Search Results: "Stephen Dixon"


BOOK REVIEW

THE STORIES OF STEPHEN DIXON by Stephen Dixon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1994

"Faulkner Award), are also included."
This magnanimous volume marks Dixon's first publication with a mainstream house since Harper & Row brought out Quite Contrary in 1979. Read full book review >

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MASON & DIXON by Thomas Pynchon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 1997

"Reading Pynchon may be likened to what one of his characters says here about deciphering the 'equation' presented by the stars in their courses: 'A lonely, uncompensated, perhaps even impossible Task,—yet some of us must be ever seeking it, I suppose.'"
Ever since Gravity's Rainbow (1973), which shared a National Book Award and was given, then denied a Pulitzer Prize (on account of its "obscenity"), it's been obvious, even to much of the so-called literary establishment, that Thomas Pynchon is one of our contemporary classics: a true polymath, formidably learned and technically unparalleled, who understands as few of his readers can the essential symbiosis between C.P. Snow's "two cultures" of science and technology. Read full book review >

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STEPHEN SPENDER by John Sutherland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Pays fitting tribute to a man who was as admirable as he was gifted."
An excellent account of the British poet's life, particularly strong on his personality, literary friendships, and political activism. Read full book review >

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STEPHEN FAIR by Tim Wynne-Jones
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 1998

"An intense study in friendship and troubled family relations, in which the steadiest characters are the teenagers. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Recurrent nightmares and a strong feeling that his mother is hiding something haunt a teenager in this ethereal novel from Wynne-Jones (The Maestro, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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STEPHEN CRANE by Mark Sufrin
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 30, 1992

"Bibliography; b&w photos and index not seen. (Biography. 12+)"
An intelligent, beautifully written portrait of ``the first great pyro-technician of the novel, [who] probably wrote more trash than any other serious novelist of his time'' (Alfred Kazin): a strait-laced Methodist minister's rebellious son, who died in 1900, at 28, after a remarkably eventful life. Read full book review >

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30 by Stephen Dixon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"Best read in conjunction with Gould, though also quite accessible on its own—and probably Dixon's best so far."
Novelist and storywriter Dixon (Sleep, p. 102, etc.) offers a big, generous, free-form fictional autobiography of his alter ego—husband, father, and writer-teacher Gould Bookbinder (who first appeared in 1997's Gould). Read full book review >

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GOULD by Stephen Dixon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Extremely readable and clever work, but the pages don't add up to much except sex and more sex, described in clinical detail and with clinical dispassion, featuring a cast of characters who seem incapable of thinking about anything other than their bodies and their appetites."
Stream-of-consciousness fiction, about one Gould Bookbinder, a would-be writer, and his many girlfriends, from the prolific author of Interstate (1995), Frog (1991), etc. The story divides into two novellas, ``Abortions'' and ``Evangeline,'' but they are of a piece, chronicling the relationships Gould experiences from the 1950s onward. Read full book review >

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INTERSTATE by Stephen Dixon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1995

"Dixon's 17th book (The Stories of Stephen Dixon, 1994, etc.) is a powerful meditation on contemporary violence and the ways we daydream about it. (Author tour)"
A mildly experimental narrative of a driver whose daughter is shot and killed on the interstate in an act of random violence. Read full book review >

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LATE STORIES by Stephen Dixon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Dixon is a master of the minor moments, the dreams and the disappointments, that transfigure every one of us."
Dixon's new collection explores the heart of an aging man's life. Read full book review >

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MEYER by Stephen Dixon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"An anemic mishmash—for loyal fans only."
The prolific postmodernist (Phone Rings, 2005, etc.) profiles a writer trawling for material among family memories and fantasies. Read full book review >

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SLEEP by Stephen Dixon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1999

"Nevertheless, newcomers to his work will find it a good introduction to one of the more original voices on the contemporary scene."
A gathering of 22 stories representing more than two decades of the career of National Book Award finalist Dixon (Gould, 1997, etc.), whose distinctively flat style (—Anyway, there's my most vivid memory. Read full book review >

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STEPHEN HAWKING by Kitty Ferguson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"A fascinating portrait of a complex figure who ponders the place of man and God in the universe and who still loves the 'Eureka moment of discovering something that no one knew before.'"
Ferguson (Pythagoras, 2010, etc.) brilliantly updates her 1991 children's biography of Stephen Hawking for an adult audience. Read full book review >