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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Bette Howland  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1937 in Chicago, Illinois

Died: 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Illinois Connection

Howland was born in Chicago and lived there until 1975.

Biographical and Professional Information

Bette Howland was a writer and literary critic. She worked as a librarian and did editorial work for the University of Chicago Press. She also wrote for Commentary Magazine and was a friend of Illinois and Nobel Prize-winning Illinois author, Saul Bellow.

In 1978, she was awarded with a Guggenheim Fellowship and in 1984 a MacArthur Genius Grant. Near the end of her life, her stories found new readers when a portfolio of her work appeared in a special issue of, A Public Space magazine, exploring a generation of women writers, their lifetimes of work, and questions of anonymity and public attention in art.


Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage: The Selected Stories of Bette Howland

Best New Book, Booklist

Best Book,

Best Book of 2019 so far, Chicago Public Library

Best Fiction Writer to Discover, Kirkus, 2019

Best Short Fiction, Kirkus, 2019

Selected Titles At Your Library

Blue in Chicago /
ISBN: 0060119578. OCLC Number: 3223714

Harper & Row,. .

Calm sea and prosperous voyage :
ISBN: 0998267503. OCLC Number: 1089012580

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"Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage restores to the literary canon an extraordinarily gifted writer, who was recognized as a major talent in the 1980s before all but disappearing from public view for decades ... With direct and powerful language in the tradition of Lucia Berlin, Kathleen Collins, and Grace Paley, Howland chronicles the tensions of her generation"--Dust jacket flap.

Things to come and go :
ISBN: 0394530322. OCLC Number: 8976168

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ISBN: 0670748633. OCLC Number: 1004021

Viking Press. .