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Gordon Jay Lish (born February 11, 1934 in Hewlett, New York) is an American writer. As a literary editor, he championed many American authors, particularly Raymond Carver and Richard Ford. Image File history File links ArcadeLish. ... February 11 is the 42nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... See also: 1933 in literature, other events of 1934, 1935 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Hewlett is a census-designated place located in Nassau County, New York. ... The term writer can apply to anyone who creates a written work, but the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... Raymond Carver Raymond Clevie Carver, Jr. ... Richard Ford (born February 16, 1944) is an American novelist and short story writer. ...

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Early life

Gordon graduated from Phillips Academy in 1952. Later, in 1959, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in English with honors from the University of Arizona[citation needed], where he met his first wife, Loretta Frances Fokes Lish. They married in November 1956 and together had 3 children. Lish and Loretta divorced in 1969, and that same year he married Barbara Works Lish and together they later had a son in 1971. Phillips Academy (also known as Andover, Phillips Andover, or simply P.A.) is a co-educational University preparatory school for boarding and day students in grades 9-12. ... The University of Arizona (UA or U of A) is a land-grant and space-grant public institution of higher education and research located in Tucson, Arizona, United States. ...


Following Lish's graduation, the family moved to San Francisco; here Lish had a year of graduate study at San Francisco State College in 1960. In Early 1961, Candido Santogrossi and Lish founded a new Pacific Coast avant garde literary, The Chrysalis Review. This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... San Francisco State University is a branch of the California State University system. ...


Editing

As Founder and Editor of Genesis West

Later, the Lish family moved to Burlingame, California, where Lish and his wife founded the avant-garde literary magazine Genesis West, which ran between 1961 and 1965. Genesis West was published in seven volumes by the Chrysalis West Foundation. Burlingame Library Burlingame is a city located in San Mateo County, California. ...


In 1963, Lish became director of linguistic studies at Behavioral Research Laboratories in Menlo Park, California and produced various books. Menlo Park is a city in San Mateo County, California in the United States of America. ...


Editor at Esquire Magazine

Lish and his wife moved to New York City, where Lish served as the fiction editor at Esquire between 1969 & 1976; here he became known as "Captain Fiction" for the number of authors whose careers he assisted.[citation needed] Lish published numerous Carver stories in Esquire, and championed the work of Richard Ford; he also promoted the work of such writers as Cynthia Ozick, Reynolds Price, T. Coraghessan Boyle, and Barry Hannah. Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham, NYC Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1613  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... George Lois cover design for Esquire (May 1969) Esquire is a magazine for men owned by the Hearst Corporation. ... Richard Ford (born February 16, 1944) is an American novelist and short story writer. ... Cynthia Ozick (b. ... Reynolds Price Reynolds Price (born February 1, 1933, as Edward Reynolds Price) is a U.S. novelist, poet, dramatist, essayist and James B. Duke Professor of English at Duke University. ... T. Coraghessan Boyle (also known as T.C. Boyle, born Thomas John Boyle on December 2, 1948) is a U.S. novelist and short story writer. ... Barry Hannah, author of novels and short stories, was born in 1942 in Clinton, Mississippi. ...


Whilst at Esquire, Lish edited the collections The Secret Life of Our Times and All Our Secrets Are the Same, which contained pieces by a number of prominent authors, from Vladimir Nabokov to Milan Kundera. Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (Russian: Влади́мир Влади́мирович Набо́ков, pronounced ) (April 22, 1899 [O.S. April 10], Saint Petersburg – July 2, 1977, Montreux) was a Russian-American author. ... Milan Kundera (IPA: ) (born April 1, 1929 in Brno, Czechoslovakia) is a Czech-born writer who writes in both Czech and French. ...


In February 1977, Esquire published, "For Rupert - with no promises" as an unsigned work of fiction: this was the first time it had published a work without identifying the author. Readers speculated that it was the work of J. D. Salinger, but it was in fact a clever parody by Lish, who is quoted as saying, "I tried to borrow Salinger's voice and the psychological circumstances of his life, as I imagine them to be now. And I tried to use those things to elaborate on certain circumstances and events in his fiction to deepen them and add complexity." The Wall Street Journal 2/25/1977 Jerome David Salinger (born January 1, 1919) is an American author best known for The Catcher in the Rye, a classic novel that has enjoyed enduring popularity since its publication in 1951. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) is an influential international daily newspaper published in New York City, New York with a worldwide average daily circulation of more than 2. ...


Editor at Alfred A. Knopf

Lish left Esquire in 1977 to become a senior editor with the publishing firm of Alfred A. Knopf; he remained here until 1995 and continued to champion new fiction, publishing works by Cynthia Ozick, David Leavitt, Amy Hempel, Noy Holland, Lynne Tillman, William Ferguson, Barry Hannah, Harold Brodkey, and Joy Williams. A number of books by Lish's friends (notably Don DeLillo) have been dedicated to his son Atticus. Colophon of the publisher Alfred A. Knopf. ... Cynthia Ozick (b. ... David Leavitt is a writer. ... Amy Hempel (born December 14, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois, USA) is a short story writer, journalist and university professor at Bennington College living in New York. ... Noy Holland is an American writer and National Book Award nominee. ... Lynne Tillman is a novelist and cultural critic. ... ... Barry Hannah, author of novels and short stories, was born in 1942 in Clinton, Mississippi. ... Harold Brodkey (October 25, 1930 – January 26, 1996) was an American author. ... Joy Elizabeth Williams is a Christian music singer and songwriter who lives in California. ... Don DeLillo (born November 20, 1936) is an American author best known for his novels, which paint detailed portraits of American life in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. ...


Lish also continued teaching creative writing, inspiring writers including Amy Hempel (who dedicated her collection Reasons to Live to him). Amy Hempel (born December 14, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois, USA) is a short story writer, journalist and university professor at Bennington College living in New York. ...


During his time at Knopf, Lish published several volumes of his own fiction:

  • Dear Mr. Capote, his first novel.
  • What I know so far, a hardback of short stories, was published in 1984 and included "For Rupert - with no promises."
  • Peru, was published in 1986.

In 1987, Lish founded and edited the avant garde literary magazine, The Quarterly, which showcases the works of contemporary authors. Six volumes were published by the summer of 1988, and such authors as Jane Smiley, Mark Richard, and Jennifer Allen. By the time the Quarterly ended in 1995, it had published 31 volumes. Jane Smiley (born September 26, 1949) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist. ... Mark Richard is American Short story writer and poet. ... Jennifer Allen is an American author, commentator, and daughter of football coach George Allen. ...


Lish continued to write fiction, including Mourner at the door in 1988, Extravaganza in 1989, My Romance in 1991, and Zimzum in 1993.


For the June 1991 issue of Vanity Fair, James Wolcott wrote a profile on Gordon Lish and Don DeLillo called "The Sunshine Boys." Title-page to Vanity Fair, drawn by Thackeray, who furnished the illustrations for many of his earlier editions Vanity Fair: A Novel without a Hero is a novel by William Makepeace Thackeray that satirizes society in early 19th-century England. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Don DeLillo (born November 20, 1936) is an American author best known for his novels, which paint detailed portraits of American life in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. ...


He was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1994; that same year, his wife Barbara died. Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded annually by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to those who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. ...


Recent Years

On Aug. 9, 1998, "The New York Times Magazine" published an article by D.T. Max about claims that the late Raymond Carver's early short stories were more or less ghost-written Lish, his editor. The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... Raymond Carver Raymond Clevie Carver, Jr. ...


Lish continued to write for a decade after leaving Knopf.Mewlhouse 01:45, 29 January 2007 (UTC) Lish has placed all his papers and manuscripts at the Lilly Library of Indiana University. Indiana University, founded in 1820, is a nine-campus university system in the state of Indiana. ...


Lish was named one of the 200 major writers of our time by the French periodical Le Nouvel Observateur. Le Nouvel Observateur (often shorten to Le Nouvel Obs) is a weekly French newsmagazine. ...


As a Teacher

In addition to his career in literary publishing, Lish has conducted writing seminars in New York City and served as a lecturer at Yale University, New York University and Columbia University. He himself graduated from the Gotham Writers Workshop. Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham, NYC Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1613  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... Yale redirects here. ... New York University (NYU) is a major research university in New York City. ... Columbia University is a private research university whose main campus lies in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of the Borough of Manhattan in New York City. ...


Don DeLillo acknowledged Lish's influence as a teacher in dedicating his book Mao II to him. Don DeLillo (born November 20, 1936) is an American author best known for his novels, which paint detailed portraits of American life in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. ... Mao II, published in 1991, is Don DeLillos tenth novel. ...


He retired from teaching fiction writing in 1997


He is an honorary doctor of letters from State University of New York from 1994. The State University of New York, abbreviated SUNY (IPA pronunciation: ) is a system of public institutions of higher education in New York, United States. ...


He also taught English and Literature at Mills High School, Millbrae, CA in the very early '60s


Select English Bibliography

  • A Man's Work, New York : McGraw-Hill, (1967), OCLC 5855822
  • All Our Secrets are The Same, New York : Norton, (1976), ISBN 0393087484 LCCN 76040486 OCLC 2425115
  • Arcade, or, How to write a novel, New York : Four Walls Eight Windows, (1998), ISBN 1-56858-115-7 LCCN 98026693
  • Dear Mr. Capote, New York : C. Scribner’s Sons, (1986), ISBN 0-684-18675-6 LCCN 85026276
  • English Grammar, Palo Alto, Ca.: Behavioral Research Laboratories, (1964) OCLC 11328343
  • Epigraph, New York : Four Walls Eight Windows, (1996), ISBN 1-56858-076-2 LCCN 96019753
  • Extravaganza, New York : Putnam, (1989), ISBN 0-399-13417-4 LCCN 88028146 OCLC 18463582
  • Krupp’s Lulu, New York : Four Walls Eight Windows, (2000), ISBN 1-56858-154-8 LCCN 99086329 OCLC 43324258
  • Mourner at the door, New York : Penguin Books, (1988), ISBN 0-140-10680-4 LCCN 88031663
  • My Romance, New York : Norton, (1991), ISBN 0-393-03001-6 LCCN 90024142 OCLC 22766592
  • New Sounds in American Fiction, Menlo Park : Cummings Pub. Co. (1969), LCCN 68058434 OCLC 4102981
  • Peru, New York : E.P. Dutton, (1986), ISBN 0-525-24375-5 LCCN 85013015 OCLC 12216053
  • Self-imitation of Myself, New York : Four Walls Eight Windows, (1997), ISBN 1-56858-098-3 LCCN 97013200 OCLC 36713172
  • The Secret Life of Our Times, Garden City : Doubleday, (1973), ISBN 0-385-06215-X LCCN 73080734 OCLC 754648
  • The Selected Stories of Gordon Lish, Toronto : Somerville House Pub., (1996), ISBN 1-895897-74-2 OCLC 35927592
  • What I know so far, New York : Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, (1984), ISBN 0-03-070609-2 LCCN 83012980 OCLC 9830715
  • Why Work, Palo Alto, Ca.: Behavioral Research Laboratories, (1966), OCLC 62726395
  • Zimzum, New York : Pantheon, (1993), ISBN 0-679-42685-X LCCN 93003360 OCLC 27769736

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