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Gaitskill, Mary 1954-

Overview
Works: 68 works in 320 publications in 11 languages and 11,085 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Short stories  Psychological fiction  Domestic fiction  Drama  Film adaptations  Essays  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Novels  Dark comedy films 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Bibliographic antecedent, Editor, Speaker
Classifications: PS3557.A36, 813.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Mary Gaitskill
Veronica by Mary Gaitskill( Book )

43 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in 9 languages and held by 1,902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When I was young, my mother read me a story about a wicked little girl. She read it to me and my two sisters. We sat curled against her on the couch and she read from the book on her lap. The lamp shone on us and there was a blanket over us. The girl in the story was beautiful and cruel. Because her mother was poor, she sent her daughter to work for rich people, who spoiled and petted her. The rich people told her she had to visit her mother. But the girl felt she was too good and went merely to show herself. One day, the rich people sent her home with a loaf of bread for her mother. But when the little girl came to a muddy bog, rather than ruin her shoes, she threw down the bread and stepped on it. It sank into the bog and she sank with it. She sank into a world of demons and deformed creatures. Because she was beautiful, the demon queen made her into a statue as a gift for her great-grandson. The girl was covered in snakes and slime and surrounded by the hate of every creature trapped like she was. She was starving but couldn't eat the bread still welded to her feet. She could hear what people were saying about her; a boy passing by saw what had happened to her and told everyone, and they all said she deserved it. Even her mother said she deserved it. The girl couldn't move, but if she could have, she would've twisted with rage. "It isn't fair!" cried my mother, and her voice mocked the wicked girl
The mare by Mary Gaitskill( Book )

29 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and Italian and held by 1,695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a Dominican girl, the Anglo woman who introduces her to riding, and the horse who changes everything for her. Velveteen Vargas is eleven years old, a Fresh Air Fund kid from Brooklyn. Her host family is a couple in upstate New York--Ginger, a failed artist and shakily recovered alcoholic, and her academic husband, Paul--who wonder what it will mean to "make a difference" in such a contrived situation. The story illuminates their shifting relationship with Velvet over several years, as well as Velvet's encounter with the horses at the stable down the road--especially with an abused, unruly mare called Fugly Girl. With strong supporting characters--Velvet's abusive mother, an eccentric horse trainer, a charismatic older boy who awakens Velvet's nascent passion--The Mare traces Velvet's journey between the vital, violent world of the inner city and the world of the small-town stable.--
Bad behavior by Mary Gaitskill( Book )

27 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 931 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fierce tales of love and sexual obsession depict the moments of dislocation, intense longing, and forbidden desire that create the shocks of modern living
Two girls, fat and thin : a novel by Mary Gaitskill( Book )

26 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 921 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Justine Shade, slim and trendy, and Dorothy, lower-class and obese, become curiously drawn to each other as their relationship reveals both the cruelty and beauty that lies beneath the surface of modern life
Don't cry : stories by Mary Gaitskill( Book )

15 editions published between 2009 and 2017 in English and held by 874 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of stories unfolding against the backdrop of American life over the last thirty years includes "College Town 1980," "The Little Boy," and "Mirror Ball," in which a young man steals a girl's soul during a one-night stand
Because they wanted to : stories by Mary Gaitskill( Book )

20 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and held by 779 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of tales of sexual adventures. In The Wrong Thing, on being rejected by the man she wants to sleep with, the protagonist has an affair with a lesbian, in The Dentist, a woman writer tries to seduce her dentist, and The Blanket is about an affair of a woman with a younger man
The best American short stories, 1993( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains twenty of the best short stories of 1993
Somebody with a little hammer by Mary Gaitskill( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Engaging, unusual essays written over the last two decades, on matters literary, social, cultural, and personal--from the explosive date rape debates of the '90s to the ubiquitous political adultery of the '00s, from Anton Chekhov to Celine Dion. Here is Mary Gaitskill the essayist: witty, direct, penetrating to the core of each issue, personality, or literary trope (On Updike: "It is as if [he] has entered a tiny window marked 'Rabbit, ' and, by some inverse law, passed into a universe of energies both light and dark, expanded and contracted, infinite and workaday." On Elizabeth Wurtzell: "If this kooky, foot-stamping, self-loathing screed is meant to be, as it claims, a defense of 'difficult women, ' i.e. women who 'write their own operating manuals' ... all I can say is, bitches best duck and run for cover.") Gaitskill writes about the ridiculous and poetic ambition of Norman Mailer, about the socio-sexual cataclysm embodied by porn star Linda Lovelace, and, in the deceptively titled "Lost Cat," about how power and race can warp the most innocent and intimate of relationships. Appearing in chronological order, the essays offer their thoughts and reactions, always with the heat-seeking, revelatory understanding for which we value the author's fiction"--
Veronica by Mary Gaitskill( Recording )

14 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and Dutch and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As a teenager on the streets of San Francisco, Alison is discovered by a photographer and swept into the world of fashion-modeling in Paris and Rome. When her career crashes and a love affair ends disastrously, she moves to New York City to build a new life. There she meets Veronica--an older wisecracking eccentric with her own ideas about style, a proofreader. Improbably, the two women become friends. Their friendship will survive not only Alison's reentry into the seductive nocturnal realm of fashion, but also Veronica's terrible descent into the then-uncharted realm of AIDS. The memory of their friendship will continue to haunt Alison years later, when she, too, is aging and ill and is questioning the meaning of what she experienced and who she became during that time
The mare by Mary Gaitskill( Recording )

16 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the author of Veronica, a finalist for the National Book Award for fiction, comes Mary Gaitskill's most poignant and powerful work yet: the story of a Dominican girl, the white woman who introduces her to riding, and the horse who changes everything for her. Velveteen Vargas is an eleven-year-old from Brooklyn who is granted a summer vacation in the country, courtesy of the nonprofit Fresh Air Fund. Her host family is a couple in upstate New York: Ginger, a failed artist on the fringe of Alcoholics Anonymous, and Paul, an academic who wonders what it will mean to "make a difference" in such a contrived situation. Here we see the couple's changing relationship with Velvet over the course of several years, as well as Velvet's powerful encounter with the horses at the stable down the road, as Gaitskill weaves together Velvet's vital inner-city community and the privileged country world of Ginger and Paul. The timeless story of a girl and a horse is joined with the story of people from different races and socioeconomic backgrounds trying to meet one another honestly. It is a novel that is raw, striking, and completely original
Best new American voices 2009( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Da Capo best music writing 2006 : the year's finest writing on rock, hip-hop, jazz, pop, country, and more by Mary Gaitskill( Book )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... Essential reading for anyone who loves great music and impassioned writing about it"--Page 4 of cover
Eleven by Philip-Lorca DiCorcia( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Infanta by Ralph Gibson( Book )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bad behavior : stories by Mary Gaitskill( Recording )

7 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a reissue of National Book Award finalist Mary Gaitskill's debut collection, Bad Behavior-powerful stories about dislocation, longing, and desire, which depict a disenchanted and rebellious urban-fringe generation as it searches for human connection.Now a classic, Bad Behavior made critical waves when it was first published, heralding Gaitskill's arrival on the literary scene and her establishment as a sharp, erotically charged, and audaciously funny writer of contemporary literature
Don't cry by Mary Gaitskill( )

9 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mary Gaitskill returns with a luminous new collection of stories-her first in more than ten years. In "College Town l980," young people adrift in Ann Arbor, Michigan, debate the meaning of personal strength at the start of the Reagan era; in the urban fairy tale "Mirrorball," a young man steals a girl's soul during a one-night stand; and in "The Little Boy," a woman haunted by the death of her husband is finally able to grieve through a mysterious encounter with a needy child. Each story delivers the powerful, original language and the dramatic engagement of the intelligent mind with the craving body-or of the intelligent body with the craving mind-that has come to be seen as stunningly emblematic of Gaitskill's fiction
Secretary by Steven Shainberg( Visual )

19 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lee Holloway has a few strikes against her when she applies for a secretarial position at the law office of E. Edward Grey. At first the work seems quite normal, but soon, in between typing, filing and coffee making, Lee and Mr. Grey embark on a more personal relationship together, crossing the lines of conduct that would give and human resourses director the vapors
Somebody with a little hammer : essays by Mary Gaitskill( Book )

5 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Engaging, unusual essays written over the last two decades, on matters literary, social, cultural, and personal--from the explosive date rape debates of the '90s to the ubiquitous political adultery of the '00s, from Anton Chekhov to Celine Dion. Here is Mary Gaitskill the essayist: witty, direct, penetrating to the core of each issue, personality, or literary trope (On Updike: "It is as if [he] has entered a tiny window marked 'Rabbit, ' and, by some inverse law, passed into a universe of energies both light and dark, expanded and contracted, infinite and workaday." On Elizabeth Wurtzell: "If this kooky, foot-stamping, self-loathing screed is meant to be, as it claims, a defense of 'difficult women, ' i.e. women who 'write their own operating manuals' ... all I can say is, bitches best duck and run for cover.") Gaitskill writes about the ridiculous and poetic ambition of Norman Mailer, about the socio-sexual cataclysm embodied by porn star Linda Lovelace, and, in the deceptively titled "Lost Cat," about how power and race can warp the most innocent and intimate of relationships. Appearing in chronological order, the essays offer their thoughts and reactions, always with the heat-seeking, revelatory understanding for which we value the author's fiction"--
Oggi sono tua by Mary Gaitskill( Book )

3 editions published in 2012 in Italian and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Today I'm yours from the collection Don't cry by Mary Gaitskill( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Veronica
Alternative Names
Geitsukiru, Mearī 1954-

Mary Gaitskill Amerikaans auteur

Mary Gaitskill US-amerikanische Autorin

Мэри Гейтскилл

גיטטסקיל, מרי, 1954-

ゲイツキル, メアリー

玛丽·盖茨基尔

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Bad behaviorTwo girls, fat and thin : a novelDon't cry : storiesBecause they wanted to : storiesVeronicaBest new American voices 2009Da Capo best music writing 2006 : the year's finest writing on rock, hip-hop, jazz, pop, country, and moreEleven