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).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

John Hawkes: Selected full-text books and articles

Second Skin By John Hawkes New Directions Publishing, 1964
The Cannibal By John Hawkes New Directions Publishing, 1962
The Play of the Double in Postmodern American Fiction By 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 By 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 By 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 By 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 By Flannagan, Roy The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Vol. 20, No. 2, Summer 2000
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