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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Barry Silesky  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1949 in Minneapolis, Minnesota

-- Barry Silesky on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Barry Silesky lives and works in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Silesky is an author, poet, editor and teacher. He graduated from Northwestern University with a BA and from the University of Illinois at Chicago with his MA. While being an adjunct associate professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Silesky is also the editor of the literary journal ACM - Another Chicago Magazine [].

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Titles At Your Library

Ferlinghetti: The Artist in His Time
ISBN: 0446392898

Warner Books. 1991

A portrait of poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti is set against the backdrop of the Beat Movement, an avant-garde circle of artists and writers who changed the course of American literature and culture during the 1950s and 1960s

The New Tenants

Eye of the Coment. 1991


One Thing That Can Save Us (Coffee-To-Go Short-Short Story Series)
ISBN: 1566890209

Coffee House Press. 1994

"These well-crafted short-short stories will appeal to the types of busy-busy adults who give the volume its energy."--Kirkus Review "Silesky makes us realize that the seemingly inconsequential fragments of any life, even when randomly observed, can add up to a disturbing whole."--Los Angeles Reader

John Gardner: Literary Outlaw
ISBN: 1565122186

A Shannon Ravenel Book. 2004

For a decade--from 1973 to 1982--John Gardner was one of America's most famous writers and certainly its most flamboyantly opinionated. His 1973 novel, The Sunlight Dialogues, was on the New York Times bestseller list for fourteen weeks. Once in the limelight, he picked public fights with his peers, John Barth, Joseph Heller, and Norman Mailer among them, and wrote five more bestsellers.

Gardner's personal life was as chaotic as his writing life was prolific. At twenty, he married his cousin Joan, and after a long marriage that was both passionate and violent, left her for Liz Rosenberg, a student. Only a few years later, he left Rosenberg for another student, Susan Thornton. Famous for disregarding his own safety, he rode his motorcycle at crazy speeds, incurred countless concussions, and once broke both of his arms. He survived what was diagnosed as terminal colon cancer only to resume his prodigious drinking and to die in a motorcycle accident at age forty-nine, a week before his third wedding.

Biographer Barry Silesky captures John Gardner's fabulously contradictory genius and his capacity to both dazzle and infuriate. He portrays Gardner as a man of unrestrained energy and blatant contempt for convention and also as a man whose charisma drew students and devoted followers wherever he went. Amazingly, Gardner published twenty-nine books in all, including eleven fiction titles, a book-length epic poem, six books of medieval criticism, and a major biography. Twenty-one years after his death, his On Moral Fiction and The Art Of Fiction are still read and debated in MFA programs across the country.

This is a full-scale biography of a writer who was, for ten years, almost bigger than life. It lives up to its subject magnificently.

This Disease
ISBN: 159732017X

University of Tampa Press. 0

Book by SILESKY, Barry



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