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Chappell, Fred 1936-

Overview
Works: 220 works in 419 publications in 4 languages and 18,263 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Poetry  Domestic fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Psychological fiction 
Roles: Author, Inscriber, Signer, Former owner, Editor
Classifications: PS3553.H298, 813.54
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I am one of you forever : a novel by Fred Chappell( Book )

22 editions published between 1985 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 1,161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells of a father-son relationship in the North Carolina mountains. It is of a family whose men work in the paper mill
Brighten the corner where you are by Fred Chappell( Book )

11 editions published between 1989 and 2003 in English and French and held by 1,119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In May of 1946 science teacher Joe Robert Kirkman's day begins with hunting a mythical devil-possum in the North Carolina mountains and ends in defending his job before the school board
Farewell, I'm bound to leave you by Fred Chappell( Book )

9 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 954 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel on the backwoods women of Appalachia, illustrating their self-reliance and passion. The characters range from a woman who gets her man by impressing on him her skill with a gun, to one who goes mad after a failed love affair. By the author of More Shapes Than One
Look back all the green valley by Fred Chappell( Book )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 829 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As he cleans out his dead father's workshop, Jess Kirkman of North Carolina discovers a treasure map with the names of women. He goes to see them and obtains new insights into his father's character. Fourth installment in a family saga by the author of Farewell, I'm Bound to Leave You
A way of happening : observations of contemporary poetry by Fred Chappell( Book )

5 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 635 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of our most acclaimed and versatile authors, Fred Chappell is comfortably at home in fiction, poetry, and literary criticism. A Way of Happening gathers his essays and reviews of contemporary poetry. Chappell consider new writers as well as more established authors, including Alfred Corn, William Matthews, A.R. Ammons, Linda Pastan, Julia Randall, Cornelius Eady, Alan Shapiro, and many others. And there are essays on the plight of the critic ("Thanks but No Thanks") and the delicate role of the writing teacher ("First Night Come Round Again")
More shapes than one by Fred Chappell( Book )

7 editions published between 1991 and 1997 in English and French and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These thirteen tales are populated by an assortment of fictional as well as real characters, all of them vividly sketched and true-to-life: the botanist Linnaeus, the composer Offenbach, the poet Hart Crane, the visionary horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, a southern sheriff, a dealer in rare books, a country singer, an old maid (and her suitor), and a mathematician. Whether these stories are deemed disquieting, comic, prophetic, or tall in the telling, they show us worlds where the truth reveals itself in many shapes. Throughout the writings comprising More Shapes Than One, Fred Chappell's storytelling magic transforms the commonplace
The gaudy place by Fred Chappell( Book )

9 editions published between 1973 and 2002 in English and held by 489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is about North Carolina life including mountain schools and book learning
First and last words : poems by Fred Chappell( Book )

2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Family gathering : poems by Fred Chappell( Book )

3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 453 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The world between the eyes; poems by Fred Chappell( Book )

5 editions published between 1971 and 1990 in English and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Backsass : poems by Fred Chappell( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This collection of humorous and satiric verse takes its title from the thoroughly southern term meaning "irreverent retort," "ironic remark," or "scoffing observation." The ancient Roman poet Juvenal noted that his world made it hard not to write satire, Fred Chappell, finding his contemporary era analogous to that of imperial Rome, has in Backass given in to the impulse for invective and mockery."--Jacket
C : poems by Fred Chappell( Book )

3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wince. At times Chappell's tone is acerbic, as in this sly comment on the self-indulgence of some confessional poets: "If my peccadilloes were so small / I never would undress at all," a couplet that would surely draw a delighted chuckle from Alexander Pope himself. With the apparent effortlessness of a master, Chappell also can suffuse a poem with sensual wonder; in "A Glorious Twilight," for example, an ecstatic speaker rhapsodizes about a woman painting her nails
Ancestors and others by Fred Chappell( Book )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this collection, Fred Chappell shows his mastery across a range of genres. Featuring folk fables in the Twain tradition, realistic stories of growing up in remote Appalachia, stories of family, kin, and community, and tales of the fantastic and spooky, this book will delight fans and surprise new readers
Midquest : a poem by Fred Chappell( Book )

5 editions published between 1981 and 1989 in English and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Midquest brings together the four poems River, Bloodfire, Wind Mountain, and Earthsleep in what he has referred to as "something like a verse novel." Fred Chappell has summoned up the rich veins of memory and brings this to bear on the contemporary sensibility. Through the remarkable range of his poetic talent-in turns lyrical, dramatic, elegiac, mythic, and humorous-Chappell brings us to the elemental: this encounter with earth, air, fire, and water. The dynamic of their interrelation contains multitudes but also holds a pattern. In his preface to the completed work, Chappell explains that "though he is called 'Fred, ' the 'I' of the poem is no more myself than any character in any novel I might choose to write. ... He was constructed, as was Dante's persona, Dante, in order to be widely representative." Chappell's Fred has moved away from the land and the work of the hands to the city and the work of the intellect. In the memories he reviews at mid-life, he regains the values that he had thought were lost. In its mental reclamation, Midquest belongs in a long and vital southern tradition. In design, he tells us, its model was "that elder American art form, the sampler, each form standing for a different fancy stitch." Fred Chappell, author of four novels, is professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Besides the four volumes of Midquest, he has published another collection of poems, The World Between the Eyes. Four times he has won the Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry, and he has also received the Prix de Meilleur, Académie Franc̜aise, the Sir Walter Raleigh Prize, and the North Carolina Award in Literature
Earthsleep : a poem by Fred Chappell( Book )

3 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

River : a poem by Fred Chappell( Book )

5 editions published between 1975 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Fred Chappell reader by Fred Chappell( Book )

7 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in English and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fred Chappell is one of our most brilliant and versatile authors, with many novels, short stories, and volumes of poetry to his credit. This anthology bears witness to the scope of his career: a rich body of narrative and lyrical fictions ranging over history, mythology, science, philosophy, and Chappell's own life. He has been recognized as a storyteller "to put on the shelf with Mark Twain, William Faulkner, and Eudora Welty" (The Washington Post). The Fred Chappell Reader is full of stories, including a complete novel, Dagon; substantial portions of four other novels; several short stories (two of which are previously uncollected); and poems culled from his books, an achievement for which Chappell shared (with John Ashbery) the prestigious Bolligen Prize in 1985. Here is an important and thoroughly rewarding selection of work by a major American writer
It is time, Lord by Fred Chappell( Book )

17 editions published between 1963 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Daring to recall the events of his childhood, espcially the fire that destroyed his grandparents' home, James Christopher, the protagonist of Chappell's It Is Time, Lord, struggles to truly understand his history and its influence on the man he has become. "Rarely does a young writer demonstrate such remarkable skill in his first novel. ... His language is precise and evocative".--Sewanee Review
The inkling by Fred Chappell( Book )

13 editions published between 1965 and 2003 in English and French and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in North Carolin, five people inhabit a house: the boy Jan; his retarded sister, Timmy; a long-suffering mother; crude, surly Uncle Hake; and redheaded Lora Bowen, the housemaid. Conflicts among the members lead to a climax of high-pitched intensity and violence
Shadow box : poems by Fred Chappell( Book )

7 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this sharply innovative collection, renowned poet Fred Chappell layers words and images to create a new and dramatic poetic form--the poem-within-a-poem. Like the shadow box in the volume's title, each piece consists of an inner world contained, framed, supported by an outer--the two interdependent, sometimes supplementary, often contrary. For example, the grim but gorgeous "The Caretakers" is a landscape that reveals another image inside it. Chappell also introduces sonnets in which the sestet nests within the octet. Play serves as an important component, but the poems do not depend upon gamesmanship or verbal stratagems. Instead, they delicately or wittily trace human feelings, respond somberly to the news of the world, and rejoice in humankind's plentiful variety of attitudes and beliefs. Just as an x-ray can show the inner structure of a physical object, so the techniques in Shadow Box display the internal energies of the separate works. With this new form--the "enclosed" or "embedded" or "inlaid" poem--Chappell broadens the expressive possibilities of formal poetry, intrigues the imagination in an entirely new way, and offers surprise and revelation in sudden flashes. At once revolutionary and traditional, Shadow Box contains an Aladdin's trove of surprises. --Publisher description
 
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Alternative Names
Chappell, Fred Davis.

Fred Chappell American poet, novelist

チャペル, フレッド

Languages
English (151)

French (20)

Spanish (3)

Arabic (1)

Covers
Brighten the corner where you areFarewell, I'm bound to leave youLook back all the green valleyA way of happening : observations of contemporary poetryMore shapes than oneThe gaudy placeFirst and last words : poemsFamily gathering : poems