Lorrie Moore Analysis

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(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

Lorrie Moore is the author of the novels Anagrams (1986) and Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? (1994). She has also published a children’s book, The Forgotten Helper (1987).


(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

Lorrie Moore’s stories have appeared in The New Yorker, the annual The Best American Short Stories, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards series. In 1976, at the age of nineteen, she won Seventeen magazine’s fiction contest. She has also received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1989) and a Granville Hicks Memorial Fellowship (1983).


(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Blades, John. “Lorrie Moore: Flipping Death the Bird.” Publishers Weekly (August 24, 1997): 31-32. In this preview for the upcoming publication of Birds of America, Blade provides an overview of Lorrie Moore’s successes. Moore defends herself against assumptions that she has had it too easy as a writer, and she defends her use of humor, which some critics have found excessive. Moore considers both Anagrams and Self-Help apprentice books.

Lee, Don. “About Lorrie Moore.” Ploughshares (Fall, 1998): 224-229. An overview of Moore’s life and work.

McCauley, Stephen. Review of Like Life, by Lorrie Moore. The New York Times Book Review, May 20, 1990, p. 7. Favorable review of the collection, with passing commentary on Self-Help and Anagrams.

Moore, Lorrie. “The Booklist Interview: Lorrie Moore.” Interview by Molly McQuade. Booklist (October 15, 1998): 402-403. Moore discusses the use of absurdity in her work, her pessimistic rather than cynical worldview, and the craft of writing stories.

Passaro, Vince. Review of Birds of America, by Lorrie Moore. Harper’s, August, 1999, 80-89. Passaro ranks Moore, along with David Foster Wallace and Lydia Davis, among the best contemporary short-story writers in the United States. In a review that includes commentary on several recent collections of short fiction, he examines the evolution of Moore’s writing from the early promise of Self-Help to the maturity of Birds of America.