Hortense Calisher





Hortense Calisher

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born
in New York, New York, The United States
December 20, 1911

died
January 13, 2009

gender
female

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Hortense Calisher was an American writer of fiction.

Calisher involved her closely investigated, penetrating characters in complicated plotlines that unfold with shocks and surprises in allusive, nuanced language with a distinctively elegiac voice, sometimes compared with Eudora Welty, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and Henry James. Critics generally considered Calisher a type of neo-realist and often both condemned and praised for her extensive explorations of characters and their social worlds. She was definitely at odds with the prevailing writing style of minimalism that characterized fiction writing in the 1970s and 1980s and that emphasized a sparse, non-romantic style with no room for expressionism or romanticism. As an anti-minimalist
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Average rating: 3.73 · 808 ratings · 106 reviews · 37 distinct works · Similar authors
Sunday Jews
2.19 of 5 stars 2.19 avg rating — 37 ratings — published 2002 — 3 editions
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The Novellas of Hortense Ca...
4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 1997
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The New Yorkers
3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 1969 — 6 editions
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The Collected Stories Of Ho...
3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 1975 — 7 editions
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Tattoo for a Slave
2.33 of 5 stars 2.33 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 2004 — 3 editions
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Bobby Soxer
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 1986 — 5 editions
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Queenie, a Novel
3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 1982 — 5 editions
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Age
4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 1987 — 8 editions
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Herself, An Autobiographica...
3.0 of 5 stars 3.00 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 1972 — 5 editions
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Journal from Ellipsia: A Novel
5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 2013 — 4 editions
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“This is my answer to the gap between ideas and action - I will write it out.”
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