John Hawkes





John Hawkes

Author profile


born
in Stamford, Connecticut, The United States
August 17, 1925

died
May 15, 1998

gender
male

website

genre


About this author

John Hawkes, born John Clendennin Talbot Burne Hawkes, Jr., was a postmodern American novelist, known for the intensity of his work, which suspended the traditional constraints of the narrative.
Born in Stamford, Connecticut, and educated at Harvard University, Hawkes taught at Brown University for thirty years. Although he published his first novel, The Cannibal, in 1949, it was The Lime Twig (1961) that first won him acclaim. Later, however, his second novel, The Beetle Leg, an intensely surrealistic western set in a Montana landscape that T. S. Eliot might have conjured, came to be viewed by many critics as one of the landmark novels of 20th Century American literature.
Hawkes died in Providence, Rhode Island.


Average rating: 3.71 · 2,380 ratings · 283 reviews · 39 distinct works · Similar authors
The Lime Twig
by
3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 568 ratings — published 1961 — 7 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Blood Oranges
3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 411 ratings — published 1971 — 13 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Second Skin
by
3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 268 ratings — published 1964 — 8 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Travesty
3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 217 ratings — published 1976 — 4 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Cannibal
3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 195 ratings — published 1949 — 6 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Beetle Leg
3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 177 ratings — published 1951 — 5 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Death, Sleep & the Traveler
3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 119 ratings — published 1974 — 6 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Passion Artist
3.52 of 5 stars 3.52 avg rating — 67 ratings — published 1979 — 4 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Sweet William: A Memoir of ...
3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 51 ratings — published 1993 — 3 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Adventures in the Alaskan S...
3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 53 ratings — published 1985 — 8 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by John Hawkes…
“I began to write fiction on the assumption that the true enemies of the novel were plot, character, setting and theme, and having once abandoned these familiar ways of thinking about fiction, totality of vision or structure was really all that remained.”
John Hawkes

“Need I insist that the only enemy of the mature marriage is monogamy? That anything less than sexual multiplicity...is naive? That our sexual selves are merely idylers in a vast wood?”
John Hawkes, The Blood Oranges

“I began to write fiction on the assumption that the true enemies of the novel were plot, character, setting and theme.”
John Hawkes

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
flight paths: August 1-15 9 7 Aug 13, 2012 10:16PM  
The Next Best Boo...: This topic has been closed to new comments. The Title Game 20574 13603 May 30, 2013 12:53PM  
Reading with Style: Author Chains 49 91 Aug 02, 2014 03:03PM  
The Seasonal Read...: This topic has been closed to new comments. Completed Tasks: Do Not Delete Posts 2695 467 Aug 31, 2014 08:59PM  
Reading with Style: This topic has been closed to new comments. RwS Completed Tasks - Summer 2014 1235 109 Aug 31, 2014 09:03PM