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Bette Howland

Born: 1937 in Chicago, Illinois
Died: 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Howland was born in Chicago and lived there until 1975.

Biography: 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

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Poetry

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Blue in Chicago /
ISBN: 0060119578 OCLC: 3223714

Harper & Row, New York : ©1978.

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

"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: 8976168

ISBN: 0670748633 OCLC: 1004021

Viking Press New York, [1974]