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Dobyns, Stephen 1941-

Overview
Works: 128 works in 621 publications in 11 languages and 27,092 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Thrillers (Fiction)  Detective and mystery fiction  Western films  Drama  Short stories  Humorous fiction  Poetry  Black humor 
Roles: Author, Signer, Interviewee, Author of introduction
Classifications: PS3554.O2, 813.54
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The church of dead girls : a novel by Stephen Dobyns( Book )

65 editions published between 1997 and 2015 in 9 languages and held by 1,667 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As panic mounts when three young girls disappear one by one and citizens take the law into their own hands, old rumors, angers, and hungers come to the surface to reveal the secret history of the town and the dark impulses of its residents
The house on Alexandrine by Stephen Dobyns( )

7 editions published in 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The burn palace by Stephen Dobyns( Book )

21 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sleepy community of Brewster, Rhode Island, is just like any other small American town. It's a place where most of the population will likely die blocks from where they were born ; where gossip spreads like wildfire, and the big entertainment on weekends is the inevitable fight at the local bar. But recently, something out of the ordinary--perhaps even supernatural--has been stirring in Brewster. While packs of coyotes gather on back roads and the news spreads that a baby has been stolen from Memorial Hospital (and replaced in its bassinet by a snake), a series of inexplicably violent acts begins to confound Detective Woody Potter and the local police--and inspire terror in the hearts and minds of the locals.--Publisher's description
Boy in the water : a novel by Stephen Dobyns( Book )

48 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 1,248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After his wife and daughter die in a fire, set by a jealous student, Jim Hawthorne takes a job as headmaster of a New England prep school. But escaping his past is not easy and here too murder comes his way
Is Fat Bob dead yet? : a novel by Stephen Dobyns( Book )

12 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Witnessing a gruesome motorcycle accident in the seaport city of New London, Connecticut, newcomer Connor Raposo sees a strangely familiar man with an Elvis haircut at the scene and is embroiled in a small-time con operation
Next word, better word : the craft of writing poetry by Stephen Dobyns( Book )

6 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 839 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This writer's guide provides a helpful framework for creating poetry and navigates contemporary concerns and practices. The author, also author of the classic book on the beauty of poetry, Best Words, Best Order, moves into new terrain in this book. Bringing years of experience to bear on issues such as subject matter, the mechanics of poetry, and the revision process, he explores the complex relationship between writers and their work. From Philip Larkin to Pablo Neruda to William Butler Yeats, every chapter reveals lessons in these renowned poets' work. This work demystifies a subtle art form and shows writers how to overcome obstacles in the creative process.-- Provided by publisher
Best words, best order : essays on poetry by Stephen Dobyns( Book )

8 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in English and held by 817 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Best Words, Best Order, Stephen Dobyns explains the mystery of the poet's work and the ability of poetry to communicate thoughts and feelings between the writer and the reader. Through essays on memory and metaphor, pacing and the intricacies of voice and tone, and thoughtful appreciations of Chekhov, Ritsos, Mandelstam, and Rilke, Dobyns guides readers and writers through poetry's mysterious twilight communiques. Dobyns, a poet and teacher, has the rare ability to speak to readers about his art
Saratoga snapper by Stephen Dobyns( Book )

11 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in English and held by 782 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The two deaths of Señora Puccini by Stephen Dobyns( Book )

25 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 653 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a war-torn Latin American capital, a group of old friends gather at the home of Dr. Daniel Pacheco for their semiannual reunion. Kept prisoners by an emergency curfew, they wander into revelations of brutality and deception. The evening's centerpiece is the host's gradual disclosure of his obsession with Señora Puccini, whom he met as a young socialite. Now his housekeeper and sexual slave, she quietly serves dinner as Pacheco details the limitless debasement he has forced on them both so that he can possess her physically, though she vows never to love him. The violence in the streets serves as counterpoint to the emotional violence of these refined, prominent men. A dark, existential thriller by the author of the Charlie Bradshaw mysteries." Library Journal
Saratoga hexameter by Stephen Dobyns( Book )

9 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in English and held by 591 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Best American short stories, 1999 : selected from U.S. and Canadian magazines by Amy Tan( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 585 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume's series editor selects notable works from hundreds of periodicals. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected, and most popular, of its kind
Eating naked : stories by Stephen Dobyns( Book )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 581 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The sixteen stories in Eating Naked range from surreal to poignant, from chilling to comic. At the center of them all are men and women challenged by their own uncontrollable, illogical natures: poets with free-floating guilt, spouses with unacceptable sexual compulsions, farmers with midlife crises, gas men with erratic timetables. Marriages unravel, well-laid plans dissolve, and placid lives are turned upside down by something unforeseen - be it as mundane as a chance conversation, as inevitable as death, as improbable as a murderous pig."--Jacket
Saratoga strongbox : a Charlie Bradshaw mystery by Stephen Dobyns( Book )

13 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comic mystery featuring PI Charlie Bradshaw and his sidekick Vic Plotz, hired to collect a mystery box from Montreal. Sounds an easy way to earn two grand, in fact a Pandora's Box of troubles
Saratoga payback by Stephen Dobyns( Book )

7 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The latest installment in Stephen Dobyns's Charlie Bradshaw mysteries, Saratoga Payback follows the latest exploits of Saratoga Springs' most unusual and sardonic detective. Ever since the cops revoked his private investigator's license, Charlie Bradshaw has been adjusting to life as a regular senior citizen. But reading, sitting around the house, and making amateur home repairs is a far cry from his past life as Saratoga Springs' most successful everyman detective. So when Charlie discovers the sprawled corpse of Saratoga Springs' biggest nuisance on his sidewalk, the ex-P.I. is torn. Should he risk asking questions of his own, knowing he could easily be prosecuted for doing P.I. work without a license? Or should he avoid the trouble and spend his twilight years in peace? Well, the case was practically delivered to his doorstep ... Saratoga Payback, the latest installment in Stephen Dobyns's critically praised Charlie Bradshaw Mysteries, follows Charlie as he toes the line between concerned private citizen and practiced private eye. As he begins to look into the murder of the town pest, Charlie also finds himself entangled in problem that is purely Saratogian--a mission to rescue an old acquaintance's kidnapped horse. Wry, entertaining, and adroitly written, Saratoga Payback is an immensely satisfying addition to Dobyns's popular mystery series"--
The wrestler's cruel study : a novel by Stephen Dobyns( Book )

10 editions published between 1993 and 2015 in English and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It's after midnight. Two gorillas are descending the side of a New York high-rise. Can that be? But this is only the beginning of Stephen Dobyns's dazzling new novel. Part quest (in pattern), part comic book (in tone), and chiefly an exploration of a young man's search for his missing fiancee, it deals with such matters as heroes, good and evil, wrestling, kidnapping, and subplots from the Brothers Grimm - all as regarded by an omniscient "camera eye". Come see Michael Marmaduke as he progresses from confused innocence to darker self-knowledge; meet Rose White and her sister Violet, along with Deep Rat, cops Brodsky and Gapski, and Primus Muldoon, manipulator of men, who calls on Nietzsche to draw aside the veil of illusion we hide behind. Stephen Dobyns has invented a compelling world where fun and puns mingle with daring make-believe, and larger-than-life characters play out the crucial human questions: How do we live? How do we handle our demons?
Saratoga haunting by Stephen Dobyns( Book )

5 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charlie Bradshaw's past on the police force comes back to haunt him as a paroled prisoner starts threatening him and a an old case is reopened when a body "comes to the surface."
Saratoga backtalk by Stephen Dobyns( Book )

10 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and Japanese and held by 558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Saratoga Springs, PIs Charlie Bradshaw and Vic Plotz investigate the death of a racehorse owner killed by a horse. The intriguing thing is that a few days earlier the man asked Bradshaw to find out if his wife and her lover planned to kill him. By the author of The Wrestler's Cruel Study
The best American short stories, 1995 : selected from U.S. and Canadian magazines by Jane Smiley( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume's series editor selects notable works from hundreds of periodicals. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected, and most popular, of its kind
Saratoga headhunter by Stephen Dobyns( Book )

11 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The decapitation of a former jockey hiding out in his house is just the beginning of Charlie Bradshaw's troubles. An old man dies in a fire, murder finds a stable owner, Charlie's Volkswagen is blown to bits. And while tracking down the vicious killer, the ex-cop turned private eye must prove that he has no mob connections
A boat off the coast by Stephen Dobyns( Book )

8 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and held by 508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tucker Morgan, a Vietnam veteran and a casualty of life, wants to take his two-year-old son and find a ghost town where he can make his own rules. But his scam to make some quick money and run, runs into some ruthless and violent men
 
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The church of dead girls : a novel
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Boy in the water : a novelNext word, better word : the craft of writing poetryBest words, best order : essays on poetryThe two deaths of Señora PucciniThe Best American short stories, 1999 : selected from U.S. and Canadian magazinesEating naked : storiesSaratoga strongbox : a Charlie Bradshaw mysteryThe wrestler's cruel study : a novel
Alternative Names
Stephen Dobyns Amerikaans romanschrijver

דובינס, סטיבן

דובינס, סטפן

スティーヴン・ドビンズ

ドビンズ, スティーブン

Languages
English (241)

German (19)

French (13)

Dutch (10)

Spanish (6)

Japanese (5)

Italian (5)

Polish (4)

Croatian (2)

Czech (2)

Hebrew (1)