Christopher Tilghman Analysis

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(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

In addition to his collections of short stories, Christopher Tilghman is the author of the novel Mason’s Retreat (1996).


(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

Christopher Tilghman won a thirty thousand dollar Whiting Writers Award, given to “emerging writers of exceptional talent and promise,” for In a Father’s Place. He has also received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and an Ingram Merrill Award.


(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

Arana-Ward, Marie. “Christopher Tilghman.” The Washington Post. June 16, 1996, p. X10. An interview/biographical sketch in which Tilghman talks about growing up surrounded by a sense of family and history. Tilghman also talks about his education, his stint in the navy, and his long apprenticeship trying to learn to write.

Elder, Richard. “The Flash and Fragility of Revolt.” Los Angeles Times Book Review (April 29, 1990): 3. Elder says that Tilghman’s characters in In a Father’s Place are value-seekers who care a lot and prize their caring. He discusses several of the stories, particularly “Hole in the Day,” in which Elder says that Tilghman does what only a true storyteller can do—make the impossible inevitable.

Gilbert, Matthew. “Flight from the Sad Past Toward Epiphany.” The Boston Globe. May 23, 1999, p. D2. A review of The Way People Run that argues that Tilghman creates a world that is both organic and spiritual, where men are interconnected with the family members from whom they run; notes that once again Tilghman focuses on people who are facing unwanted feelings as they revisit a family home but that more than those in his first collection these stories showcase his intuitive sense of the speed at which human feeling moves.

Hulbert, Ann. “In a Father’s...

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