Academic journal article The Review of Contemporary Fiction

Editor's Note

Academic journal article The Review of Contemporary Fiction

Editor's Note

Article excerpt

Beginning as another issue in the line of past favorites such as "The Novelist as Critic" and "New Writing on Writing," this number of the Review of Contemporary Fiction evolved over time to focus on writing without a clear allegiance to any one of the categories of fiction, memoir, or essay. Here you'll find a long and entertaining interview with Gerald Murnane, who refuses the designation of "novel" for his longer fiction, and who has led many an unwary reader into the error of confusing his writing with autobiography. This is followed by John Griswold's report of his trip to Hannibal, Missouri for the centenary of Mark Twain's death, asking, "Why do we go looking for writers beyond their work? They are, after all, unpleasant people."

After this comes Luis Chitarroni's brief, semi-fictional portraits of such authors as William Gerhardie and Gerard Manley Hopkins; and then S. …

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