A Goyen Companion: Appreciations of a Writer's Writer
- List Price: $37.50
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: University of Texas Press
- Publish date: 01/01/2002
A writer's writer whom the New York Times Book Review hailed as "one of the great American writers of short fiction", William Goyen was the author of luminous novels, including Arcadio, The House of Breath, and Half a Look or Cain, as well as short story collections. During Goyen's lifetime, his work attracted a loyal body of readers whose numbers are steadily increasing with the posthumous publication or reissuance of several of his major works.
This book brings together essays by well-known Goyen scholars, as well as appreciations of his work by fellow writers, including Madison Smartt Bell, James Merrill, Joyce Carol Oates, and W. D. Snodgrass. These complementary pieces provide a substantive introduction to the themes of Goyen's writing. The essays offer close but accessible readings of individual novels and stories, while the appreciations give tantalizing personal glimpses of the author and his method of working.