Richard Bausch Analysis

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(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

Richard Bausch has published several novels. Take Me Back (1981) was nominated for a PEN/Faulkner Award.


(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

Richard Bausch’s collection Spirits, and Other Stories was nominated for a PEN/Faulkner Award. His stories frequently appear in New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best and in The Best American Short Stories series. Bausch received a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 1982 and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 1984. In 1992, he won the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers Award and in 1993, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature.


(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Almon, Bert. “Richard Bausch, 1945- .” In American Writers: A Collection of Literary Biographies, edited by Jay Parini. Supplement 7. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2001. An extended biographical and critical essay. Discusses at length whether Bausch should be considered a southern writer.

Bausch, Richard. Interview by Dulcy Brainard. Publishers Weekly 237 (August 10, 1990): 425-426. The author explains why he finds the short-story genre so satisfying and expresses hope that he will soon reach a larger audience. Moral issues, he says, are central in his life and in his fiction.

Bell, Madison Smartt. “Everyday Hazards.” The New York Times Book Review (June 14, 1987): 16. The subject of Spirits and Other Stories is the “hazards” of everyday life. Most of the stories end unhappily; “Spirits” is an exception.

Burroway, Janet. “In Mary’s Footsteps: Richard Bausch’s Heroine Falls Under the Spell of a Nineteenth-Century Traveler.” The New York Times Book Review 107, no. 36 (September 8, 2002): 27. Although the reviewer sees some weaknesses in the plot of Hello to the Cannibals, she finds that the novel is redeemed by Bausch’s masterful use of the English language, especially in his scenes of domestic conflict.

Cahill, Thomas. “Fireworks Hidden and Deep.” Commonweal 114 (October 9, 1987):...

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