bowers, reviewing the collection for the Sewanee Review, commented on Garrett’s characteristic formal control and lack of pretension; he observed that Garrett’s poetry “covered an astonishing array of subjects: war, love, politics, celebrities, poetry anthologies, biblical and mythological characters, teaching, and religion” and added that “one of his distinguishing characteristics is the unpredictability of his topics, though a reader quickly grows to expect and depend upon the recurrence of an irreverent, sometimes bawdy wit.”

One of Garrett’s best-known works is his trilogy of historical novels: Death of the Fox: A Novel of Elizabeth and Ralegh (1971), The Succession: A Novel of Elizabeth and James (1983), and Entered from the Sun: The Murder of Marlowe (1990). A selection of other titles shows his versatility as a writer: Evening Performance: New and Selected Stories (1985), Sorrows of Fat City: A Selection of Literary Essays and Reviews (1992), My Silk Purse and Yours: The Publishing Scene and American Literary Art (1992), Southern Excursions: Views on Southern Letters in My Time (2003), and Double Vision: A Novel (2007). He also wrote the screenplay Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster.
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