John Hawkes

John Hawkes (John Clendennin Burne Hawkes, Jr.), 1925–98, American writer, b. Stamford, Conn., grad. Harvard, 1949. He taught English at Brown Univ. after 1958. Hawkes is considered one of the most original American writers of the 20th cent. His highly experimental works—complex, ambiguous, and grimly humorous—blend everyday reality with menacing hallucinations. His works include the novels The Lime Twig (1951), Second Skin (1964), Blood Oranges (1971), Adventures in the Alaskan Skin Trade (1985), and An Irish Eye (1997) as well as The Goose on the Grave (1954), a collection of short fiction.

See studies by P. O'Donnell (1982) and D. J. Greiner (1985).

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Second Skin
John Hawkes.
New Directions Publishing, 1964
The Cannibal
John Hawkes.
New Directions Publishing, 1962
The Play of the Double in Postmodern American Fiction
Gordon E. Slethaug.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1993
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Eros and Thanatos: Hawkes' Blood Oranges"
The Language of Fiction in a World of Pain: Reading Politics as Paradox
Barbara J. Eckstein.
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1990
Librarian’s tip: Chap. V "Theory, Madness, and the State: Ibuse Masuji's Black Rain and John Hawkes' Travesty"
Stages of the Clown: Perspectives on Modern Fiction from Dostoyevsky to Beckett
Richard Pearce.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1970
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "Harlequin: The Character of the Clown in Saul Bellow's Henderson the Rain King and John Hawkes' Second Skin"
Contemporary American Novelists
Harry T. Moore.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1964
Librarian’s tip: "John Hawkes: the Smile Slashed by A Razor" begins on p. 193
John Hawkes
Flannagan, Roy.
The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Vol. 20, No. 2, Summer 2000
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