Robert Stone & C.K. Williams
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Robert Stone's novels often feature alienated protagonists who struggle to survive in a brutal world of violence, drugs, and alcohol. Commenting on his subject matter, Time reviewer Paul Gray said, "That Stone makes exciting fiction out of this depressing scenario is the hallmark of his mastery."
A Hall of Mirrors (1967), Stone's first novel, won the William Faulkner Award for best first novel and was also produced by Paramount as the movie WUSA in 1970. His second novel, Dog Soldiers (1974), won the National Book Award and was adapted into the film Who'll Stop the Rain in 1978.
Stone's other works include the novels A Flag for Sunrise (1981), which received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Children of Light (1986), and Outerbridge Reach (1992). He also edited the anthology The Best American Short Stories: 1992. He returned to current events with Damascus Gate (1998), about a man with messianic delusions caught up in a terrorist plot in Jerusalem.
Stone has received Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, the five-year Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature, and the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award. He currently teaches in the creative writing program at Yale University.
Photo by Catherine Mauger
C. K. Williams’ Collected Poems appeared in 2006. He has published nine other books of poetry, the most recent of which, The Singing, won the National Book Award for 2003. His previous book, Repair, was awarded the 2000 Pulitzer Prize, and his collection Flesh and Blood received the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has published translations of Sophocles’ Women of Trachis, Euripides’ Bacchae, and poems of Francis Ponge, among others. His book of essays, Poetry and Consciousness, appeared in 1998, and a memoir, Misgivings, in 2000. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.