Alice Adams: Portrait of a Writer

Carol Sklenicka (Author)

Product Details

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Scribner Book Company
Publish Date
December 08, 2020
5.6 X 8.0 X 1.5 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Carol Sklenicka is the author of Raymond Carver: A Writer's Life, which was named of one of the 10 Best Books of 2009 by The New York Times Book Review, and Alice Adams: Portrait of a Writer. She lives with poet and novelist R.M. Ryan in northern California.


"Pervasive deep research informs this inspiring story of a writer who demonstrably earned such a sturdy, illuminating biography." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"After a long apprenticeship, hampered by supporting her husband's own writing career before their 1958 divorce, Adams found an audience in the 1970s that was newly avid for her core concern: female-centric depictions of love and sex...Sklenicka's well-researched biography...easily evokes the spirit of Adams's life, times, and works." --Publishers Weekly
"Those who love the novels and short stories, which trace women's lives beginning in 1930s America as they celebrate, grieve, and grow with the century, will be startled and delighted to see where the life and the fiction converge. [This] biography often reads like an Adams novel blessedly slowed down to allow the reader to soak for a moment in the atmospheres of a Chapel Hill childhood, Radcliffe College, Paris, and 1960s San Francisco." --Booklist
"In her empathetic, revealing and brisk new biography, Carol Sklenicka frames Adams' life and work within themes of escape, redemption and persistence... [She] deftly deploys quoted bits to illustrate how the life and work are so intricately intertwined. The art of literary biography -- Sklenicka previously explored Raymond Carver -- thus resembles an enormous, three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle... Adams' footprint has faded. Sklenicka's portrait may well encourage new readers and justifiably revive her reputation." --The Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Drawing on extensive original sources, Carol Sklenicka gives us the first full-length popular biography of brilliant novelist and short story writer Alice Adams. For decades, Adams rendered believably three-dimensional female characters in beautiful, cut-glass prose in venues like The New Yorker." --Christian Science Monitor, Best Books of December
"Alice Adams is a perceptive, elegantly written biography that will broaden her renown and readership." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Carol Sklenicka is a lucid, scrupulous writer... [who] is prudent and appreciative in her assessment of Adams's work."--Blake Bailey, The New York Times Book Review

"Sklenicka is clearly a skilled biographer. Her writing is engaging yet simple and lacks the pretense and gentility Adams seemingly would have hated. No detail, story, or analysis feels unnecessary, an accomplishment for a work totaling more than 500 pages." --Chicago Review of Books