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Baxter, Charles 1947-

Works: 99 works in 371 publications in 10 languages and 16,753 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Short stories  Romance fiction  Domestic fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Psychological fiction  Drama  Film adaptations  Chronologies  Romantic comedy films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Bibliographic antecedent, Signer, Correspondent
Classifications: PS3552.A854, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Charles Baxter
The feast of love by Charles Baxter( Book )

62 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in 10 languages and held by 1,915 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of vignettes set in a coffee shop explores the subtle movements of love between ordinary people
Saul and Patsy by Charles Baxter( Book )

21 editions published between 1984 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 1,531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A seemingly happy domestic scene is turned upside down by the obsessive attentions of a troubled sixteen-year-old boy
The soul thief by Charles Baxter( Book )

19 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During Nathaniel Mason's first few months as a graduate student in upstate New York, he is drawn into a tangle of relationships with people who seem to hover just beyond his grasp. There's Theresa, alluring but elusive, and Jamie, who is fickle if not wholly unavailable. But Jerome Coolberg is the most mysterious and compelling. Not only cryptic about himself, he seems to have appropriated parts of Nathaniel's past that Nathaniel cannot remember having told him about. It is Jerome who seems to trigger the events that precipitate Nathaniel's total breakdown, and Jerome who shows up 30 years later--Nathaniel having finally reconstituted his life--to suggest, with the most staggering consequences, that Nathaniel's identity may in fact not be his own.--From publisher description
Shadow play : a novel by Charles Baxter( Book )

10 editions published between 1993 and 2001 in English and held by 882 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wyatt Palmer, the assistant city manager of Five Oaks, regrets the deal he had to make to get a chemical plant built in the city
Gryphon : new and selected stories by Charles Baxter( Book )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 864 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brings together the best of Baxter's previous collections, with seven new stories, giving us the most complete portrait of his achievement
Burning down the house : essays on fiction by Charles Baxter( Book )

10 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in English and held by 833 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Lately I've been possessed of a singularly unhappy idea: the greatest influence on American fiction for the last twenty years may have been Richard Nixon." What happens to American fiction in a time when villains are deprived of their villainy; when our consumer culture insists on happy endings? Did Richard Nixon start a trend of dysfunctional narration that is now rife throughout fiction? In Burning Down the House, Baxter delves into the social and political circumstances that influence today's "urgent issues of storytelling." Baxter invites unexpected connections: between gossip and characterization; between Puritanism, consumerism, and epiphanies; between violence and data processing. By asking readers to "explore the imagination's grip on daily life and how one lives in the pressure of that grip," Baxter offers a unique perspective into the reading and writing of contemporary fiction.--Front cover flap
First light by Charles Baxter( Book )

15 editions published between 1987 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 831 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a novel of extraordinary resonance and power, Charles Baxter takes us backward through the lives of Hugh and Dorsey Welch, a brother and sister born and raised in a small Michigan town. We meet them as adults - Dorsey, an eminent astrophysicist, Hugh a quiet unassuming Buick salesman in their hometown - and discover their pasts: difficult marriages, dark and destructive love affairs, moments of triumph, of disappointment, of sheer joy. As he traces their paths back to the day of Dorsey's birth, Baxter reveals the experiences that put such a distance between Hugh and Dorsey, and the ties of imperfect love that bind them together. And as Paul Auster has written, "gradually we begin to understand that Baxter is telling our own story, that this is how our own lives are formed within us."--Publisher
There's something I want you to do : stories by Charles Baxter( Book )

12 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 801 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The ten inter-related stories in [this collection] are held together by a surreally intricate web of cause and effect--one that slowly ensnares both fictional bystanders and ... readers"--Dust jacket flap
Sherwood Anderson : collected stories by Sherwood Anderson( Book )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 784 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the winter of 1912, Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941) abruptly left his office and spent three days wandering through the Ohio countryside, a victim of "nervous exhaustion." Over the next few years, abandoning his family and his business, he resolved to become a writer. Novels and poetry followed, but it was with the story collection Winesburg, Ohio that he found his ideal form, remaking the American short story for the modern era. Hart Crane, one of the first to recognize Anderson's genius, quickly hailed his accomplishment
A relative stranger : stories by Charles Baxter( Book )

7 editions published between 1990 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 747 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fenstad's mother -- Westland -- Prowlers -- A relative stranger -- Shelter -- Snow -- Silent movie -- The old fascist in retirement -- Lake Stephen -- Scissors -- Scheherazade -- The disappeared -- Saul and Patsy are pregnant
Through the safety net : stories by Charles Baxter( Book )

11 editions published between 1985 and 2003 in English and Spanish and held by 604 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A contemporary master of short fiction dives into the undercurrents of middle-class American life in these eleven arresting, often mesmerizing stories."
The art of subtext : beyond plot by Charles Baxter( Book )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 521 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fiction writer and essayist Charles Baxter's The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot discusses and illustrates the hidden subtextual overtones and undertones in fictional works haunted by the unspoken, the suppressed, and the secreted. Using an array of examples from Melville and Dostoyevsky to contemporary writers Paula Fox, Edward P. Jones, and Lorrie Moore, Baxter explains how fiction writers create those visible and invisible details, how what is displayed evokes what is not displayed
Believers : a novella and stories by Charles Baxter( Book )

6 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of eight stories. In The Cures for Love, a young woman distraught over a love affair finds solace in reading Ovid, while the title novella is on the loss of faith of a boy who discovers he was conceived and brought into the world by a priest
Harmony of the world : stories by Charles Baxter( Book )

10 editions published between 1984 and 1997 in English and Japanese and held by 452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The soul thief by Charles Baxter( Recording )

8 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Graduate student Nathaniel Mason's life changes dramatically when he meets the unusual yet compelling Jerome Coolberg at a party. Soon, Jerome seems to have appropriated Nathaniel's life, telling personal stories as though they are from his own experiences
The business of memory : the art of remembering in an age of forgetting( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the current information age, "memory" is as likely to be an attribute of a computer as a human being. In 'Graywolf Forum Three: The Business of Memory, editor Charles Baxter invites twelve creative writers to contemplate the externalization of what was once so deeply personal."--Jacket
Bringing the devil to his knees : the craft of fiction and the writing life( Book )

6 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A William Maxwell portrait : memories and appreciations( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three generations of writers celebrate a master whose life and work continue to reverberate in contemporary letters. William Maxwell, who died in July 2000, was revered as one of the twentieth century's great American writers and a longtime fiction editor at The New Yorker. Now writers who knew Maxwell and were inspired by him - both the man and his work - offer intimate essays, most specifically written for this volume, that "bring him back to life, right there in front of us." Alec Wilkinson writes of Maxwell as mentor; Edward Hirsch remembers him in old age; Charles Baxter illuminates the magnificent novel So Long, See You Tomorrow; Ben Cheever recalls Maxwell and his own father; Donna Tartt vividly describes Maxwell's kindness to herself as a first novelist; and Michael Collier admires him as a supreme literary correspondent. Other appreciations include insightful pieces by Alice Munro, Anthony Hecht, a poem by John Updike, and a brief tribute from Paula Fox. Ending this splendid collection is Maxwell himself, in the unpublished speech "The Writer as Illusionist"--
The feast of love by Charles Baxter( )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From "one of our most gifted writers" (Chicago Tribune), here is a superb new novel that delicately unearths the myriad manifestations of extraordinary love between ordinary people. In vignettes both comic and sexy, men and women speak of and desire their ideal mates: The owner of a coffee shop recalls the day his first wife seemed to achieve a moment of simple perfection; a young couple spends hours at the coffee shop fueling the idea of their fierce love; a professor of philosophy, stopping by for a cup of coffee, makes a valiant attempt to explain what he knows to be the inexplicable working of the human heart. Their voices resonate with each other and come together in a tapestry that depicts the most irresistible arena of life
Feast of love by Robert Benton( Visual )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Una meditazione sull'amore e sulle sue sfaccettature, sui diversi modi in cui si manifesta. Il film gira intorno alle storie d'amore di un gruppo di amici dell'Oregon, sulle loro gioie, i misteri e anche i dolori provocati da questo intenso sentimento. (Mymovies)
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Baxter, Charles Morley 1947-

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Saul and PatsyThe soul thiefShadow play : a novelGryphon : new and selected storiesBurning down the house : essays on fictionFirst lightA relative stranger : storiesThrough the safety net : stories