William T. Vollmann Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Criticism

Review of The Rainbow Stories, by William T. Vollmann. Chicago Tribune Books (2 August 1992): 2.

Summarizes criticism of John Calvin Batchelor, who deemed The Rainbow Stories a "domineering display of rare talent."

Review of Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs, by William T. Vollmann. Kirkus Reviews LXI, No. 5 (1 March 1993): 258.

Short review that concludes that Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs is not of the caliber of Vollmann's earlier works.

Kisliuk, Bill. "Barbary Coast Whores and Tenderloin Tricksters." San Francisco Review of Books 17, No. 2 (Fall 1992): 15.

Review of Jacqueline Baker Barnhart's The Fair But Frail: Prostitution in San Francisco, 1849–1900 and Vollmann's Whores for Gloria.

Oldfield, Paul. "Theatre of Destruction." New Statesman and Society 2, No. 35 (3 February 1989): 44.

Extols the spectacular elements of The Rainbow Stories.

O'Toole, Laurence. "Weird and Wonderful." New Statesman and Society 6, No. 279 (19 November 1993): 46.

Short and unfavorable assessment of Butterfly Stories.

Review of Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs, by William T. Vollmann. Publishers Weekly 240, No. 8 (22 February 1993): 80.

Praises the author but deems Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs pretentious.

The Review of Contemporary Fiction: Young Writers Issue 13, No. 2 (Summer 1993): 8-67.

Special issue focusing on the works of Vollmann, Susan Daitch, and David Foster Wallace. The section devoted to Vollmann includes, in addition to five essays and an interview, an essay by Vollmann and an excerpt from The Rifles.

Richler, Noah. "Symbolic History." New Statesman and Society 3, No. 104 (8 June 1990): 38.

Offers praise for The Ice-Shirt.

Texier, Catherine. "The Girl of His Dreams." The New York Times Book Review (16 February 1992): 12.

Extols the poignancy of Whores for Gloria.