Elinor Macartney Lane (1864 - March 15, 1909) was an American novelist who was popular in the first decade of the 1900s. After publishing a number of short stories, she wrote three novels: Mills of God (1901),  Nancy Stair (1904),  and Katrine (1909)Born in Maryland, she later moved to Washington, where she attended high school and normal school, from which she graduated in 1882. She then taught in the public schools, specializing in mathematics. She married educator Francis Ransom Lane in 1891. She started writing at age 16, when she also started an occasionally published magazine called The Trifler. Her first novel Mills of God was published in 1901 Although it did not reach The Bookman 's Top 10 bestselling books list for the whole year of 1904, Nancy Stair was a best-selling book and received well by critics. It was adapted for the stage in 1905 by Paul M. Potter, who was best known for his hit play Trilby, an adaptation of the very popular 1894 novel. It played on Broadway at the Criterion Theatre for a month in 1905, though it was not a success. Lane's last novel, Katrine, was released almost coincident with her death in March 1909. It was the second-best selling novel in the United States for 190 After returning home from a trip to Europe, Lane died in Lynchburg, Virginia on March 15, 1909, while travelling to Asheville, North Carolina to recuperate from illness. Her home was at that time in Port Deposit, Maryland, where her husband was director of the Tome School.According to a report in the Book News Monthly after her death, she had been ill for some years and her death was not wholly unexpected. She reportedly had to write in an "absolutely dark room, with her head tightly bandaged, her writing managed only by a careful guiding of her pencil over the pape
This is the story of two men who first become friends in 1970s New York, of the women in their lives, and of their sons, born the same year.
Both Leo Hertzberg, an art historian, and Bill Weschler, a painter, are cultured, decent men, but neither is equipped to deal with what happens to their children - Leo's son drowns when he's 12, while Bill's son Mark grows up to be a delinquent, and the acolyte of a sinister, guru-like artist who spawns murder in his wake.
Spanning the hedonism of the eighties and the chill-out nineties, this multi-layered novel combines a plot of mounting menace with a deeply moving account of familial relationships and a superbly observed portrait of an artist, set against the backdrop of a society reaching new depths of depravity in its frenetic quest for the next fashion, drug and thrill.
Author Biography: Siri Hustvedt's first novel, The Blindfold, was published by Sceptre in 1993 and has since been translated into sixteen foreign languages. In 2001 the film Of women and Magic, based on Part Three of the novel, was released.
Her work has been published in The Paris Review, Fiction, and The Best American Short Stories, and she is also the author of a book of poetry, Reading to You, a collection of essays, Yonder, and a second novel, The Enchantment of Lily Dahl. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
'Now I am a mother and a married woman, but not long ago I led a life of crime': so Bianca begins her tale of growing up the hard way in Rome in A Little Lumpen Novelita.
Orphaned overnight as a teenager - 'our parents died in a car crash on their first vacation without us' - she drops out of school, gets a crappy job, sees a terrible brightness at night, and drifts into bad company. Her little brother brings home two petty criminals who need a place to stay. As the four of them share the family apartment and plot a strange crime, Bianca learns she can drift lower . . .
Electric and tense with foreboding, with its jagged, propulsive short chapters beautifully translated by Natasha Wimmer, A Little Lumpen Novelita - one of the last novels Roberto BolaÃ±o published - delivers a surprising, fractured fairy tale of taking control of one's fate.
Short Story Theories: A Twenty-First-Century Perspective problematizes different aspects of the renewal and development of the short story. The aim of this collection is to explore the most recent theoretical issues raised by the short story as a genre and to offer theoretical and practical perspectives on the form. Centering as it does on specific authors and on the wider implications of short story poetics, this collection presents a new series of essays that both reinterpret canonical writers of the genre and advance new critical insights on the most recent trends and contemporary authors. Theorizations about genre reflect on different aspects of the short story from a multiplicity of perspectives and take the form of historical and aesthetic considerations, gender-centered accounts, and examinations that attend to reader-response theory, cognitive patterns, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, postcolonial studies, postmodern techniques, and contemporary uses of minimalist forms. Looking ahead, this collection traces the evolution of the short story from Chaucer through the Romantic writings of Poe to the postmodern developments and into the twenty-first century.This volume will prove of interest to scholars and graduate students working in the fields of the short story and of literature in general. In addition, the readability and analytical transparence of these essays make them accessible to a more general readership interested in fiction.
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