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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Charles Dickinson  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: Detroit, Michigan

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Illinois Connection

Charles Dickinsion lives in a suburb of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dickinson is an editor at the Chicago Tribune.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Waltz in Marathon
ISBN: 039453199X

Knopf. 1983

Gentleman loan shark Harry Waltz, a sixty-one-year-old resident of Marathon, Michigan, finds his life dramatically altered by the return of his grown children and his romance with Mary Hale, a successful, forty-year-old lawyer

ISBN: 0394542975

Knopf. 1985

Recounts the belated coming of age of Robert Cigar who, at age twenty-seven, has retired from sportswriting and moved into the household of his recently deceased friend and former professor

With or Without and Other Stories
ISBN: 0394554922

Knopf. 1987

1987, hardcover edition, Knopf, NY. 161 pages. Beautifully produced collection of 10 short stories by a most talented writer. Sophisticated, poignant, and beautifully written. "Dickinson is a talented writer who deserves a wide audience."

Widows' Adventures: A Novel
ISBN: 0688089240

William Morrow & Co. 1989

Not content to settle quietly into their golden years, two widowed sisters embark upon a cross-country journey that also proves to be an odyssey of self-discovery

Rumor Has It
ISBN: 0688102255

William Morrow & Co. 1991

Chicago editor Danny Fain, faced with his newspaper's folding, becomes obsessed with a last scoop, as he pursues the mysterious facts surrounding a child in a ghost costume whom he saw being hit by a train

A Shortcut in Time
ISBN: 0765305798

Forge Books. 2003

Charles Dickinson's novels and short stories have won widespread acclaim for their deft characterization, humanity, and humor. Newsday described him as "a writer thoroughly in command of his art," while the Chicago Tribune wrote "he can surprise us at almost every turn."

Now Dickinson slips beyond the bounds of mundane realism to create a poignant fantasy that bears comparison to the work of Jack Finney and Jonathan Carroll.

Euclid, Illinois, is a town of many shortcuts, between houses, through orchards, and across fields. Josh Winkler, a local artist and longtime resident, knows these irregular pathways well, but is thoroughly taken aback when a hasty dash down a familiar walk deposits him fifteen minutes in the past--literally. At first, Josh is more intrigued than alarmed by this accidental time travel. Then a lost young woman appears, claiming to be from 1908 . . . .

As his life, his family, his town, and even history itself begin to unravel, Josh gradually realizes that his only salvation may lie in A Shortcut Time.

Charles Dickinson has written a moving and unforgettable book about the way the past can affect the present as well as, sometimes, the other way around.


Friends of American Writers top prize for ''Crows''.

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