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date: 15 June 2024

Proulx, Annielocked

Proulx, Annielocked

  • Robert M. Dowling


Annie Proulx is a vital force incontemporary American literature. She has produced six books of fiction to date: Heart Songs and Other Stories (1988), Postcards (1992), The Shipping News (1993), Accordion Crimes (1996), Close Range: Wyoming Stories (1999), and That Old Ace in the Hole (2003). Between 1991 and 1994 she was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PEN/Faulkner Award for Postcards, and a Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize, an Irish Times International Fiction Prize, a National Book Award, and a Pulitzer Prize for The Shipping News. Though Proulx currently enjoys minor celebrity status (a significant achievement for a prose writer in the twenty-first century), responses from the general reading public have been mixed—her themes are as confounding as they are enlightening, depressing as they are uplifting, violent as they are compassionate, exotic as they are commonplace, and erotic as they are a turnoff. Proulx has infused a bitter tonic into the tradition of American storytelling that will, for better or worse, affect the way American writers approach their nation's physical and social landscapes for years to come.


  • North American Literatures

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