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Charles Baxter

Charles Baxter

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Charles Baxter was born in Minneapolis and graduated from Macalester College, in Saint Paul. After completing graduate work in English at the State University of New York at Buffalo, he taught for several years at Wayne State University in Detroit, and in 1989, moved to the Department of English at the University of Michigan, where he directed the M.F.A. program in creative writing.

Baxter has authored five novels, five collections of short stories, three collections of poems, two collections of essays on fiction, and is the editor of various other works. Of Baxter’s fiction, Ron Hanson of the The New York Times Book Review said “Baxter’s stories are intelligent, original, gracefully written, always moving, frequently funny and – the rarest of compliments – wise.” Atlantic Magazine’s Ryan Nally described Baxter’s work as “Revelations of the unexpected in the course of mundane day-to-day reality, the fleeting moments that indelibly shape a life, the moral and emotional quandaries that besiege us all.”

He is the recipient of numerous awards, honors, and foundation grants, including the Michigan Author of the Year Award, the Lawrence Foundation Award, the Arts Foundation of Michigan Award, and the Gettysburg Review nonfiction prose award. He was also a National Book Award Finalist for The Feast of Love in 2000. Baxter currently teaches at the University of Minnesota and in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.

Titles by Charles Baxter

The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot

Charles Baxter inaugurates The Art of, a new series on the craft of writing, with the wit and intelligence he brought to his celebrated book Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction.

Fiction writer and essayist Charles Baxter’s The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot discusses and illustrates the hidden subtextual overtones and undertones in fictional works haunted by the unspoken, the suppressed, and the secreted. Using an array of examples from Melville and Dostoyevsky to contemporary writers Paula Fox, Edward P. Jones, and Lorrie Moore, Baxter explains how fiction writers create those visible and invisible details, how what is displayed evokes what is not displayed.

The Art of Subtext is part of The Art of series, a new line of books by important authors on the craft of writing, edited by Charles Baxter. Each book examines a singular, but often assumed or neglected, issue facing the contemporary writer of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. The Art of series means to restore the art of criticism while illuminating the art of writing.

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A Relative Stranger: Stories (Norton Paperback)

“In his quiet cosmic wonderment, Baxter is the equal of John Updike and Anne Tyler at their largest and best.”—GQ

Without question Charles Baxter, whose ravishing novel The Feast of Love was a National Book Award finalist, is one of our finest contemporary writers. These two books, set in the Michigan landscape that Baxter has made his own, display his unparalleled gift for revealing the unexpected in everyday life. The often-curious connections of relatives and strangers are illuminated in the thirteen exquisite stories of A Relative Stranger. “You can’t just get a brother off the street,” a character says, but indeed he does.

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Shadow Play: A Novel (Norton Paperback)

“In his quiet cosmic wonderment, Baxter is the equal of John Updike and Anne Tyler at their largest and best.”—GQ

Without question Charles Baxter, whose ravishing novel The Feast of Love was a National Book Award finalist, is one of our finest contemporary writers. These two books, set in the Michigan landscape that Baxter has made his own, display his unparalleled gift for revealing the unexpected in everyday life. In the novel Shadow Play, a decent man, having made a “devil’s bargain,” finds himself on that precarious border between personal love and social responsibility. Reading group guide included.

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Harmony of the World: Stories

In these ten stories, Charles Baxter shows his genius in making his characters’ everyday sufferings–and occasional fragile joys–seem utterly unprecedented, even as he reminds us, gently and with a sly comic twist, that everything they feel is only the collateral damage of being human. Whether he is writing about the players in a rickety bisexual love triangle or a woman visiting her husband in a nursing home, probing the psychic mainspring of a grimly obsessive weight lifter or sifting through the layers of resentment, need, and pity in a friendship that has gone on a few decades too long, Baxter enchants us with the elegant balance of his prose and the unexpectedness of his insights. Long admired and now once more available in paperback, Harmony of the World is a masterpiece of lucidity and compassion.

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