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Stanley Elkin was an American Jewish novelist, short story writer, and essayist. He was born on May 11, 1930. Elkin steadily and quietly worked his way into the higher ranks of contemporary American novelists. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, but grew up in Chicago and has spent most of his life since in the Midwest, receiving his Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois with a dissertation on William Faulkner. He was a member of the English faculty at Washington University in St. Louis from 1960 until his death, and battled multiple sclerosis for most of his adult life. Reviewers found Elkin's first novel, Boswell: A Modern Comedy (1964), the story of an uninhibited modern-day counterpart of the eighteenth-century biographer, hilarious and promising, while the stories in Criers and Kibitzers, Kibitzers and Criers (1966) established Elkin as a writer capable of writing short stories of textbook-anthology quality. The ironically entitled A Bad Man (1967) is about a Jewish department store magnate who deliberately arranges to have himself convicted of several misdeeds so that he can experience the real world of a prison and carry on his own war with the warden in what takes on the dimensions of a burlesque existential allegory. The Dick Gibson Show (1971) uses the host of a radio talk show as a way of showing fancifully what it means to live "at sound barrier," and both Searchers and Seizures (1973) and The Living End (1979) are triptychs of related stories verging on surrealism. The Franchiser (1976), generally considered Elkin's best novel before George Mills, uses the story of a traveling salesman of franchises to show the flattening homogenization of American life. But as usual, what happens in this Elkin novel is less important than the way in which the story is told. Elkin won the National Book Critics Circle Award on two occasions: for George Mills in 1982 and for Mrs. Ted Bliss, his last novel, in 1995. The MacGuffin was a finalist for the 1991 National Book Award for Fiction. Although he enjoyed high critical praise, his books never enjoyed popular success. Elkin died May 31, 1995 of a heart attack. His manuscripts and correspondence are archived in Olin Library at Washington University in St. Louis. (Bowker Author Biography)
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The Living End 241 exemplars, 4 ressenyes
Mrs. Ted Bliss 225 exemplars, 4 ressenyes
George Mills 218 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The Magic Kingdom 214 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
The Dick Gibson Show 162 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The Franchiser 148 exemplars, 1 ressenya
A Bad Man 128 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
Searches and Seizures 112 exemplars
The MacGuffin 105 exemplars
Criers & Kibitzers, Kibitzers & Criers 104 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Boswell 99 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
The Rabbi of Lud 61 exemplars
Stanley Elkin's Greatest Hits 46 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The Best American Short Stories of the Century (Col·laborador) 1,463 exemplars, 9 ressenyes
The Granta Book of the American Short Story (Col·laborador) 345 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Best of Modern Humor (Col·laborador) 270 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
100 Years of The Best American Short Stories (Col·laborador) 219 exemplars, 4 ressenyes
Russell Baker's Book of American Humor (Col·laborador) 187 exemplars
The Best American Essays 1994 (Col·laborador) 167 exemplars
The Best American Essays 1992 (Col·laborador) 120 exemplars
The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories (Col·laborador) 117 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
The Best American Essays 1990 (Col·laborador) 112 exemplars
The Granta Book of the American Long Story (Col·laborador) 93 exemplars
The Best American Essays 1989 (Col·laborador) 92 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The Jewish Writer (Col·laborador) 46 exemplars
Granta 1: New American Writing (Col·laborador) 37 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The Best American Short Stories 1978 (Col·laborador) 21 exemplars
The Best American Short Stories 1963 (Col·laborador) 15 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The Best American Short Stories 1965 (Col·laborador) 14 exemplars
The Best American Short Stories 1962 (Col·laborador) 11 exemplars
The Paris Review 32 1964 Summer-Fall (Col·laborador) 4 exemplars
Fiction, Volume 1, Number 1 (Col·laborador) 1 exemplars
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Stanley Elkin was born in Brooklyn, New York. He grew up in Chicago, where his parents moved when he was three years old. He began writing as a boy. He attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, earning a bachelor's degree in English in 1952, a master's degree in 1953 and a doctorate in 1961. In 1953, he married Joan Jacobson, with whom he had three children. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957. In 1960, he joined the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis as an English instructor, and remained at the university the rest of his life. He rose to full professor in 1969 and was appointed Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters in 1983. He became a famed teacher whose students were known to tremble in the wake of his comments. Stanley Elkin published his first novel "Boswell" in 1964 and his first collection of short stories, "Criers and Kibitzers, Kibitzers and Criers," in 1966. He became a prolific writer, producing 9 more novels, two volumes of novellas, two books of short stories, a collection of essays, radio plays, a screenplay, and numerous articles and stories for magazines such as Harper's, Playboy, and Esquire. His darkly comic and satiric writing style focused on American pop culture and the (often) painful side of human relationships. Elkin enjoyed critical acclaim and international popularity for many of his works. His extravagant, exuberant, and baroque language was widely admired. A diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in 1972 and two heart attacks did not stop Elkin's writing or teaching careers or keep him from taking travel assignments.
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