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Individual Author Record

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Name:  Molly McQuade  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: New York

-- Molly McQuade on WorldCat --

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Titles At Your Library

An Unsentimental Education: Writers and Chicago
ISBN: 0226562107

University of Chicago Press. 1995

"Writers are both born and made, and their teachers share in the making of them, but in what ways?" Molly McQuade asks in An Unsentimental Education, a collection of candid interviews with twenty-one of our leading novelists and poets. Presented as first-person essays, the interviews are with contemporary writers who have studied, taught at, or cultivated other ties with the University of Chicago. The book provides an occasion for the writers to reflect on their Chicago experiences and on ideas about education in general. What education does a writer need? How can formal learning impel the writing life? What school stories or tales told out of school do Philip Roth, Hayden Carruth, Marguerite Young, George Steiner, Charles Simic, Susan Sontag, and Saul Bellow have in store and want to share.

Interviews with:Saul Bellow, Paul Carroll, Hayden Carruth, Robert Coover, Leon Forrest, June Jordan, Janet Kauffman, Morris Philipson, M. L. Rosenthal, Philip Roth, Susan Fromberg Shaeffer, Charles Simic, Susan Sontag, George Starbuck, George Steiner, Richard Stern, Nathaniel Tarn, Douglas Unger, Kurt Vonnegut, and Marguerite Young.

Stealing Glimpses: Of Poetry, Poets, and Things In Between / Essays
ISBN: 1889330256

Sarabande Books. 1999

"A journey through poetry, skippered by a first-person personal narrator." (au. description)

ISBN: 1884800270

Four Way Books. 2002


By Herself: Women Reclaim Poetry
ISBN: 1555972977

Graywolf Press. 2000

Have women finally moved beyond the status of cultural outsiders to become full participants in American poetry and its criticism? In By Herself: Women Reclaim Poetry - edited by Molly McQuade - contemporary women poets reconsider their art form on their own terms, and the results are both telling and fascinating. This lively and richly varied collection offers more than two dozen essays that are uniformly original, challenging, playful, and ruthlessly individualistic.


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