David Michael Kaplan Analysis

Other Literary Forms

David Michael Kaplan’s book-length Revision: A Creative Approach to Writing and Rewriting Fiction (1997) shows writers how to be their own editors, offers strategies, and points out common errors.

Achievements

David Michael Kaplan’s stories have been anthologized in publications such as American Short Fiction, The Best American Short Stories, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, Sudden Fiction International, and The Sound of Writing. Kaplan has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Yaddo Corporation, the Illinois Arts Council, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the CINE New York International Film and Television Festival.

Bibliography

Cameron, Peter. “Melancholy in the 50’s.” Review of Skating in the Dark, by David Michael Kaplan. The New York Times, September 8, 1991, sec. VII, 41. A short-story writer’s book review of Kaplan’s second collection finds that the protagonist’s prolonged sensitivity to hurt seems more like unchecked moping.

Hall, Sharon K., ed. “David Michael Kaplan.” Contemporary Literary Criticism: Yearbook 1987 50 (1988): 55-58. A profile and various review synopses of Kaplan’s first short-story collection, Comfort.

Skating in the Dark.” Review of Skating in the Dark, by David Michael Kaplan. Kirkus Reviews 59 (August 1, 1991): 956. A critical reading of Kaplan’s second collection finds it a little too calculating and, with two or three exceptions, lacking in real power.

Skating in the Dark.” Review of Skating in the Dark, by David Michael Kaplan. Publishers Weekly 238 (August 2, 1991): 62. A laudatory review of the collection sees it as neatly sidestepping “muzzy nostalgia traps” in the protagonist’s movement toward a more redeemable life.

Wood, Susan. “Children Without Parents.” Review of Comfort, by David Michael Kaplan. The New York Times, June 4, 1987, sec. VII, 41. A review of Kaplan’s first collection finds its stories “affecting” because of their common focus on the extraordinary moments of recognition in ordinary lives.