Jane Smiley

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Jane Smiley is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist.

Born in Los Angeles, California, Smiley grew up in Webster Groves, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, and graduated from John Burroughs School. She obtained a A.B. at Vassar College, then earned a M.F.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. While working towards her doctorate, she also spent a year studying in Iceland as a Fulbright Scholar. From 1981 to 1996, she taught at Iowa State University. Smiley published her first novel, Barn Blind, in 1980, and won a 1985 O. Henry Award for her short story "Lily", which was published in The Atlantic Monthly. Her best-selling A Thousand Acres, a story based on William Shakespeare's King Lear, received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1992.

LETTERS TO THE FUTURE: I Didn't Try to Save You as Hard as My Opponents Tried to Destroy You

When I was alive, I thought I was trying to save you, but I didn't try hard enough, or at least, I didn't try to save you as hard as my opponents tried to destroy you. I don't know why they did that. I could never figure that out.
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A Thousand Acres

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Early Warning (Last Hundred...

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Horse Heaven

3.88 avg rating — 4,747 ratings — published 1999 — 36 editions
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The Sagas of Icelanders

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Private Life

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The Greenlanders

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3.56 avg rating — 2,257 ratings — published 1991 — 28 editions
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“Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.”
Jane Smiley, Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel

“A child who is protected from all controversial ideas is as vulnerable as a child who is protected from every germ. The infection, when it comes- and it will come- may overwhelm the system, be it the immune system or the belief system.”
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“But what truly horsey girls discover in the end is that boyfriends, husbands, children, and careers are the substitute-for horses”
Jane Smiley, A Year at the Races: Reflections on Horses, Humans, Love, Money, and Luck



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