Padgett Powell





Padgett Powell

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Padgett Powell is the author of four novels, including Edisto, which was nominated for the National Book Award. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, The Paris Review, Esquire, and other publications, as well as in the anthologies Best American Short Stories and Best American Sports Writing. He lives in Gainesville, Florida, where he teaches writing at MFA@FLA, the writing program of the University of Florida.


Average rating: 3.78 · 2,837 ratings · 507 reviews · 21 distinct works · Similar authors
The Interrogative Mood
3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 831 ratings — published 2009 — 12 editions
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Edisto
3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 549 ratings — published 1984 — 16 editions
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You & Me: A Novel
3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 269 ratings — published 2011 — 10 editions
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Typical: Stories
3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 128 ratings — published 1991 — 11 editions
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Edisto Revisited
3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 96 ratings — published 1996 — 10 editions
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Aliens of Affection: Stories
3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 108 ratings — published 1998 — 10 editions
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A Woman Named Drown
3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 64 ratings — published 1987 — 9 editions
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Mrs. Hollingsworth's Men
3.52 of 5 stars 3.52 avg rating — 58 ratings — published 2000 — 3 editions
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5 Stories and a Piece of Yo...
3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
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The Imperative Mood
3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 9 ratings2 editions
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“If the observation were made to you that "Strangers become intimate, and as intimacy grows they lower their guards and less mind their manners until errors are made, which decreases intimacy until estrangement exceeds that which existed before the strangers ever met," would you be inclined to agree?”
Padgett Powell, The Interrogative Mood

“Life is a sandwich of activity between two periods of bed-wetting,”
Padgett Powell, The Interrogative Mood

“The main thing is: Don't take any shit.
That's the main thing.
The unmain thing is: You are not going to figure anything out except how to get other people to take shit, so forget about everything except not taking any yourself.”
Padgett Powell, Typical: Stories

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