Evan S. Connell, Jr. Essay - Evan S. Connell, Jr. Long Fiction Analysis

Evan S. Connell, Jr. Long Fiction Analysis

When he was asked by interviewer Dan Tooker whether he could generalize about what he wanted to “get across” in his work, Evan S. Connell, characteristically laconic, answered, “No.” He has said of his writing only “I want to exemplify.” For Connell, exemplification usually consists more of brief, understated vignettes than of heavily embroidered plots and fully textured characterization. He has stated his preference for doing “very, very short things” and admits that he has “always had trouble constructing a fifteen chapter novel.” A reviewer in London’s The Times Literary Supplement once compared Connell to “a coral insect, who piles one tiny, exactly shaped fragment on top of another until by the...

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