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									Charles BaxterCharles 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."

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Fact File

Charles Baxter
Current Home:
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Date of Birth:
May 13, 1947
Place of Birth:
Minneapolis, Minnesota
B. A., Macalester College, 1969; Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1974
Award in Literature, American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1997; Prix St. Valentine for The Feast of Love (French translation), 2000

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Baxter's Latest

Selected Works

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								Saul and Patsy, Author: 
								Charles Baxter.

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Saul and Patsy
by Charles Baxter
The follow-up to Baxter's National Book Award-nominated The Feast of Love is the offbeat, poignant tale of Saul and Patsy -- a couple whose complex relationship is tested by a series of bizarre events after an obsessed teen invades their lives.

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								First Light, Author: 
								Charles Baxter.
*  Harmony of the World: Stories (1984)
*  Through the Safety Net: Stories (1986)
*  First Light (1987)
*  Relative Stranger: Stories (1990)
*  Shadow Play (1993)
*  Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction (1997)
*  Saul and Patsy (2003)

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Screen Dreams?

When asked in an interview with The Atlantic Monthly if he had any ambitions to write for the silver screen, Baxter reflected, "Screenwriting interested me when I was in my twenties, which was a great time for the movies. I was in college when Bonnie and Clyde came out and Francis Ford Coppola was just getting started. It doesn't interest me so much anymore, and besides, I don't know enough to write a screenplay, and I'm not sure I want to learn. Of course by saying that, I condemn myself to living hand-to-mouth for the rest of my life."

Baxter's Breakout Book

From Our Interview

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								The Feast of Love, Author: 
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The Feast of Love
by Charles Baxter
A fiction finalist for the 2002 National Book Award, Baxter's true breakout novel consists of different love stories that combine to form a compelling whole. Fellow novelist Andrea Barrett raved: "Rich, strange, alive with the miracles of daily life, this novel is a banquet for the soul."

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								The Return of the Native, Author: 
								Thomas Hardy.

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The Return of the Native
by Thomas Hardy
In our interview with Baxter, he talked with us about his favorite books, including the Hardy classic that had a great effect on him in high school: "I don’t think I had ever imagined that the word 'sorrow' could be deployed in so many densely lyrical ways," he recalls. Read our interview to discover more about Baxter's favorites, including:

*Madame Bovary  by Gustave Flaubert
*Dubliners  by James Joyce
*Master and Margarita  by Mikhail Bulgakov
*So Long, See You Tomorrow  by William F. Maxwell
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