Small Rain. Nicholas Delbanco

ISBN: 9780688028855

Published: January 28th 1975


213 pages


Small Rain.  by  Nicholas Delbanco

Small Rain. by Nicholas Delbanco
January 28th 1975 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 213 pages | ISBN: 9780688028855 | 5.53 Mb

Nicholas Delbanco is the Robert Frost Distinguished University Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan and Chair of the Hopwood Committee. He has published twenty-five books of fiction and non-fiction. His most recent novels are The Count of Concord and Spring and Fall- his most recent works of non-fiction are The Countess of Stanlein Restored and The Lost Suitcase: Reflections on the Literary Life.

As editor he has compiled the work of, among others, John Gardner and Bernard Malamud. The long-term Director of the MFA Program as well as the Hopwood Awards Program at the University of Michigan, he has served as Chair of the Fiction Panel for the National Book Awards, received a Guggenheim Fellowship and, twice, a National Endowment for the Arts Writing Fellowship.

Professor Delbanco has just completed a teaching text for McGraw-Hill entitled Literature: Craft and Voice, a three-volume Introduction to Literature of which he is the co-editor with Alan Cheuse- in 2004 he published The Sincerest Form: Writiing Fiction by Imitation. His new non-fiction book, Lastingness: The Art of Old Age will be published by Grand Central Publishing in 2011.Full BiographyNOTE: The following biography was composed in 2000 by Jon Manchip White and reflects information only up to and including that year.Nationality: American.

Born: London, England, 1942. Education: Harvard University, B.A. 1963- Columbia University, M.A. 1966. Career: Member of Department of Language and Literature, Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont, 1966-84, writing workshop director, 1977-84- professor of English, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, 1984-85- Robert Frost Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1985—.

Awards: National Endowment for the Arts creative writing award, 1973, 1982- National Endowment of Composers and Librettists fellowship, 1976- Guggenheim fellowship, 1980- Woodrow Wilson fellowship- Edward John Noble fellowship- New York State CAPS Award- Vermont Council of the Arts Award- Michigan Council of the Arts Award.

Agent: Brandt & Brandt Literary Agents, Inc., 1501 Broadway, New York, New York 10036, U.S.A.As a novelist, Nicholas Delbanco can be considered doubly fortunate in that he has always been able to draw inspiration and sustenance from two continents and two cultures.Of Italian and German descent, he was born in London at the height of the German Blitz, and his family did not depart for America until he was six, and he was not naturalized as an American citizen until he was eleven. It is not surprising that, though later he would anchor himself firmly in New England and particularly in Vermont, and more recently in Michigan as the Robert Frost Professor of English Language and Literature, the influence of his European origins would play a consistent part in his fiction and non-fiction alike.The cultural ambivalence, if such it may be called, manifested itself early.

At Harvard, his B.A. thesis was devoted to a joint study of Rilke and Heredia, two noteworthy wanderers, and the subject of his M.A. thesis was that tragic outcast, Malcolm Lowry. Examining the numerous novels Delbanco has published to date, one finds that only five are set exclusively in the United States and that the majority are set, either in whole or part, in Provence, Tuscany, Greece, Switzerland, or as far afield as Barbados and Mexico.

Several of his non-fiction books are concerned with Europe, one of them a study of that remarkable group of literary exiles, including Conrad, Crane, and James, who lived and worked together in a small corner of England at the turn of the last century. Indeed, one of the courses Delbanco has taught over the years is specifically entitled “Exiles,” and is devoted to Becket, Conrad, and Nabokov, while other courses have featured a gallery of roving and displaced novelists such as Joyce, Lawrence, Forster, Ford, Mann, Fitzgerald, and He

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