Books by Mississippi Writers 1996-2010
By William Goyen; Edited by Brooke Horvath, Irving Malin, and Paul Ruffin University of Texas Press (Hardcover, $37.50, ISBN: 0292731167, 1/1997) William Goyen was known as a "writer's writer," one of those whose skill endeared him to a small but appreciative audience. He was a Texan who wrote short stories and novels, perhaps most notably The House of Breath. In this collection of more than 20 essays, such fans as Madison Smartt Bell, James Merrill, Ned Rorem, and Joyce Carol Oates offer critical essays about Goyen's work and personal tributes to him as a man. The testimonials are often moving, and do much to encourage serious readers to investigate Goyen's body of work.