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Maxwell, William 1908-2000

Works: 130 works in 584 publications in 14 languages and 18,997 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Records and correspondence  Short stories  Short stories, American  Juvenile works  Reviews  Biography  College stories  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Honoree, Editor, Correspondent, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: PS3525.A9464, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by William Maxwell
So long, see you tomorrow by William Maxwell( Book )

74 editions published between 1979 and 2017 in 13 languages and held by 2,164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On a winter morning in the 1920s, a shot rings out on a farm in rural Illinois. A man named Lloyd Wilson has been killed. And the tenuous friendship between two lonely teenagers - one privileged yet neglected, the other a troubled farm boy - has been shattered. Fifty years later, one of those boys - now a grown man - tries to reconstruct the events that led up to the murder. In doing so, he is inevitably drawn back to his lost friend Cletus, who had the misfortune of being the son of Wilson's killer and who in the months before witnessed things that Maxwell's narrator can only guess at
They came like swallows by William Maxwell( Book )

64 editions published between 1937 and 2016 in 9 languages and held by 1,405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The flu epidemic of 1918 overtakes a midwestern family
The folded leaf by William Maxwell( Book )

84 editions published between 1945 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 1,383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in Illinois in the 1920s, William Maxwell's serenely observed yet deeply affecting novel deals with the bonding of two half-grown boys
All the days and nights : the collected stories of William Maxwell by William Maxwell( Book )

30 editions published between 1899 and 2012 in English and held by 1,154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stories written over half a century. They range from A Game of Chess, on the attitude of boorish provincials towards their bohemian New York relatives, to What Every Boy Should Know, on the pangs of growing up
Early novels and stories by William Maxwell( Book )

22 editions published between 1984 and 2008 in English and held by 1,118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""The novelist works with what life has given him," wrote William Maxwell. "It was no small gift that I was allowed to lead my boyhood in a small town in Illinois where the elm trees cast a mixture of light and shade over the pavements." The patterns of light, love, and a sorrow in this town, and the domestic particulars of the early 20th century, are at the heart of Maxwell's early fiction. They Came Like Swallows is the story of two boys, their father, and the unbearable loss they suffer in the winter of 1918. The Folded Leaf describes the arc of an obsessive adolescent friendship that ends in near-tragedy. Time Will Darken It paints a portrait of a small, straitlaced community where gossip can ruin even its most blameless member. The achievement of these novels is here complemented by the youthful, comic Bright Center of Heaven - out of print for nearly 70 years - and nine short stories."--Jacket
The château by William Maxwell( Book )

20 editions published between 1961 and 2012 in English and held by 1,025 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Novel about a young American couple's summer in France in 1948 and their relationship with an impoverished family of aristocrats
Later novels and stories : the château, So long, see you tomorrow, stories and improvisations, 1957-1999 by William Maxwell( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 826 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Time will darken it : a novel by William Maxwell( Book )

39 editions published between 1948 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 805 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sustin King's attempts to impress his Southern relatives, especially his foster cousin Nora, cause a scandle in his Illinois hometown and a crisis within his family
Billie Dyer and other stories by William Maxwell( Book )

11 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 750 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Billie Dyer -- Love -- The man in the moon -- With reference to an incident at the bridge -- My father's friends -- the front and back parts of the home -- The holy terror
The old man at the railroad crossing, and other tales by William Maxwell( Book )

21 editions published between 1966 and 2016 in English and held by 714 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over by the river, and other stories by William Maxwell( Book )

9 editions published between 1941 and 1988 in English and held by 627 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Letters by Sylvia Townsend Warner( Book )

9 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 596 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The outermost dream : essays and reviews by William Maxwell( Book )

8 editions published between 1989 and 1997 in English and held by 543 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What there is to say we have said : the correspondence of Eudora Welty and William Maxwell by Eudora Welty( Book )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the celebrated literary friendship through their personal letters to each other, a correspondence that reflected their worries, literary opinions, and major events, while offering insight into their relationships with their contemporaries
The element of lavishness : letters of Sylvia Townsend Warner and William Maxwell, 1938-1978 by Sylvia Townsend Warner( Book )

6 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In July 1938, William Maxwell, then twenty-nine years old and the acting poetry editor of The New Yorker, wrote to Sylvia Townsend Warner inviting her to send him verse. Miss Warner, forty-four and famous for her novel Lolly Willowes, had recently begun writing stories for the magazine, antic, inimitable sketches of English life that Maxwell adored. The poems were sent, and a remarkable friendship was begun."--Jacket
The happiness of getting it down right : letters of Frank O'Connor and William Maxwell, 1945-1966 by Frank O'Connor( Book )

7 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The letters between the Irish writer Frank O'Connor and William Maxwell, his editor at "The New Yorker."
Mrs. Donald's dog Bun and his home away from home by William Maxwell( Book )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dr. and Mrs. Donald's dog Bun dreams of living in his own little house instead of the Donalds' house, but when his wish comes true it is not as nice as he expected
The heavenly tenants by William Maxwell( Book )

10 editions published between 1946 and 1992 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this fantasy, a Wisconsin farm family become involved with the characters of the zodiac
The garden and the wilderness by Charles Pratt( Book )

3 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ancestors by William Maxwell( Book )

7 editions published between 1971 and 1995 in English and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The National Book Award-winning author of So Long, See You Tomorrow offers an astonishing evocation of a vanished world, as he retraces, branch by branch, the history of his family, taking readers into the lives of settlers, itinerant preachers, and small businessmen, examining the way they saw their world and how they imagined the world to come. From the Trade Paperback edition
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Early novels and stories
Alternative Names
Keepers, William Maxwell

Maxwell, William

Maxwell, William 1908-

Maxwell, William Keepers 1908-2000

William Keepers Maxwell, Jr. Amerikaans schrijver (1908-2000)

William Keepers Maxwell, Jr écrivain américain

William Maxwell novelista estadounidense

William Maxwell US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller

מקסוול, ויליאם

מקסול, וילים 1908-2000

विलियम कीपर्स मैक्सवेल

맥스웰, 윌리암 1908-2000

맥스웰, 윌리엄 1908-2000

They came like swallowsThe folded leafAll the days and nights : the collected stories of William MaxwellEarly novels and storiesThe châteauLater novels and stories : the château, So long, see you tomorrow, stories and improvisations, 1957-1999Time will darken it : a novelBillie Dyer and other stories