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Carol Shields (1935–2003)

Autor(a) de The Stone Diaries

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About the Author

Carol Shields is a writer and critic who was born on June 2, 1935 in Chicago and grew up in Illinois. Shields resided in Canada, where she was the Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg, and a professor at the University of Manitoba. Shields's first novel, Small Ceremonies, was published the week mostrar mais of her 40th birthday. Her other works of fiction include The Orange Fish, Larry's Party, Various Miracles, and The Stone Diaries, which received the Governor's General Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Shields has also been awarded the Canadian Bookseller's Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the CBC Prize for Drama. She died on July 16, 2003. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras de Carol Shields

The Stone Diaries (1993) 5,769 cópias
Unless (2002) 3,037 cópias
Larry's Party (1997) 1,891 cópias
The Republic of Love (1992) 824 cópias
Jane Austen (2001) 789 cópias
Mary Swann (1987) 712 cópias
Dressing Up for the Carnival (2000) 455 cópias
Collected Stories (2004) 452 cópias
The Box Garden (1977) 451 cópias
Small Ceremonies (1976) 402 cópias
Dropped Threads: What We Aren't Told (2001) — Editor — 275 cópias
Various Miracles (1985) 200 cópias
A Celibate Season (1991) 186 cópias
Dropped Threads 2: More of What We Aren't Told (2003) — Editor — 127 cópias

Associated Works

Mansfield Park (1814) — Introdução, algumas edições22,461 cópias
The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction (1983) — Contribuinte — 1,132 cópias
Writers on Writing: Collected Essays from the New York Times (2001) — Contribuinte — 446 cópias
From Ink Lake: Canadian Stories (1990) — Contribuinte — 129 cópias
The Barbie Chronicles: A Living Doll Turns Forty (1999) — Contribuinte — 105 cópias
Prize Stories 1997: The O. Henry Awards (1997) — Contribuinte — 98 cópias
The New Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories (1986) — Contribuinte — 73 cópias
Without a Guide: Contemporary Women's Travel Adventures (1994) — Contribuinte — 61 cópias
The Oxford Book of Stories by Canadian Women in English (1999) — Contribuinte — 30 cópias
The Second Persephone Book of Short Stories (2019) — Contribuinte — 26 cópias
A Second Skin: Women Write about Clothes (1998) — Contribuinte — 17 cópias
A/Cross Sections: New Manitoba Writing (2007) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)


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Carol Shields Month em Orange January/July (Junho 2012)
Larry's Party by Carol Shields em Orange January/July (Janeiro 2012)
Group Read - The Stone Diaries (March) - Spoiler Thread em The 11 in 11 Category Challenge (Março 2011)


A sympathetic biography by one author on another. The facts of Jane Austen's life can be picked up in any number of other biographies, but the strength of this short book is in Carol Shields' appraisal of Austen's influences and writing processes. Her research is tempered with empathy for her subject, making for an absorbing read.
Margaret09 | outras 22 resenhas | Apr 15, 2024 |
I was disappointed in this book. To narrow it down I think the plot was too diffuse, it roamed around too much and never really settled on anything substantial.
charlie68 | outras 120 resenhas | Feb 24, 2024 |
I've read a lot of great biographies on Jane Austen, but this one was truly excellent. First off, I would not recommend this for someone who knows very little about Jane Austen or her books, as a lot of basics are assumed in order to get on to things that better interest the knowledgeable "Janeite". I think that's why I enjoyed it so much---it was a refreshing take on the details behind that "Jane Austen Fact Sheet" that a lot of biographies seem to be drawing from.

I love Shields' metaphor of "glances" on page 3-4. She discusses how Austen never really goes into detail about some of the things that were so newsworthy in her day: the Napoleonic wars, changes in societal structure and the Church, advances in science and medicine. She describes Austen's dealings with them as "glances"---an implied commentary.

Another thing the biographer brought to my attention, in respect to the writer in me---and in Austen---was that Jane Austen never had that quiet place that I seem not to be able to write without. "The encouragement of her imagination did not arise from conditions offered her by others." I am always looking for that place of solitude---the "Perfect Place to Write." Yet, Jane Austen just wrote wherever she was and however she could---no matter what was going on around her. I can't expect others to pave the way for me. If I really want to finish that story that I'm working on, I need to make it happen.

After reading this short bio, I'm more encouraged to track down some of her published correspondence. Maybe I'll have the chance to find some on my trip to England next month.
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classyhomemaker | outras 22 resenhas | Dec 11, 2023 |
Over my life of wanna be writer, I’ve bought and tossed many a book on writing. So few of them offer any real insights or wisdom; so many are more about pumping out books or variable merit.

I should have started here. I know Carol Shields’ writing and love it- this book, compiled by her children, is full of her down to earth magic. Carol started writing late, but succeeded in her goal of portraying truth through fiction.

I don’t want to write a book. I want to have written a quality book. Startle and Illuminate gives me the courage to go on, to aim for truth in my work.… (mais)
Dabble58 | 1 outra resenha | Nov 11, 2023 |


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