Alice Adams Analysis

Other literary forms

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Alice Adams was a prolific writer. In addition to her novels, she published several short-story collections, including Beautiful Girl (1979), To See You Again (1982), Molly’s Dog (1983), Return Trips (1985), After You’ve Gone (1989), The Last Lovely City: Stories (1999), and The Stories of Alice Adams (2002). Although noted primarily for these short-story collections, Adams also published widely in top literary magazines during the 1970’s and 1980’s. Her work appeared regularly in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Mademoiselle, Virginia Quarterly Review, The New York Times Book Review, and The Paris Review.


(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Alice Adams won several prestigious awards during her career, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1978 and a National Endowment for the Arts fiction grant in 1976. She also was recognized for her short stories with awards in 1976, 1992, and 1996, and she won two American Academy of Arts and Letters awards (1984 and 1992).


(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Blades, Larry T. “Order and Chaos in Alice Adams’ Rich Rewards.” Critique 27, no. 4 (Summer, 1986): 187-195. Blades examines the interplay of order and chaos in Adams’s novel Rich Rewards.

Herman, Barbara A. “Alice Adams.” In Contemporary Fiction Writers of the South: A Bio-bibliographical Sourcebook, edited by Joseph M. Flora and Robert A. Bain. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1993. Herman situates Adams within the great pantheon of American southern writers of the twentieth century.

Kerrison, Catherine. Claiming the Pen: Women and Intellectual Life in the Early American South. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2006. A scholarly study that speaks to the lives of the strong, smart women in Adams’s novels of the American South. Kerrison examines topics such as female authorship and the female intellectual.