Saturday, December 10, 2005


PULITZER PRIZE-winner Annie Proulx’s “Brokeback Mountain” first breathed life as an acclaimed short story in a 1997 issue of The New Yorker and was subsequently published as a novella in 1998. This story is also included in her second collection of stories, Close Range: Wyoming Stories (1999). One of the most accomplished voices in contemporary American fiction, Proulx’s trademark pared-down style is especially obvious in this heartbreaking story, a “profanely poetic and beautiful elegy on doomed manhood.” Set against the craggy, desolate and wide-open spaces of Wyoming, Brokeback Mountain is considered one of her best stories. However, John Updike did not select this story—but “The Half-Skinned Steer”—for The Best American Short Stories of the Century (Houghton Mifflin, 1999).

PROULX E. Annie [1935-] Short-story writer, novelist. Born Edna Annie Proulx in Norwich, Connecticut, U.S. NOVELS That Old Ace in the Hole (2002); Accordion Crimes (1996: shortlisted for the 1997 Orange Prize for Fiction); The Shipping News (1993: winner of the 1994 National Book Award for Fiction, the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the 1993 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction, and the 1993 Irish Times International Fiction Prize; shortlisted for the 1993 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction); Postcards (1992: winner of the 1993 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction) NOVELLA Brokeback Mountain (1997) STORIES Bad Dirt: Wyoming Stories 2 (2004); Close Range: Wyoming Stories (1999: winner of the 2000 Willa Award for Contemporary Fiction and the 2000 New Yorker Book Award for Best Fiction; shortlisted for the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction); Heart Songs and Other Stories (1988) EDITED The Best American Short Stories (with Katrina Kenison) (1997)

Novels: The Shipping News (1993); Postcards (1992)
Stories: Close Range: Wyoming Stories (1999)


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