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Conversations with John L’Heureux

With an Introduction by Tobias Wolff

This book presents a sequence of interviews between Dikran Karagueuzian and prolific fiction writer John L’Heureux that investigate the nature of writing fiction and the writer’s need to write. This conversation includes a discussion of contemporary fiction, its virtues and vices, and its distinguished practitioners along with a personal perspective on writing novels as opposed to short stories. Karagueuzian and L’Heureux also explore L’Heureux’s years as director of the Stanford Writing Program, detailing his relationship with some of his better known students, and offering insight into what can and can’t be taught in a creative writing program.

200 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2010

Biography and Letters

Literature and Literary Criticism: American and Canadian Literature


“John’s work is sometimes dire in its portraiture but never contemptuous; witty as Donne is witty, that is, seriously witty; adventurous in language and form without ever being cute.”

Tobias Wolff, from the introduction

Table of Contents

Introduction by Tobias Wolff

Interview 1
Interview 2
Interview 3

Interview 4
Interview 5
Interview 6
Interview 7

Selected Reviews of L’Heureux’s Fiction
Tight White Collar / untitled
Clang Birds / From Celibacy to Commitment
Family Affairs / Priests and Victims
Jessica Fayer / A spare, tidy novel
Desires / Short Stories Strung like Perfect Pearls
A Woman Run Mad / Nothing Recedes like Excess
Comedians / God the Meddler
An Honorable Profession / Alone in the Classroom
The Shrine at Altamira / Sanctified Madness
The Handmaid of Desire / Textual Politics
Having Everything / A Human Exploration
The Miracle / Wonders Never Cease

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