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Stephen Dixon

Stephen Dixon was born in 1936 in New York City. He graduated from the City College of New York in 1958 and is a retired faculty member of Johns Hopkins University. He is also a two time National Book Award nominee — for his novels Frog and Interstate — and his work has been selected for 4 O. Henry Prizes, 2 Best American selections, 3 Pushcart Prizes, one Best Stories of the South, 2 stories in the Norton Anthology of American Literature, and possibly more he's too modest to list. He still hammers out his fiction on a vintage typewriter.

"Stephen Dixon is one of the great secret masters — too secret. I return again and again to his stories for writerly inspiration, moral support and comic relief at moments of personal misery, and, several times, in a spirit of outright plagiaristic necessity: borrowing a jumpstart from a few lines of Dixon has been a real problem-solver in my own short fiction. Please read him, you." – Jonathan Lethem

“Dixon is one of the few writers whose new work I will put everything aside to read, which is to say he is in the company of Alice Munro, Lorrie Moore, and Lydia Davis…. Put aside whatever you’re reading, and read him.” – J. Robert Lennon

“Startling candor, humor, and concern; every utterance promptly qualified; rigorous narrative economy combined with near-manic obsessiveness. Embrace [Dixon] and you will be held by a princely storyteller.“ – John Barth

“There is no better chronicler of our antic and anxious age than Stephen Dixon.” –Daniel Handler

“Dixon’s stories, strengthened by their unity, almost have a novel’s ability to develop character, to suggest a life outside the confines of the plot.” – Boston Globe

“Mr. Dixon wields a stubbornly plain-spoken style; he loves all sorts of tricky narrative effects. And he loves even more the tribulations of the fantasizing mind, ticklish in their comedy, alarming in their immediacy.” – The New York Times

“Some writers are able, in a mere 200 pages or so, to rewire your circuitry in a way that makes you unfit for your own life. Stephen Dixon is such a writer, and he can do it in a short story as well.” – Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times

"Stephen Dixon tends to get labeled as a writer's writer... and many critics seem to believe that Dixon's uncommon fiction, with its digressions from narrative norms, appeals mostly to fellow scribes. But Dixon, who taught writing at Hopkins for years, is actually a reader's writer in that his work piques curiosity and then explores various emotions and responses to satisfy it." – John Lewis, Baltimore magazine

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His Wife Leaves Him

Stephen Dixon One of America’s great literary treasures has completed his first novel in five years — a long, intimate exploration of the interior life of a husband who has lost his wife.  Product Details...

What Is All This? Uncollected Stories [Softcover Ed.]

Stephen Dixon We are proud to present this incredible volume compiling 40 years of previously uncollected short stories from one of America's most acclaimed authors. Dixon’s finely chiseled sentences cut to the quick of people’s lives.  Product Details...

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