George Garrett

Contributing editor George Garrett is a novelist, poet, and the Henry Hoyns Professor of Creative Writing Emeritus at the University of Virginia.  He was named the poet laureate of Virginia in 2002.

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  • Portraits: Some Notes on the Poetry of Growing Old
    July 2007

    Portraits: Some Notes on the Poetry of Growing Old

    Years and years ago—it would have to have been in 1958-59, a year that my wife and I and our two young children were living in Rome—I wrote a little satirical poem about famous old poets and what’s to become of them.

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  • Christianity and the Movies
    December 2006

    Christianity and the Movies

    Several things have worked against the development of serious Christian films in the United States. From its beginnings, the American film industry has included some, but very few, Christian filmmakers.

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  • Hollywood Blues
    July 2006

    Hollywood Blues

    One cannot escape the impact and influence, the power and the glory, then, of Hollywood just by never having been there.

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  • Cowboys and Indians
    May 2002

    Cowboys and Indians

    This little piece requires a head note. Oddly, it is the only thing I have ever written that was honest-to-God censored. I was asked by the Chronicle of Higher Education to write a short opinion piece on the subject of contemporary creative writing courses, etc.—the scene.

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  • Wolfe in Wolfe's Clothing
    April 2001

    Wolfe in Wolfe's Clothing

    What we have here are two good books published by the increasingly adventurous University of South Carolina Press in celebration of the centenary of Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938).

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  • A Letter From Earth
    July 2000

    A Letter From Earth

    I am sending this c/o the Dead Poets Society. I hope it reaches you all right. Sure, it's doubtful, I know. But, then again, why not?

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  • Mea Culpa
    July 1999

    Mea Culpa

    This new book offers plenty of pleasure while it lasts and as long as the reader is able to ignore the astonishing claim that all our good ideas, all too soon to become public policy, come to us directly from the living rooms and dinner parties of a little group of New Yorkers whose demonstrable flaws of character should at the very least limit their power and influence over others.

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  • Poetry Now
    October 1998

    Poetry Now

    Fred Chappell's A Way of Happening is a gathering of some 17 critical pieces, together with an important personal essay about teaching writing and an essay-length introduction, published between 1985 and 1997, all but three written expressly for and published by the Georgia Review.

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  • Reading and Weeping
    May 1998

    Reading and Weeping

    Tony Outhwaite's article pretty much says it all, a whole lot of it anyway, about the present state of American publishing. And he's not only right on the money, he's seriously funny, which is a pleasure for the reader and a problem for the writer who comes along afterwards and whose last best hope and bet is to play the slow-witted straight man.

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  • The Portable Shakespeare
    September 1996

    The Portable Shakespeare

    Nothing new here, really. Nothing that hasn't been hashed and rehashed by my betters, the true scholars and critics whose faithful quest for knowledge has sometimes ended in earned wisdom for all of us.

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  • Rising From the Dead
    November 1995

    Rising From the Dead

    All three of these books are, each in its own way, dedicated to the proposition that the past is alive and deserves to be preserved and protected against the forces of barbaric ignorance and indifference.

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  • When Lorena Bobbitt Comes Bob-Bob-Bobbing Along
    April 1994

    When Lorena Bobbitt Comes Bob-Bob-Bobbing Along

    Where were we? Oh yes, stories in the papers. Well, the big news today, prominently on page one as well as in the "Style" section of the Washington Post, is the Lorena Bobbitt trial, just getting underway at historic Manassas.

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  • A Piece of the Action
    April 1993

    A Piece of the Action

    More than 20 years of active critical engagement since then have allowed Crews the chance to change his mind about some things, to modify some earlier judgments, and, at the very least, to admit to the need for a much more expanded and complicated context than strictly "the intrapsychic realm" of Freudian psychoanalysis.

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  • Anarchy and Family in the Southern Tradition
    March 1991

    Anarchy and Family in the Southern Tradition

    For this issue of Chronicles we have assembled the thing in and of itself, examples of Southern literature as it is here and now, a couple of appropriate poems and a work of fiction by one of the South's finest writers, together with some good talk about contemporary letters in the South.

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  • March 1991

    Buzzards and Dodos

    George Core (Editor of the Sewanee Review) Talks With George Garrett About the Quarterlies

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  • An American Elegy
    February 1991

    An American Elegy

    When a writer lives with and writes about a character in four books and for more than thirty years, as John Updike has done with Harry ("Rabbit") Angstrom—central character of Rabbit at Rest and of the quartet that began with Rabbit, Run in 1960—author and character get to know each other, strengths and weaknesses, good habits and bad, like an old married couple.

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  • Good News
    December 1990

    Good News

    A roundtable of writer's share good news.

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  • Art Is Always Political When the Government Starts Giving Grants
    June 1990

    Art Is Always Political When the Government Starts Giving Grants

    Speaking of the subject of censorship and the arts in general, and, more specifically, the whole affair in these recent months (filling many newspaper pages) about the problem of the American taxpayer and the government's support or nonsupport of the arts . . .

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  • Inch by Inch
    April 1990

    Inch by Inch

    A text, or an epigraph, for what I am going to say: some lines from John Ciardi's poem about the Birdman of Alcatraz who was, among other things, a trickster of sorts.

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  • August 1989

    Good as Goldwyn

    The life of Schmuel Gelbfisz of Warsaw, Poland, who became Samuel Goldfish in Birmingham, England, and finally, in America, the one and only Samuel Goldwyn, can justly be taken as an old-fashioned fairy tale of magical transformation—sow's ear into silk purse.

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