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Ron Hansen

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Ron Hansen was born in Omaha, Nebraska, attended a Jesuit high school, Creighton Preparatory School and earned a Bachelor's degree in English from Creighton University in Omaha in 1970. Following military service, he earned an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1974 and held a Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Fellowship at Stanford University. He later earned an M.A. in Spirituality from Santa Clara University. Hansen has received fellowships from the Michigan Society of Fellows, the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and the Lyndhurst Foundation, as well as an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

Genres: Literary Fiction, Western
   Desperadoes (1979)
   The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (1983)
   The Shadowmaker (1987)
   Mariette in Ecstasy (1991)
   Atticus (1996)
   Hitler's Niece (1999)
   Isn't It Romantic? (2002)
   Exiles (2008)
   A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion (2011)
   The Kid (2016)
   You Don't Know What Love Is (1987)
   Nebraska (1989)
   She Loves Me Not (2012)
Anthologies edited
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Books containing stories by Ron Hansen
Still Wild (2000)
Short Fiction of the American West--1950 to the Present
edited by
Larry McMurtry
The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction (1999)
edited by
Michael Martone and Lex Williford
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Tenth Annual Collection (1997)
(Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, book 10)
edited by
Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

Award nominations
1997 PEN/Faulkner Award (nominee) : Atticus
1996 National Book Award for Fiction (shortlist) : Atticus
1984 PEN/Faulkner Award (nominee) : The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Ron Hansen recommends
The Swan's Nest (2024)
Laura McNeal
"What a lovely, lyrical novel this is! Tender in its sympathies, meticulous in its research, and mercifully attentive to the fraught conditions of love, loneliness, and loss, it seems like an antidote to so much contemporary fiction. The restorative romance and marriage of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning is familiar to many readers of British poetry, but Laura McNeal has made it feel so new and fresh and nourishing, like a sea breeze from the West Indies cleansing away the soot and smoke of 19th century London."
The War Begins in Paris (2023)
Theodore Wheeler
"Paris was home for the foreign correspondents who covered events in Europe for British and American media outlets during the interwar period. With the fall of France in 1940, a few of them such as the factual William Joyce, Robert Best, and Jane Anderson stayed behind and were recruited by Joseph Goebbels to broadcast treasonous Nazi propaganda from Germany. Theodore Wheeler's informed and fascinating novel uses the invented character of fashion reporter Marthe Hess to float us through this dark milieu and acquaint us with the financial, antisemitic, and often unthinking justifications for a journalist's alliance with evil. The War Begins in Paris is a great idea for a book and it's insightfully and thrillingly told."
Thirst (2021)
A G Mojtabai
"I'm amazed at what Mojtabai's done--so much so that I wished I'd written the book. Thirst will resonate with many who have lost a loved one and those with a terminal illness who are just learning how to die."

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