Jane Smiley

(b. 1951)

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(1951– )

American novelist, born in Los Angeles, best known for her novel A Thousand Acres (1992, Pulitzer Prize). In this grim retelling of the King Lear story, set like much of Smiley's work in the American Midwest, Larry King decides to retire and pass his farm down to his three daughters, Ginny, Rose, and Caroline; Smiley eloquently describes the tragic consequences of this decision, whether writing about intimate details of character or exploring questions of morality on an epic scale. Her other novels include the thriller Duplicate Keys (1984) and Moo (1995), a wryly satirical look at university campus life in Midwestern America; and more recently Horse Heaven (2000) and Good Faith (2003). Short‐story collections include The Age of Grief (1988).

Subjects: Literature.

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