Richard Bausch

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Richard Bausch (born 1945)[1] is an American novelist and short story writer,[2] and Professor in the Writing Program of Wilkinson College of the Arts & Humanities at Chapman University in Orange, California.[3] Bausch was born in 1945 in Fort Benning, Georgia.[4] He is the twin brother of author Robert Bausch. Bausch previously lived in Virginia and in Memphis, Tennessee.[3] He has written eleven novels, eight short story collections, and one volume of poetry and prose.[5]

Bausch holds a B.A. from George Mason University, and an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa.[4] He has taught English and Creative Writing at George Mason University and other institutions since 1980.[6] He was previously Heritage Chair in Writing at George Mason University; and Moss Chair of Excellence in the Writing Program at The University of Memphis.[6]

Early life and education[edit]

Bausch was born in 1945 in Fort Benning, Georgia.[4] He is the twin brother of author Robert Bausch.

He served in the U.S. Air Force between 1966–1969, then toured the Midwest and South playing guitar and singing in a rock band, and writing poetry.[7] Bausch holds a B.A. from George Mason University, and an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa.[4] He has taught English and Creative Writing at George Mason University and other institutions since 1980.[6] He was previously Heritage Chair in Writing at George Mason University; and Moss Chair of Excellence in the Writing Program at The University of Memphis[6]

Bausch previously lived in Virginia and in Memphis, Tennessee[3] and now lives in Orange City, California.

Writing[edit]

Bausch's novels vary from explorations of fear and love in family life, to historical novels, including Rebel Powers (1993), Good Evening Mr. & Mrs. America, and All the Ships at Sea (1996), Hello to the Cannibals (2002), and Peace (2008).[6] He published his first short story in The Atlantic in April 1983: "All the Way in Flagstaff, Arizona" was initially an 800-page novel that he cut down, calling the process "like passing a kidney stone".[2][6] He is a contributor of short stories to various periodicals, including Playboy, Harper's, Ploughshares, Narrative, Esquire, The Atlantic, The Southern Review, and The New Yorker.[6] His work has also been represented in anthologies, including O. Henry Prize Stories and Best American Short Stories.[8]

Take Me Back (1982) and Spirits and Other Stories (1987) were nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award,[6][9][10] Two of his short stories, "The Man Who Knew Belle Star," and Letter To The Lady of The House," won the National Magazine Award in fiction for The Atlantic Monthly, and The New Yorker, respectively.[6] In 2004, he won the PEN/Malamud Award for short story excellence.[11]

Awards[edit]

Bausch received a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 1982, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1984, the Hillsdale Prize of The Fellowship of Southern Writers in 1991, The Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award in 1992, the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Award in Literature in 1993, and was elected to the Fellowship of Southern Writers in 1997. He became chancellor of the Fellowship in 2007.[12]

Take Me Back (1982) and Spirits and Other Stories (1987) were nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award,[6][9][10] and he received the 2004 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction.[13][14] Two of his short stories, "The Man Who Knew Belle Star," and Letter To The Lady of The House," won the National Magazine Award in fiction for The Atlantic Monthly, and The New Yorker, respectively.[6] His story "Reverend Thornhill's Wife" won second place in the 2008 Fall Fiction Contest at Narrative Magazine.[15]

His novel "Peace" won the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize.[3] and the W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction of American Library Association.[16]

In 2013, he won the $30,000 Rea Award for The Short Story.[17]

Publications[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • Real Presence, 1980[18]
  • Take Me Back, 1981[19]
  • The Last Good Time, 1984 (made into a film by Bob Balaban in 1995)[20]
  • Mr. Field's Daughter, 1989[21]
  • Violence, 1992.[22]
  • Rebel Powers, 1993[23]
  • Good Evening Mr. and Mrs. America, and All the Ships at Sea, 1996[24]
  • In the Night Season, 1998[25]
  • Hello To the Cannibals, 2002[26]
  • Thanksgiving Night, 2006[27]
  • Peace, 2008[5]

Short fiction[edit]

  • Spirits, And Other Stories, 1987[28]
  • The Fireman's Wife, And Other Stories, 1990[29]
  • Rare & Endangered Species, 1994[30]
  • Selected Stories of Richard Bausch (The Modern Library), 1996[31]
  • Someone To Watch Over Me: Stories, 1999[32]
  • The Stories of Richard Bausch, 2003[1]
  • Wives & Lovers: 3 Short Novels, 2004[33]
  • Something is Out There, 2010[34]

Poetry and non-fiction[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Birkerts, Sven (28 December 2003). "Field Guides to the North American Male". New York Times. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Burns, Carol (20 November 2003). "Off the Page: Richard Bausch". Washington Post. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d "2009 Fiction winner". Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c d Shumate, Michael; Lisa Stark (1 October 1999). "Preliminary Inventory of the Richard Bausch Papers, 1965-1998 and undated". Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  5. ^ a b Kennedy, AL (1 August 2009). "Peace by Richard Bausch". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "A conversation with Richard Bausch". The Atlantic. 20 August 1998. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  7. ^ "Richard Bausch". Operation Homecoming. National Endowment for the Arts. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  8. ^ "Richard Bausch to receive Centenary's Corrington Award February 25". College of Louisiana. 2013-02-06. Archived from the original on 2013-05-23. 
  9. ^ a b "PEN/Faulkner Group Lists Award Nominees". New York Times. 9 March 1998. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  10. ^ a b McDowell, Edwin (28 March 1982). "To Return Home". New York Times. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  11. ^ http://www.penfaulkner.org/pen-malamud-award/past-winners/
  12. ^ "Fellowship Of Southern Writers Elects First Board". The Chattanoogan. 19 October 2007. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  13. ^ McAllister, Edward (2010-02-08). "Bausch taps into menace of U.S. home life for new book". Archived from the original on 2013-05-24. 
  14. ^ "PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction". PEN/Faulkner Foundation. Retrieved 29 December 2009. [dead link]
  15. ^ "Reverend Thornhill’s Wife". Narrative Magazine. Winter 2009. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  16. ^ "W.Y. Boyd Literary Award Recipients". American Library Association. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  17. ^ Clement, Douglas P (2013-05-27). "Short Stories, Books, Alive and Well: Rea Award Goes to Richard Bausch". Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  18. ^ Mohs, Mayo (22 September 1980). "Books: Body of Christ". TIME. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  19. ^ Brickner, Richard P. (26 April 1981). "Troubled Lives". New York Times. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  20. ^ Shulgasser, Barbara (28 April 1995). "Intimate tale in "Last Good Time'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  21. ^ Lyons, Gene (27 August 1989). "Escape from the perfect father". New York Times. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  22. ^ Kenney, Susan (26 January 1992). "'I'm One of the Ones It Was Done To'". New York Times. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  23. ^ Wanner, Irene (11 April 1993). "Hard Times In Close Company". Seattle Times. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  24. ^ Krist, Gary (27 October 1996). "The Boy Who Would Be President". New York Times. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  25. ^ Scott, A.O. (7 June 1998). "The Desperate Hours". New York Times. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  26. ^ Burroway, Janet (28 September 2002). "In Mary's Footsteps". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  27. ^ Wolitzer, Meg (15 October 2006). "Feast of Plenty". New York Times. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  28. ^ Smartt Bell, Madison (14 June 1987). "Everyday Hazards". New York Times. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  29. ^ Pesetsky, Bette (19 August 1990). "Quarrels Over Who Said What and When". New York Times. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  30. ^ Wanner, Irene (9 October 1994). "Rare And Endangered Species: A Novella And Stories". Seattle Times. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  31. ^ "The Selected Stories of Richard Bausch". Modern Library. Random House. April 1996. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  32. ^ Zeidner, Lisa (29 August 1999). "Somebody I'm Longing to See". New York Times. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  33. ^ McMichael, Barbara Lloyd (29 August 2004). ""Wives & Lovers": Highs and lows of living, loving". Seattle Times. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  34. ^ "Something Is Out There". Random House. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  35. ^ "These Extremes". LSU Press. October 2009. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  36. ^ "The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction". W.W. Norton. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 

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