Lydia Davis is a consummate translator and one of the foremost contemporary short and short-short story writers; her influence within the short-short story medium seems immeasurable, as nearly every literary magazine pumps out 250-word story after 250-word story, each attempting – but few, if any,
Ben Jonson may be the most famous person to use the shortened version of his given name professionally. It is for hackneyed notes and anecdotes like these that the playwright, poet, and actor is now primarily known.
Evidently, it is really difficult to be a dramatist and poet if you lived
Alexander Pope now seems, like John Donne, one of the more modern – that is to say, imprecisely: human – of 18th-century poets: his writings are inflected with the stuff of his life, his preoccupations and surroundings, physical and intellectual; his life as he lived and considered it is evident
Amy Hempel is an American short story and essay writer. She is known for her sentence-level precision and her minimal style.
Hemple published Reasons to Live, her first short story collection, in 1985 and was awarded the Commonwealth Club of California Silver Medal. At the Gates of the Animal King