Lawrence Dorr

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Lawrence Dorr (1925 – December 7, 2014) was the nom de plume of Janos Shoemyen, a Hungarian-American author born in Budapest, Hungary. He escaped from his homeland during the Soviet occupation and endured an itinerant life in immediate post-war Europe. He tried first to emigrate to the UK and then the USA where he finally settled in Gainesville, Florida.[1] He authored a number of short story collections including A Slow Soft River, A Bearer of Divine Revelation, and A Slight Momentary Affliction, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.[2] Three of his short stories appeared in the respected literary journal, The Virginia Quarterly Review.[citation needed]

Dorr's work is best known for its highly literary, almost poetic quality, and the strong presence of faith and Christianity. In these works he frequently deals with the after-effects of World War II, both on his homeland and the individual. His later work is heavily influenced by the landscape of south and north Florida as it flashbacks to the horrors faced before his escape from occupied Budapest.[3]


  1. ^ Dorr, Lawrence. A Slow Soft River. pp. 9–21.
  2. ^ Patten, April (2004-07-25). "The words of a master". The Gainesville Sun. Retrieved 2014-08-12.
  3. ^ "Remembering Janos Zsigmond Shoemyen » Samuel Proctor Oral History Program » University of Florida". Retrieved 1 September 2016.