Monday, January 02, 2006

Annie Proulx--Internet Resources

As you might expect, a Google search returns many Annie Proulx links. Here is a list of links with interesting or unique content, with the "write my book report for me" and university plagiarism services removed.

  • Author Annie Proulx's official homepage. This site seems to be updated a few times a year. Ms. Proulx offers some very interesting essays here, on a wide assortment of topics. This is worth a visit.
  • New York Times' collection of articles and reviews. (Free but annoying registration required.) These go back to the early 1990's. While none of them are new, most of them are quite interesting. Try Inspiration? Head Down the Back Road, and Stop for the Yard Sales for a starter.
  • Wikipedia entry on Annie Proulx. Look here for your basic biographical information.
  • The Literary Encyclopedia on Annie Proulx. This article, by Aliki Varvogli, of the University of Dundee, goes beyond the Wikipedia bio for a brief discussion of Proulx's writings. However, the encyclopedia entries on her individual books require a paid membership. While I'm intrigued by the resources The Literary Encyclopedia offers, I'm not ready to sign up, reasonably priced as their subscription rates appear.
  • Annie Proulx's Musicology by Graeme Smith, September, 1996. Why an accordion? Mr. Smith has some ideas. Here's his abstract:
    The central protagonist of Annie Proulx's Great American Novel, Accordion Crimes, is a diatonic button accordion. In 1891, a Sicilian accordion player and maker meticulously puts together his master piece and, full of hope of musical fortune, takes the instrument with him to America. Over the next hundred years the instrument is owned by Texas Mexicans, Maine and Quebecois and Cajun French, Chicago Poles, Midwestern Germans and Irish. Eventually, the accordion disintegrates, perhaps a symbol of the disappearance of the working class subcultures in which it was played.
    I don't think I've ever run across the phrase "Great American Novel" used without irony. What do you suppose he means by it?
  • Missouri Review interview with Ms. Proulx (1999) Proulx discusses her writing at length in this interview. I found her views on fiction and history particularly insightful.

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