Katherine Dunn





Katherine Dunn


Born
in Garden City, Kansas, The United States
October 24, 1945

Died
May 11, 2016

Genre


Katherine Dunn is best known for her beloved novel "Geek Love," which was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1989. She is also the author of the novels "Attic" (1970) and "Truck" (1971). A fourth novel, entitled "The Cut Man," has been in-progress for decades and was purportedly scheduled for a September 2008 release.

Dunn is also known as a prolific sports journalist in the field of boxing, and has written several articles on the subject.

Average rating: 3.97 · 47,466 ratings · 5,304 reviews · 13 distinct works · Similar authors
Geek Love

3.99 avg rating — 43,576 ratings — published 1989 — 34 editions
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Truck

3.27 avg rating — 382 ratings — published 1971 — 3 editions
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Attic

3.22 avg rating — 188 ratings — published 1970 — 4 editions
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One Ring Circus: Dispatches...

3.95 avg rating — 58 ratings — published 2009 — 5 editions
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Why Do Men Have Nipples? an...

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3.54 avg rating — 37 ratings — published 1990 — 2 editions
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Death Scenes: A Homicide De...

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4.12 avg rating — 811 ratings — published 1996 — 4 editions
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Snee's Pies

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Freaks

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3.96 avg rating — 248 ratings — published 1976 — 8 editions
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The Many Faces of Van Helsing

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3.69 avg rating — 139 ratings — published 2004 — 8 editions
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The Pilo Family Circus

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More books by Katherine Dunn…
“The truth is always an insult or a joke, lies are generally tastier. We love them. The nature of lies is to please. Truth has no concern for anyone's comfort”
Katherine Dunn, Geek Love

“Can you be happy with the movies, and the ads, and the clothes in the stores, and the doctors, and the eyes as you walk down the street all telling you there is something wrong with you? No. You cannot be happy. Because, you poor darling baby, you believe them.”
Katherine Dunn, Geek Love

“They thought to use and shame me but I win out by nature, because a true freak cannot be made. A true freak must be born.”
Katherine Dunn, Geek Love

Polls

August 2015 New School Classic Poll

 
  23 votes, 16.8%

1931, Light in August by William Faulkner, 507 pages
 
  21 votes, 15.3%

 
  19 votes, 13.9%

1982, Schindler'sList by Thomas Keneally, 429 pages
 
  18 votes, 13.1%

1905, The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, 351 pages
 
  13 votes, 9.5%

1931, The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, 418 pages
 
  11 votes, 8.0%

1996, Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt, 432 pages
 
  10 votes, 7.3%

1950, A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute, 359 pages
 
  9 votes, 6.6%

1956, Peyton Place by Grace Metalious, 384 pages
 
  8 votes, 5.8%

1989, Geek Love by Katherine Dunn, 348 pages
 
  5 votes, 3.6%

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