Max Apple Analysis

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(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

In addition to writing some critical articles and to editing a book on the fiction of the Southwest, Max Apple has written two novels, Zip: A Novel of the Left and the Right (1978) and The Propheteers: A Novel (1987), and two memoirs, Roommates: My Grandfather’s Story (1994) and I Love Gootie: My Grandmother’s Story (1998). He was a contributor to Liquid City: Houston Writers on Houston (1987), a nonfiction work celebrating the Houston International Festival.


(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

In 1971, Max Apple received the National Endowment for the Humanities younger humanists fellowship. The Oranging of America, and Other Stories earned him the Jesse H. Jones Award from the Texas Institute of Letters in 1976, as did Free Agents in 1985. He won Hadassah magazine’s Ribalous Award for the best Jewish fiction of 1985. Apple has also contributed stories to a number of periodicals.


(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

Bellamy, Joe David. Literary Luxuries: American Writing at the End of the Millennium. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1995. A record of Bellamy’s search for a literary life, this book examines various facets of the literary scene in the late twentieth century. A section called “Contemporaries” provides brief overviews of sixteen younger writers, including Max Apple, whom he admires for the way he shows that “the spirit that made America what it is today is still operative” in such fictionalized figures as Howard Johnson in “The Oranging of America” and for his mellowness, which is described as an unusual quality of affection and a certain nostalgia that he generates while at the same time making his characters the butts of his ridicule. While Apple creates fabulous fantasies, few laws of nature are suspended, making his stories strangely plausible. The book lauds Apple’s formal economy, balance, and purposefulness of action and plot, and concludes that his whimsicality and imaginative bravado are rarely forced.

Bennett, Patrick. Talking with Texas Writers: Twelve Interviews. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1980. Interview with Max Apple is included along with those of eleven other Texas writers. Apple shares how he became a writer and what some of his writing habits are: writing in longhand, not preparing an outline, not devoting a set number of hours or words per day to writing. Explains...

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