Conversations with William Maxwell

Conversations with William Maxwell

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Overview

Conversations with William Maxwell collects over thirty interviews, public speeches,
and remarks made by the esteemed novelist and New Yorker fiction editor. Spanning five decades, the interviews collectively address the entirety of Maxwell's literary work,
with in-depth discussion of such work as They Came Like Swallows, The Folded Leaf,
and the American Book Award-winning So Long, See You Tomorrow. The interviews also illuminate, at length, Maxwell's forty-year tenure as a fiction editor working with such writers as John Updike, John Cheever, Eudora Welty, Vladimir Nabokov, and
J. D. Salinger.
Maxwell's words, some previously unpublished, pay moving tribute to literary friends and mentors and offer reflections on the artistic life, the process of writing, and his midwestern heritage. All retain the reserved poignancy of his fiction. The volume publishes for the first time the full transcript of Maxwell's extensive interviews with his biographer Barbara Burkhardt, who is the editor of this volume. The book's introduction includes Maxwell's discussion of correspondence with Updike, Saul
Bellow, and other luminaries.
Barbara Burkhardt is associate professor of English at University of Illinois,
Springfield. She is the author of William Maxwell: A Literary Life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617032547
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication date: 04/10/2012
Series: Literary Conversations Series
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Barbara Burkhardt is associate professor of English at University of Illinois Springfield. She is the author of William Maxwell: A Literary Life.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Chronology xxvii

Handwritten Notes for "The Writer as Illusionist" William Maxwell 1955 3

An Image of an Image: Maxwell Topic: Autobiographical Novelist Bob Adams 1963 7

Remarks Delivered at American Academy of Arts and Letters William Maxwell 1969 9

Tribute to Vladimir Nabokov, Recipient of the Award of Merit, American Academy of Arts and Letters William Maxwell 1969 10

Introduction of Eudora Welty for Her Reading of "The Demonstrators" at the American Academy of Arts and Letters William Maxwell 1969 12

Remarks Delivered at American Academy of Arts and Letters William Maxwell 1970 13

Remarks Delivered at the American Academy of Arts and Letters William Maxwell 1971 15

Tribute to Zona Gale at the American Academy of Arts and Letters William Maxwell 1972 17

Remarks on Receiving Honorary Doctorate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign William Maxwell 1973 21

CA Interviews the Author Jean W. Ross 1979 22

PW Interviews William Maxwell Robert Dahlin 1979 26

Remarks on Receiving the William Dean Howells Medal, American Academy of Arts and Letters William Maxwell 1980 30

Novelist Preserves Youth Gordon McKerral 1981 32

William Maxwell: The Art of Fiction George Plimpton John Seabrook 1981 35

GLR Interview: William Maxwell Gerald C. Nemanic 1982 59

Tribute to Robert Fitzgerald at American Academy of Arts and Letters William Maxwell 1985 76

The Quiet Man Geoffrey Stokes 1985 81

Interviews with William Maxwell Barbara Burkhardt 1991 89

Imagining the Middle West: An Interview with William Maxwell Bill Aull Sandra Batzli Barbara Burkhardt James McGowan Bruce Morgan 1991 136

Past Perfect John Blades 1992 151

Radio Interview with William Maxwell on KMOX Radio, St. Louis, Missouri KMOS 1992 157

An Interview with William Maxwell David Stanton 1994 161

A Modest, Scrupulous, Happy Man Harvey Ginsberg 1994 172

Tribute to Francis Steegmuller at the American Academy of Arts and Letters William Maxwell 1995 178

A Conversation with Author William Maxwell Linda Wertheimer 1995 181

Remarks on Receiving the Gold Medal for Fiction, American Academy of Arts and Letters William Maxwell 1995 185

An Interview with William Maxwell Kay Bonetti 1995 186

Edward Hirsch and William Maxwell Edward Hirsch 1996 210

Maxwell's Silver Typewriter Economist 1999 224

Index 229

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