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Elizabeth Strout

Auteur de Olive Kitteridge

16+ oeuvres 26,232 utilisateurs 1,680 critiques 53 Favoris

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Elizabeth Strout (born January 6, 1956) is an American author of fiction. She was born in Portland, Maine. After graduating from Bates College, she spent a year in Oxford, England. In 1982 she graduated with honors, and received both a law degree from the Syracuse University College of Law and a afficher plus Certificate of Gerontology from the Syracuse School of Social Work. Strout wrote Amy and Isabelle over the course of six or seven years, which when published was shortlisted for the 2000 Orange Prize and nominated for the 2000 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. Amy and Isabelle was made into a television movie starring Elisabeth Shue and was produced by Oprah Winfrey's studio, Harpo Films. Strout was a NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) professor at Colgate University during the Fall Semester of 2007, where she taught creative writing. She was also on the faculty of the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2009 Strout was honored with a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for Olive Kitteridge, a collection of connected short stories she wrote about a woman and her immediate family who lived on the coast of Maine. Strout also wrote The Burgess Boys in 2013 which made The New York Times Best Seller List. Ms. Strout's title, My name is Lucy Barton, made the New York Times Best Seller List in 2016. Her newest title, Anything is Possible (2017), won the 2018 Story Prize. (Bowker Author Biography) afficher moins

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Œuvres de Elizabeth Strout

Olive Kitteridge (2008) 9,879 exemplaires
My Name Is Lucy Barton (2016) 3,681 exemplaires
The Burgess Boys (2013) 2,394 exemplaires
Amy and Isabelle (1998) 2,196 exemplaires
Olive, Again (2019) 2,053 exemplaires
Anything Is Possible (2017) 1,908 exemplaires
Oh William! (2021) 1,443 exemplaires
Abide with Me (2006) 1,360 exemplaires
Lucy by the Sea (2022) 1,020 exemplaires
The Best American Short Stories 2013 (2013) — Directeur de publication — 279 exemplaires
Olive Kitteridge | Olive Again (2019) 5 exemplaires
Tell Me Everything: A Novel (2024) 5 exemplaires
A Different Road 1 exemplaire
The Fort 1 exemplaire
The Family Fortune 1 exemplaire

Oeuvres associées

Le bel été (1940) — Introduction, quelques éditions568 exemplaires
Ethan Frome / Summer (1982) — Introduction, quelques éditions301 exemplaires
The Best American Mystery Stories 2008 (2008) — Contributeur — 169 exemplaires
It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art (2018) — Contributeur — 72 exemplaires
Providence Noir (2015) — Contributeur — 46 exemplaires
Dream Me Home Safely: Writers on Growing Up in America (2003) — Contributeur — 39 exemplaires
The Stories of Frederick Busch (2013) — Directeur de publication, quelques éditions35 exemplaires

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Partage des connaissances

Nom canonique
Strout, Elizabeth
Date de naissance
1956-01-06
Sexe
female
Nationalité
USA
Lieu de naissance
Portland, Maine, USA
Lieux de résidence
New York, New York, USA
Études
Bates College (BA, 1977)
Syracuse University (JD, 1982)
Professions
faculty (MFA program, Queens University)
fiction writer
lecturer (Creative Writing ∙ Colgate University)
Organisations
Queens University of Charlotte
Agent
Molly Friedrich (Aaron Priest Literary Agency)
Courte biographie
Elizabeth Strout (born January 6, 1956) is a US-American novelist and author. She is widely known for her works in literary fiction and her descriptive characterization. Born and raised in Portland, Maine, her experiences in her youth served as inspiration for her novels–the fictional "Shirley Falls, Maine" is the setting of four of her seven novels.

Strout's first novel, Amy and Isabelle (1998) met with widespread critical acclaim, became a national bestseller, and was adapted into a movie starring Elisabeth Shue. Her second novel, Abide with Me (2006), received critical acclaim but ultimately failed to be recognized to the extent of her debut novel. Two years later, Strout wrote and published Olive Kitteridge (2008), to critical and commercial success grossing nearly $25 million with over one million copies sold as of May 2017. The novel won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The book was adapted into a multi Emmy Award-winning mini series and became a New York Times bestseller.

Five years later, she published The Burgess Boys (2013), which became a national bestseller. My Name Is Lucy Barton (2016) was met with international acclaim and topped the New York Times bestseller list. Lucy Barton later became the main character in Strout's 2017 novel, Anything is Possible. A sequel to Olive Kitteridge, titled Olive, Again, was published in 2019.

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Will revisit it later, but MADONNA BUONA.
 
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kvschnitzer | 286 autres critiques | Apr 12, 2024 |
Not bad. The title character anchors the novel with various acquaintances radiating around her life in different chapters. Olive isn't particularly likeable and the novel feels like it is trying to get you to overcome this and feel compassion for her and her follies, which according to Olive she cannot help and is not even particularly aware of. It was an interesting contrast to Outline by Rachel Cusk that I finished about a week ago. Outline's central character also calls people to task for what they say and is sharply honest and insightful. Olive on the other hand just flips over to rude and mean and any insights her calmer side may have had go out the door. One of my strongest responses was sympathy for the characters of her husband and son, more than empathy for Olive. While Olive is meant, in her calmer zone, to have had a positive impact on the other characters lives I wasn't convinced. There is one very odd chapter where she seems to save the day, twice, (the one in the guy's car), I found this a bit hard to believe. The other, more trite, mean examples rang truer. I'd give it a 3 to 3.5 only.… (plus d'informations)
 
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diveteamzissou | 616 autres critiques | Apr 3, 2024 |
This was a hard book for me to read! It basically is about one person from different views! It seemed to drag in spots!
 
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MommaTAS | 616 autres critiques | Mar 22, 2024 |
Omtalen af Strouts roman, der vandt Pulitzer prisen for fiktion i 2009, har typisk fokuseret på dens hovedperson. Olive Kitteridge. Hun beskrives som en fysisk stor kvinde og en kantet personlighed, der er forfriskende, fordi der er så få af den type karakterer i litteraturen. Det er er en helt fair karakteristik, for Olive er vitterligt et vigtigt særkende for bogen – men hun er alligevel ikke så altdominerende som den lige så kantede Birgithe i Katrine Marie Guldagers roman fra sidste år.

Olive Kitteridge har i mange år undervist i matematik på den lokale skole i Crosby, Maine, hvor hun bor sammen med sin mand Henry, der har drevet et apotek i en nærliggende by. Sammen har de sønnen Christopher, som Olive elsker højt, men som hun måske også har hegnet mere ind med sin personlighed end godt er. I romanens nutid er ægteparret ved at tage hul på pensionisttilværelsen, og selvom der er tilbageblik – det første kapitel handler f.eks. om Henrys stormende men aldrig udtrykte forelskelse i en tidligere ansat på apoteket – så er fokus rettet på tilværelsen, når man har passeret de 60.

Det er nye bekymringer, der kommer til: kroppens skrøbelighed og forholdet til det voksne barn. Det sidste bliver vanskeligt, da han finder en kone og flytter helt til Californien med hende. Det er nemt for læseren at se, at sønnen langt om længe er i gang med en frigørelsesproces, men Olive kan ikke forstå, hvad hun har gjort forkert, så hun bliver bitter og vred.

Olive er romanens omdrejningspunkt, men det er også et portræt af en typisk amerikansk provinsby. Fordi hun har været lærer på skolen og fordi hun er så karakteristisk, har alle hende som et referencepunkt, men der er kapitler, hvor hun kun optræder som en bifigur. Der er f.eks. historien om Harmon, der har mistet gnisten i sit eget ægteskab, og derfor har fundet sammen med enken Daisy, som han besøger, når han har hentet donoughts. En da dukker en tynd pige op hos Daisy, hun lider af en alvorlig spiseforstyrrelse og har samtidig fået sig en skidt kæreste, der har trukket hende med ind i kriminalitet. Pludselig banker Olive på døren, fordi hun er ude at samle ind til velgørenhed, og så udvikler historien sig derfra.

Alderdommen indebærer selvfølgelig risiko for tab. Når par bliver gamle sammen, vil den ene på et tidspunkt falde fra og efterlade den anden med en truende ensomhed. Henry og Olive ser det blandt deres jævnaldrende, og selvom i hvert fald Henry er grundlæggende optimistisk, så sker det alligevel. Spørgsmålet er så, om der findes et håb om nærhed i den sene alder. For nogen gør der givetvis, for andre måske ikke.

Romanen er især optaget af hverdagslivets dramaer, men der er også flere episoder, hvor vold og kriminalitet stikker hovedet frem. Ud af det blå bliver Olive og Henry involveret i et gidseldrama, i en anden historie står en psykisk ustabil mor pludselig og skyder efter svigersønnen i skovbrynet, og så er der familien Larkin, der lever isoleret, fordi deres søn har begået et mor mange år tidligere. Det virker voldsomt, og jeg kunne ikke lade være med at spekulere over, om det afspejler reelle forskelle mellem USA og Danmark eller om Strout ”bare” har tilsat det som lidt ekstra litterært krydderi.

Olive Kitteridge er en virkelig god roman. Strout skriver både personer og natur frem i et nuanceret sprog. Alle figurer er sammensatte og troværdige, og det er meget nemt at se det lille samfund for sig. Det er også en fornøjelse at være i selskab med Olive og de andre gnavpotter, for her kommer der virkelig kød og blod på en livsfase, som de mange ungdomsfikserede forfattere ikke har blik for.a
… (plus d'informations)
 
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Henrik_Madsen | 616 autres critiques | Mar 10, 2024 |

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