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Title: William Maxwell: A selected critical biography
Author(s): Burkhardt, Barbara
Doctoral Committee Chair(s): Watts, Emily
Department / Program: BiographyLiterature, American
Discipline: BiographyLiterature, American
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: Ph.D.
Genre: Dissertation
Subject(s): Biography Literature, American
Abstract: This authorized critical biography provides the first book-length scholarship on William Maxwell's sixty-year career as a fiction writer, and reveals his literary life through research including his personal correspondence and interviews conducted specifically for this project. The study--which focuses on the novels They Came Like Swallows (1937), The Folded Leaf (1945), The Chateau (1961), and So Long, See You Tomorrow (1980)--examines how Maxwell's career reflects the course of American writing as it has evolved in this century. The author's body of writing represents a natural progression from the traditional novel to the postmodern, from lyricism to minimalism, and suggests significant development in his depiction of the self in autobiographical fiction. At the end of Maxwell's career, the parallel explorations of narrative craft and self-representation merge in So Long, See You Tomorrow, an autobiographical metafiction.
Issue Date: 1994
Type: Text
Language: English
Rights Information: Copyright 1994 Burkhardt, Barbara
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog: AAI9503150
OCLC Identifier: (UMI)AAI9503150

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