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Nancy Hale: On the Life & Work of a Lost American Master (The Unsung…
by Dan Chaon (Editor), Nancy Hale (Author)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 096414543X, Paperback)Fiction. Literary History & Criticism. Edited by Dan Chaon, Norah Hardin Lind, and Phong Nguyen. This third volume in the Pleiades Unsung Masters Series focuses on 1930s and 40s fiction writer Nancy Hale, whose stories helped shape the early identity of The New Yorker. By her death in 1988, Hale had slipped into obscurity, and all but one of her more than 30 books were out of print. Featuring seven of Hale's best stories and essay on her work by Ann Beattie, Debra Brenegan, Trudy Lewis, Anne Freeman, G. Thomas Tanselle, and John Beebe, this books makes the case for Hale's continuing importance to American literature.
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In the 1930s and 1940s, Nancy Hale was a writer of literary best-sellers, beloved by critics, and expected by many to become one of the canonical writers of her era. Her fiction helped to shape the early identity of The New Yorker magazine and established her as an important voice in both the short story and the novel. By her death in 1988, however, all but one of her more than thirty books had gone out of print, and her star had faded into near obscurity.These works contain seven short stories by Hale, and essays by writers and scholars who knew Hale or have been inspired by her work. These works make a case for Hale's rediscovery by contemporary writers, and her importance to American literature as a whole.