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Carol Shields (1935–2003)

Autore di The Stone Diaries

41+ opere 16,635 membri 361 recensioni 73 preferito


Carol Shields is a writer and critic who was born on June 2, 1935 in Chicago and grew up in Illinois. Shields resided in Canada, where she was the Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg, and a professor at the University of Manitoba. Shields's first novel, Small Ceremonies, was published the week mostra altro of her 40th birthday. Her other works of fiction include The Orange Fish, Larry's Party, Various Miracles, and The Stone Diaries, which received the Governor's General Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Shields has also been awarded the Canadian Bookseller's Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the CBC Prize for Drama. She died on July 16, 2003. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra meno


Opere di Carol Shields

The Stone Diaries (1993) 5,825 copie, 120 recensioni
Unless (2002) 3,065 copie, 94 recensioni
Larry's Party (1997) 1,906 copie, 37 recensioni
La Repubblica dell'amore (1992) 830 copie, 14 recensioni
Jane Austen (2001) 794 copie, 23 recensioni
Mary Swann (1987) 721 copie, 6 recensioni
Dressing Up for the Carnival (2000) 463 copie, 8 recensioni
Collected Stories (2004) 453 copie, 8 recensioni
The Box Garden (1977) 453 copie, 7 recensioni
Small Ceremonies (1976) 410 copie, 9 recensioni
Dropped Threads: What We Aren't Told (2001) — A cura di — 277 copie, 2 recensioni
Various Miracles (1985) 202 copie, 4 recensioni
A Celibate Season (1998) 188 copie, 5 recensioni
Dropped Threads 2: More of What We Aren't Told (2003) — A cura di — 128 copie, 1 recensione

Opere correlate

Mansfield Park (1814) — Introduzione, alcune edizioni22,790 copie, 361 recensioni
The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction (1983) — Collaboratore — 1,140 copie, 3 recensioni
All I Did Was Ask: Conversations with Writers, Actors, Musicians, and Artists (2004) — Collaboratore — 560 copie, 12 recensioni
For the Love of Books: 115 Celebrated Writers on the Books They Love Most (1999) — Collaboratore — 457 copie, 3 recensioni
Writers on Writing: Collected Essays from the New York Times (2001) — Collaboratore — 449 copie, 4 recensioni
From Ink Lake: Canadian Stories (1990) — Collaboratore — 130 copie, 1 recensione
The Barbie Chronicles: A Living Doll Turns Forty (1999) — Collaboratore — 106 copie, 1 recensione
Prize Stories 1997: The O. Henry Awards (1997) — Collaboratore — 101 copie, 2 recensioni
The New Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories (1986) — Collaboratore — 73 copie, 1 recensione
Without a Guide: Contemporary Women's Travel Adventures (1994) — Collaboratore — 61 copie
The Second Persephone Book of Short Stories (2019) — Collaboratore — 28 copie
The Oxford Book of Stories by Canadian Women in English (1999) — Collaboratore — 28 copie
Seconda Pelle: quando le donne si vestono (1998) — Collaboratore — 17 copie, 1 recensione
A/Cross Sections: New Manitoba Writing (2007) — Collaboratore — 1 copia


Informazioni generali



Carol Shields Month in Orange January/July (Giugno 2012)
Larry's Party by Carol Shields in Orange January/July (Gennaio 2012)
Group Read - The Stone Diaries (March) - Spoiler Thread in The 11 in 11 Category Challenge (Marzo 2011)


THE BOX GARDEN (1977) is a gem of a book that my late mother left behind eleven years ago and I just got around to reading it. Mom and I both thoroughly enjoyed Carol Shields' THE STONE DIARIES that won her the Pulitzer nearly thirty years ago. And I've read a couple of her other books since then. This one features Charlene Forest, a divorced single mom, living on the economic edge in the seventies (well before PCs, cell phones and all the other crap of today). Char has a confidence problem, but she manages quite well. Her ex was an unbalanced, selfish hippy, but she still gets a small monthly child support check in the mail twelve years after he deserted them. Char is traveling by train from Vancouver back to her home near Toronto for a week, where her long-widowed mother is getting married. And her mom is really a piece of work - perhaps one of the most unlikeable, unpleasant characters you're likely to meet in modern fiction. And the man she is marrying cones with some real surprises. Char brings her 'boyfriend,' a really nice guy - an orthodontist - and leaves her 15 year-old son behind with some friends. And she hopes to connect with 'Brother Adam,' a mysterious (mystic?) botanist she's been corresponding with - who sent her a 'box garden' of grass. Oh, and her older sister and husband are there for the wedding too. Then there is this totally unexpected family crisis, and the police enter in. I mean for such an ordinary-seeming collection of people, things get pretty intense all at once, and there is a lot going on, with some sudden twists. This is just a very good story, with very finely wrought characters, and very seventies too. I loved it. And the late Carol Shields was a wonderful writer. Very highly recommended.

- Tim Bazzett, author of CV memoir, BOOKLOVER
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TimBazzett | 6 altre recensioni | Jul 5, 2024 |
A sympathetic biography by one author on another. The facts of Jane Austen's life can be picked up in any number of other biographies, but the strength of this short book is in Carol Shields' appraisal of Austen's influences and writing processes. Her research is tempered with empathy for her subject, making for an absorbing read.
Margaret09 | 22 altre recensioni | Apr 15, 2024 |
I was disappointed in this book. To narrow it down I think the plot was too diffuse, it roamed around too much and never really settled on anything substantial.
charlie68 | 119 altre recensioni | Feb 24, 2024 |
I've read a lot of great biographies on Jane Austen, but this one was truly excellent. First off, I would not recommend this for someone who knows very little about Jane Austen or her books, as a lot of basics are assumed in order to get on to things that better interest the knowledgeable "Janeite". I think that's why I enjoyed it so much---it was a refreshing take on the details behind that "Jane Austen Fact Sheet" that a lot of biographies seem to be drawing from.

I love Shields' metaphor of "glances" on page 3-4. She discusses how Austen never really goes into detail about some of the things that were so newsworthy in her day: the Napoleonic wars, changes in societal structure and the Church, advances in science and medicine. She describes Austen's dealings with them as "glances"---an implied commentary.

Another thing the biographer brought to my attention, in respect to the writer in me---and in Austen---was that Jane Austen never had that quiet place that I seem not to be able to write without. "The encouragement of her imagination did not arise from conditions offered her by others." I am always looking for that place of solitude---the "Perfect Place to Write." Yet, Jane Austen just wrote wherever she was and however she could---no matter what was going on around her. I can't expect others to pave the way for me. If I really want to finish that story that I'm working on, I need to make it happen.

After reading this short bio, I'm more encouraged to track down some of her published correspondence. Maybe I'll have the chance to find some on my trip to England next month.
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classyhomemaker | 22 altre recensioni | Dec 11, 2023 |


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