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The Writers Forum at SUNY Brockport

David Huddle -- Fiction

Host(s): Mary Elsie Robertson and Judith Kitchen

Tape order number: V-90

Visit Date: November 8, 1983

Length: 31 minutes

Brief Summary: The autobiographical quality of Huddle's poetry is contrasted with the "confessionals." Avoiding sentimentality is Huddle's recommendation to writers who want to remain honest. The function of humor in Huddle's writing is examined as the effect of Southern cultural influence. At the conclusion of the interview, Huddle responds to questions regarding his writing process and reads his Ars Poetica, "Sunday Dinner."

Work(s) Discussed:

  • A Dream With No Stump Roots In It (short stories)
  • Paper Boy (poetry)

Writers mentioned:

  • Sylvia Plath
  • John Berryman
  • Anne Sexton
  • Robert Lowell
  • Flannery O'Connor
  • William Faulkner

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