Ward Just





Ward Just

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in Michigan City, IN, The United States
September 05, 1935

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Ward Just (born 1935) is an American writer. He is the author of 15 novels and numerous short stories.

Ward Just graduated from Cranbrook School in 1953. He briefly attended Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He started his career as a print journalist for the Waukegan (Illinois) News-Sun. He was also a correspondent for Newsweek and The Washington Post from 1959 to 1969, after which he left journalism to write fiction.

His influences include Henry James and Ernest Hemingway. His novel An Unfinished Season was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2005. His novel Echo House was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1997. He has twice been a finalist for the O. Henry Award: in 1985 for his short story About Boston, and ag
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An Unfinished Season
3.44 of 5 stars 3.44 avg rating — 624 ratings — published 2004 — 15 editions
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Forgetfulness
3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 377 ratings — published 2006 — 6 editions
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Echo House
3.48 of 5 stars 3.48 avg rating — 262 ratings — published 1997 — 5 editions
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American Romantic
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Rodin's Debutante
3.11 of 5 stars 3.11 avg rating — 233 ratings — published 2011 — 5 editions
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Exiles in the Garden
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A Dangerous Friend
3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 166 ratings — published 1999 — 7 editions
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The Weather in Berlin
3.41 of 5 stars 3.41 avg rating — 81 ratings — published 2002 — 13 editions
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Jack Gance
3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 62 ratings — published 1988 — 3 editions
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The Translator
3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 54 ratings — published 1991 — 4 editions
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“What brings us anywhere? You take one turn instead of another, you meet one woman instead of another, you have good health or you don't, luck vies with misfortune, you break down and arrive at Bellevue in your bathrobe on a Saturday morning or - what was his father's antique phrase - you pulled up your socks and got on with things. Your heart adapted to changing times. Your body did. Or it did not and you passed your days in a muffler of regret. And that was what they called intelligent design.”
Ward Just, Forgetfulness

“You think such an attitude is admirable. Manly, heroic even. 'Lived harmlessly.' 'Kept to himself.' Hide away somewhere and your past will cease to exist. You won't have to account for it. You'll feel no obligation to explain your actions or justify them because you've gone away and you expect your victims to go away too. It's like leaving the scene of an accident . . . Or a marriage. Even a field of battle.”
Ward Just, Forgetfulness

“...it was easy to forget that Washington was just another glum city of government, like Albany or Sacramento, legislators and lobbyists and bureaucrats and their clerks working and reworking the sodden language of government in order to distribute the spoils.”
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