David Gates Analysis

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David Gates is the author of the novels Jernigan (1991) and Preston Falls (1998).


(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

David Gates was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Jernigan and for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Preston Falls. His stories have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards.


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Gates, David. “David Gates: Voices for Vices.” Interview by Michael Coffey. Publishers Weekly, May 10, 1999, 42-43. Gates discusses his background, his vocation as a writer, and his two novels as well as his short-story collection. Much useful material, especially with regard to the influence of Gates’s literary hero Samuel Beckett.

Grossinger, Harvey. “David Gates: Life’s Hazards, People’s Alienation,” Houston Chronicle, July 18, 1999, p. 23. Interprets stories in The Wonders of the Invisible World from an existential perspective, praising them as well-crafted, gritty stories of contemporary malaise, alienation, and spiritual exhaustion. Also analyzes Gates’s characters, concluding they are isolated and loveless, have lives marked by regret, and are unable to sustain serious relationships. Lengthy, insightful analyses of “Vigil” and “The Mail Lady.”

Hynes, James. “More Hideous Men.” Review of The Wonders of the Invisible World, by David Gates. Washington Post, July 8, 1999, p. X05. Concentrates on Gates’s male characters, particularly in terms of their negative attributes. Describes Gates as continuing to mine the territory he staked out in his novels, with heroes who behave badly but are also self-aware and bitterly witty.

Kakutani, Michiko. “Thinking Too Much...

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