Evan S. Connell





Evan S. Connell


Born
in Kansas City, MO, The United States
September 17, 1924

Died
January 10, 2013

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Evan S. Connell, over the last half century, has published nineteen books of fiction, poetry, and essays, several of which—including the best-sellers Mrs. Bridge and Mr. Bridge, and the erudite, anecdotal, and totally unique nonfiction book Son of the Morning Star—are American classics. I've admired his work for many years, since first reading Diary of a Rapist, and was happy for a chance to interview him for Bookforum. I was told he doesn't, as a matter of principle, use a computer, so e-mail was out of the question; and he would prefer not to be bothered with phone calls from journalists and strangers. So this interview proceeded the old-fashioned way, complete with cordial, almost formal introductory letters: via mail between my home in ...more

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Mrs. Bridge

4.05 avg rating — 2,465 ratings — published 1959 — 27 editions
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Son of the Morning Star: Ge...

4.09 avg rating — 1,913 ratings — published 1984 — 19 editions
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Mr Bridge

3.98 avg rating — 1,047 ratings — published 1969 — 15 editions
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The Diary of a Rapist

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3.51 avg rating — 229 ratings — published 1966 — 6 editions
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Mr. Bridge / Mrs. Bridge

4.08 avg rating — 201 ratings — published 1959 — 10 editions
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Deus Lo Volt!: A Chronicle ...

3.26 avg rating — 191 ratings — published 2000 — 9 editions
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The Aztec Treasure House

4.36 avg rating — 75 ratings — published 2001 — 2 editions
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The Connoisseur

3.51 avg rating — 81 ratings — published 1974 — 3 editions
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A Long Desire

4.41 avg rating — 64 ratings — published 1979 — 3 editions
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The White Lantern

4.42 avg rating — 64 ratings — published 1980 — 4 editions
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More books by Evan S. Connell…
“ She was not certain what she wanted from life, or what to expect from it, for she had seen so little of it, but she was sure that in some way - because she willed it to be so - her wants and her expectations were the same.
For a while after their marriage she was in such demand that it was not unpleasant when he fell asleep. Presently, however, he began sleeping all night, and it was then she awoke more frequently, and looked into the darkness, wondering about the nature of men, doubtful of the future, until at last there came a night when she shook her husband awake and spoke of her own desire. Affably he placed one of his long white arms around her waist; she turned to him then, contentedly, expectantly, and secure. However, nothing else occurred, and in a few minutes he had gone back to sleep.
This was the night Mrs. Bridge concluded that while marriage might be an equitable affair, love itself was not.”
Evan S. Connell, Mrs. Bridge

“Her first name was India-she was never able to get used to it.”
Evan S. Connell, Mrs. Bridge

“He remembered enthusiasm, hope, and a kind of jubilation or exultation. Cheerfulness, yes, and joviality, and the brief gratification of sex. Gladness, too, fullness of heart, appreciation, and many other emotions. But not joy. No, that belonged to simpler minds.”
Evan S. Connell, Mr Bridge

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