The Necessary Lie

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  1. Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.John Edward Williams was born on August 29, 1922, in Clarksville, Texas, near the Red River east of Paris, Texas and brought up in Texas His grandparents were farmers his stepfather was a janitor in a post office After flunking out of junior college and holding various positions with newspapers and radio stations in the Southwest, Williams enlisted in the USAAF early in 1942, spending two and a halfa years as a sergeant in India and Burma Several years after the war, Williams enrolled in the University of Denver, where he received his B.A in 1949 and an M.A in 1950 During this period, his first novel, Nothing But the Night, was published 1948 , and his first volume of poems, The Broken Landscape, appeared the following year In the fall of 1950, Williams went to the University of Missouri, where he taught and received a Ph.D in 1954 In the fall of 1955, Williams took over the directorship of the creative writing program at the University of Denver, where he taught for than 30 years Williams s second novel, Butcher s Crossing, was published by Macmillan in 1960, followed by English Renaissance Poetry, an anthology published in 1963 by Doubleday which he edited and for which he wrote the introduction His second book of poems, The Necessary Lie, appeared in 1965 and was published by Verb Publications In 1965 he became editor of University of Denver Quarterly later Denver Quarterly until 1970 In 1965, Williams s third novel, Stoner, was published by Viking Press It has been recently been re issued by The New York Review of Books His fourth novel, Augustus, was published by Viking Press in 1973 and won the prestigious National Book Award in 1973 and remains in print.The critic Morris Dickstein has noted that, while Butcher s Crossing, Stoner, and Augustus are strikingly different in subject, they show a similar narrative arc a young man s initiation, vicious male rivalries, subtler tensions between men and women, fathers and daughters, and finally a bleak sense of disappointment, even futility Dickstein called Stoner, in particular, something rarer than a great novel it is a perfect novel, so well told and beautifully written, so deeply moving, it takes your breath away After retiring from the University of Denver in 1986, Williams moved with his wife, Nancy, to Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he resided until he died of respiratory failure on March 3, 1994 A fifth novel, The Sleep of Reason, was left unfinished at the time of his death.

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