David Dowling Reading & Signing for "A Delicate Aggression"

A vibrant history of the renowned and often controversial Iowa Writers' Workshop and its celebrated alumni and faculty 

As the world's preeminent creative writing program, the Iowa Writers' Workshop has produced an astonishing number of distinguished writers and poets since its establishment in 1936. Its alumni and faculty include twenty-eight Pulitzer Prize winners, six U.S. poet laureates, and numerous National Book Award winners. This volume follows the program from its rise to prominence in the early 1940s under director Paul Engle, who promoted the "workshop" method of classroom peer criticism. 

Meant to simulate the rigors of editorial and critical scrutiny in the publishing industry, this educational style created an environment of both competition and community, cooperation and rivalry. Focusing on some of the exceptional authors who have participated in the program--such as Flannery O'Connor, Dylan Thomas, Kurt Vonnegut, Jane Smiley, Sandra Cisneros, T. C. Boyle, and Marilynne Robinson--David Dowling examines how the Iowa Writers' Workshop has shaped professional authorship, publishing industries, and the course of American literature.

Read the New York Times interview here https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/24/books/delicate-aggression-iowa-writer...

David O. Dowling is associate professor at the University of Iowa's School of Journalism and Mass Communication. His previous books include Literary Partnerships and the Marketplace and Emerson's Protégés. He lives in Iowa City, IA.

Event date: 
Wed, 05/15/2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Subterranean Books
6275 Delmar
St. Louis, MO 63130
A Delicate Aggression: Savagery and Survival in the Iowa Writers' Workshop Cover Image
ISBN: 9780300215847
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Published: Yale University Press - March 26th, 2019