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A David Huddle Reader: Selected Prose and Poetry (Bread Loaf Series of Contemporary Writers) Hardcover – December 1, 1993

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Product Details

  • Series: Bread Loaf Series of Contemporary Writers
  • Hardcover: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Middlebury/Vermont (December 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874516528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874516524
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,170,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

Unlike other writers published in the series, such as Rosellen Brown and Lynne Sharon Schwartz, Huddle's ( Nature of Learning , LJ 4/1/92) work will be unfamiliar to most readers. Thus, though insightful, his reflective essays on the writing process--thoughts on a novel's rejection, making time to write--lack a necessary frame of reference. Forming the bulk of this collection, the stories are mainly first-person reminiscences of a boy growing up in the Forties and Fifties in a small Southern town. Instead of action there is an innocent charm that, unfortunately, quickly becomes repetitive. Later essays, like the poems that follow, never escape from a preppy, chauvinistic sensibility. This entire collection is adequate but unmemorable.
- Rochelle Ratner, formerly Poetry Editor, "Soho Weekly News," New York
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Huddle is a natural for the distinguished Bread Loaf Contemporary series, a group of readers featuring the work of Donald Justice, Nancy Willard, and Lynne Sharon Schwartz, among others. Huddle's versatility and deep involvement with language and the "journey" of writing are obvious in each of this volume's essays, poems, and short stories. Huddle introduces himself and his work with a piece titled "Confessions of a Multi-Genre Writer: What It Feels Like from the Inside." He assures us that his work, while varied in form, is "all of a piece," and, indeed, his ability to delve far beneath the surface of experience shapes each selection. Huddle's essay topics include the permutations of the writing life, dancing, teaching, and, in a surge of confessional musing, the awkward habit of ogling. The poetry section includes early unpublished poems and several new poems, including "Poem at Fifty, Mostly in Long Lines," which isn't so much about turning 50 as it is about a memory of a driving in a blizzard one night in 1959. The half-dozen stories include one from Huddle's terrific last book, Intimates. Donna Seaman

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More About the Author

David Huddle is from Ivanhoe, Virginia, and he's lived in Vermont for 44 years. He's taught at the University of Vermont, Hollins University, Middlebury College, Goddard College, Johnson State College, Radford University, Austin Peay State University, The University of Idaho, The Bread Loaf School of English, The Rainier Writing Workshop, and The Sewanee School of Letters. His fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in The American Scholar, Esquire, Appalachian Heritage, The New Yorker, Harper's, Poetry, Story, Shenandoah, Agni, Green Mountains Review, The Sow's Ear, Plume, and The Georgia Review. In 2012 his novel Nothing Can Make Me Do This won the Library of Virginia Award for Fiction, and his collection Black Snake at the Family Reunion won the Pen New England Award for Poetry. His new poetry collection, Dream Sender, will appear from LSU Press in Fall 2015. His novel, The Faulkes Chronicle, appeared from Tupelo Press in Fall 2014, and a new novel, Kira's List, is scheduled for publication by Tupelo Press in Spring 2016.