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The Fall 1989 issue of Ploughshares, guest edited by James Carroll. Ploughshares, a journal of new writing, is guest edited serially by prominent writers who explore different and personal visions, aesthetics, and literary circles.

Acclaimed novelist and nonfiction writer James Carroll compiles this volume of stories and essays subtitled "The Virtue of Writing." This edition of Ploughshares is devoted to the morality and ethics of fiction. As ...
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Ploughshares Fall 1989 Guest-Edited by James Carroll

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Overview

The Fall 1989 issue of Ploughshares, guest edited by James Carroll. Ploughshares, a journal of new writing, is guest edited serially by prominent writers who explore different and personal visions, aesthetics, and literary circles.

Acclaimed novelist and nonfiction writer James Carroll compiles this volume of stories and essays subtitled "The Virtue of Writing." This edition of Ploughshares is devoted to the morality and ethics of fiction. As Carroll says in his introduction, "The ploughshare is the sharpened blade of the plow, the thing that cuts the furrow. But it is also, in our culture, a moral symbol. The founders of this magazine made a moral and political statement when they chose its name, and it is that aspect of the meaning of Ploughshares that this issue emphasizes. It is dedicated to the idea that writing, and in particular, the writing of fiction, is a morally serious enterprise; and more than that, that fiction inevitably involves us in a mode of thinking which is, at its core, thinking about morality." With fiction from Tony Ardizzone, Jennifer Egan, Alice Hoffman, Ward Just, George Packer, Pamela Painter, and Annie Dillard.

INTRODUCTION
James Carroll

ESSAYS
"Volcano" by Annie Dillard
"On 'The Company We Keep'" by Robie Macauley

FICTION
"In the Garden of the Djinn" by Tony Ardizzone
"The History of Rodney" by Rick Bass
"The Pseudonym" by Paul Buttenwieser
"Spanish Winter" by Jennifer Egan
"The Wrecker" by Jeffrey Goodell
"A Wave of the Hand" by Judith Grossman
"Sleep Tight" by Alice Hoffman
"She's Not Dead, Belle" by Ward Just
"Dog Stories" by Barbara Nodine
"Snails" by George Packer
"Confusing the Dog" by Pamela Painter
"In a Father's Place" by Christopher Tilghman
"The Body Politic" by Theodore Weesner
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016585949
  • Publisher: Ploughshares
  • Publication date: 8/15/1989
  • Series: Ploughshares , #1523
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,257,606
  • File size: 850 KB

Meet the Author

James Carroll is Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at Suffolk University, and a columnist for the Boston Globe. He is author of ten novels and seven works of non-fiction, including Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World. (2011).

Carroll was born in Chicago in 1943, and raised in Washington where his father, an Air Force general, served as the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Carroll attended Georgetown University before entering the seminary to train for the Catholic priesthood. He received BA and MA degrees from St. Paul’s College, the Paulist Fathers’ seminary in Washington, and was ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 1969. Carroll served as Catholic Chaplain at Boston University from 1969 to 1974, then left the priesthood to become a writer.

In 1974 Carroll was Playwright-in-Residence at the Berkshire Theater Festival in Stockbridge, MA. In 1976 he published his first novel, Madonna Red, which was translated into seven languages. Subsequent novels include the New York Times bestsellers Mortal Friends (1978), Family Trade (1982), and Prince of Peace (1984). His novels The City Below (1994) and Secret Father (2003) were named Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times. Carroll’s essays and articles have appeared in The New Yorker, Daedalus, The Daily Beast and other publications. His op-ed page column has run weekly in the Boston Globe since 1992, and it also appears in the International Herald Tribune.

Carroll’s memoir, An American Requiem: God, My Father, and the War that Came Between Us, received the 1996 National Book Award in nonfiction and other awards. His book Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews: A History, published in 2001, was a New York Times bestseller and was honored as one of the Best Books of 2001 by the Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and others.

In 2002, Carroll published Toward A New Catholic Church: The Promise of Reform, and, in 2004, Crusade: Chronicles of an Unjust War. In 2006, he published House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power, which the Chicago Tribune called “the first great non-fiction book of the new millennium.” Among its honors is the first PEN-John Kenneth Galbraith award. In 2009, he published Practicing Catholic, advancing Church reform.
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