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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  John D. Blades  

Pen Name: John Blades

Genre: Creative Non-Fiction Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1936 in Springfield, Illinois


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Illinois Connection

John was born in Springfield and currently resides in Evanston.

Biographical and Professional Information

John Blades has been a reporter, an editor and book critic of the ''Chicago Tribune''. His fiction has been published in ''TriQuarterly'', ''The Quarterly'' and ''Chicago Magazine''. He has also written for the ''Washington Post'', ''Publishers Weekly'', ''The Morning News'', and numerous other publications. Blades now works as a freelance artist.


Published Works

  • Small Game, Henry Holt, 1992
  • How to Study James Joyce, Macmillan, 1996
  • John Keats, Palgrave, 2002


Selected Titles At Your Library

Small game /
ISBN: 0805017895. OCLC Number:

H. Holt and Co.,. New York :. 1992.

Strange things happen to Scott and Kathy Ryan when they move into a run-down house that used to be the neighborhood spook house.

How to study James Joyce /
ISBN: 0333592050. OCLC Number:

Macmillan,. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire :. 1996.

"James Joyce is one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century, with most of his works acclaimed as masterpieces. Yet many readers find his writing an enigma and consider his texts a formidable challenge. How to Study James Joyce sets out to show you how to get to grips with Joyce's work and how to analyse his novels in depth." "Through a series of clear and coherent chapters, John Blades offers fresh interpretations of Joyce's work, encompassing the importance of language and symbolism, and suggesting a step-by-step method by which you can increase your enjoyment and understanding of the texts." "An introductory chapter reflects on the biographical and cultural background to Joyce's writing before each of the major texts is examined in detail, beginning with Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and progressing to the more demanding novels, Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, showing you how to come to terms with their experimental features and develop an appreciation of their rich and fascinating worlds."--BOOK JACKET.

John Keats :
ISBN: 0333948947. OCLC Number:

Palgrave,. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ;. 2002.

"John Blades's in-depth study assesses the whole span of Keats's short career, from the early lyrical experiments, through the great epics, to the brilliant odes of 1819, and the haunting medieval narratives. Drawing on the comments of Keats's associates, Blades puts forward some challenging insights into the poet's methods and theory of poetry. The author goes on to examine the context of the verse through a clearly documented survey of Keats's letters - which highlight the trials and obstacles he faced, the attitude to the turmoil of his period, and above all his great passion for life - and an exploration of the key features of nineteenth-century Romanticism. Concluding with a discussion of the work of four literary critics and their influential responses to Keats's work, this lively and sensitive guide is essential reading for anyone with an interest in a young poet who was very much in accord with the revolutionary currents of his time."--Jacket.


Awards

  • James Friend Memorial Award for Critism, 1989
  • Chicago Tribune Writing Award, 1990

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