Ronald Sukenick


Born
in Brooklyn, The United States
July 14, 1932

Died
July 22, 2004


Ronald Sukenick was an American writer and literary theorist.

Sukenick studied at Cornell University, and wrote his doctoral thesis on Wallace Stevens, at Brandeis University.

After Roland Barthes announced the "death of the author", Sukenick carried the metaphor even further in "the death of the novel". He drew up a list of what is missing: reality doesn't exist, nor time or personality. He was widely recognized as a controversial writer who, frequently humorously, questioned and rejected the conventions of traditional fiction-writing. In novels, short stories, literary criticism and history, he often used himself, family members or friends as characters, sometimes quoting them in tape-recorded conversations. He did stints as writer in resid
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Average rating: 3.73 · 374 ratings · 70 reviews · 22 distinct works
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3.69 avg rating — 55 ratings — published 1968 — 2 editions
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3.78 avg rating — 40 ratings — published 1975 — 2 editions
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The Death of the Novel and ...

4.06 avg rating — 33 ratings — published 1969 — 3 editions
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Mosaic Man

3.78 avg rating — 18 ratings — published 1999
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Endless Short Story

3.79 avg rating — 19 ratings — published 1986 — 2 editions
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Doggy Bag

3.25 avg rating — 20 ratings — published 1994
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Down and in: Life in the Un...

3.90 avg rating — 20 ratings — published 1987 — 2 editions
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Out

3.80 avg rating — 25 ratings — published 1973 — 4 editions
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Long Talking Bad Conditions...

3.78 avg rating — 18 ratings — published 1979 — 2 editions
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Narralogues: Truth in Fiction

4.30 avg rating — 10 ratings — published 2000 — 2 editions
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More books by Ronald Sukenick…
“Understanding requires a release from understanding.”
Ronald Sukenick

“I want to write a book like a cloud that changes as it goes.”
Ronald Sukenick, Out

“Use your imagination," I tell my students these days, "or someone else is going to use it for you.”
Ronald Sukenick, Down and in: Life in the Underground

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