The Fictional World of William Hoffman


Over the past forty-five years, William Hoffman has written eleven novels, including the critically acclaimed Tidewater Blood, winner of the Dashiell Hammett award, and four short-fiction collections, the most recent being Doors -- all of which have enjoyed a loyal and appreciative readership. His work has received numerous honors, including the Andrew Nelson Lytle Prize for the best short story published in the Sewanee Review; the Jeanne C. Goodheart Prize for fiction, awarded by Shenandoah; and the Hillsdale Prize for fiction, awarded by the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Yet a critical evaluation of his acclaimed fiction has not previously appeared.

The Fictional World of William Hoffman provides readers with the first vital and informative assessment of Hoffman's work. Including penetrating commentary and analysis from fellow writers -- Fred Chappell, George Garrett, Dabney Stuart -- as well as from established and emerging critics -- Martha Cook, Jeanne Nostrandt, Gordon Van Ness -- this collection of essays aims to deepen the appreciation of those already familiar with Hoffman and to introduce new readers to one of the South's most influential voices.

The opening essay provides an overview of Hoffman's work to date, with sufficient excerpts to suggest his range, scope, imagery, and principal themes, including honor, courage, love, self-sacrifice, and exploitation. The essays that follow focus in detail on his most admired work, especially the war novels, the short stories, and the philosophical novels of recent years. All eleven novels are covered briefly throughout the collection, six are treated extensively, and three essays focus on his short fiction.

There is no doubtthat William Hoffman is a major contemporary writer. His considerable talent and influence have been felt by generations of readers. The Fictional World of William Hoffman will secure this influence for years to come. "As wit

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • George Core
  • Fred Chappell
  • Gordon Van Ness
  • Ron Buchanan
  • William L. Frank
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Columbia, MO
Publication year:
  • 2000


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