Paperback New York Review Books Classics

By (author) Oakley Hall, Introduction by Robert Stone

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  • Publisher: New York Review of Books Classics
  • Format: Paperback | 496 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 201mm x 30mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 21 November 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1590171616
  • ISBN 13: 9781590171615
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 85,900

Product description

Oakley Hall's legendary Warlock revisits and reworks the traditional conventions of the Western to present a raw, funny, hypnotic, ultimately devastating picture of American unreality. First published in the 1950s, at the height of the McCarthy era, Warlock is not only one of the most original and entertaining of modern American novels but a lasting contribution to American fiction.

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Author information

Oakley Hall was born in 1920 in San Diego and grew up there and in Honolulu, where his mother moved after his parents' divorce. After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, Hall joined the Marine Corps and was stationed in the Pacific during the Second World War. Following the war, and with the aid of the GI Bill, he continued his studies in France, Switzerland, and England, returning to the US to receive an MFA in creative writing from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Hall published his first book, Murder City, in 1949 and his most recent, Ambrose Bierce and the Ace of Shoots, in 2005. In between he wrote more than twenty works of fiction and nonfiction, including the novels The Downhill Racers, Separations, and Warlock, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1958; a libretto for the opera based on Wallace Stegner's Angle of Repose; and two guides to writing fiction. Hall was director of the writing program at the University of California, Irvine for twenty years and, in 1969, co-founded the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, an annual writers' conference. Among his many honors are lifetime achievment awards from the PEN Center USA and the Cowboy Hall of Fame. Oakley Hall lives in San Francisco. Robert Stone was born in Brooklyn in 1937. He is the author of seven novels: A Hall of Mirrors, the National Book Award-winning Dog Soldiers, A Flag for Sunrise, Children of Light, Outerbridge Reach, Damascus Gate, and Bay of Souls. He has also written short stories, essays, and screenplays, and published a short story collection, Bear and His Daughter, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in New York City and in Key West, Florida.

Review quote

"[A] brilliant novel of the violent West." --"San Francisco Chronicle" ""San Francisco Chronicle" Book Editor Critic Oscar Villalon's Picks Oakley Hall's novel "Warlock, "reissued by the New York Review of Books. 'Excellent genre stuff. A riveting Western that's also a work of literature' " --NPR, Talk of the Nation "Also in '59 we simultaneously picked up on what I still think is among the finest of American novels, "Warlock," by Oakley Hall. We set about getting others to read it too, and for a while had a micro-cult going. Soon a number of us were talking in Warlock dialogue, a kind of thoughtful, stylized, Victorian Wild West diction."-Thomas Pynchon "Not since Walter Van Tilburg Clark's "The Oxbow Incident" has there been a novel of the West of as high a dramatic and literary quality as this one."-"Library Journal" ""Warlock" is a big novel in every sense of the word . . . Hall has earned his place above the literary salt with such as Van Tilburg Clark and Conrad Richter and A.B. Guthrie." -"San Francisco Chronicle" "Compelling . . . A powerful narrative that throbs unmistakably with the hum of a really big talent." -"Chicago Sunday Tribune" "Oakley Hall has a gift for making the historical moment immediate and concrete, pulsing and white-hot." -MacDonald Harris "Oakley Hall is among our most absorbing novelists." -"Los Angeles Times" "Oakley Hall is one of the country's finest writers." -Robert Stone "Like Henry James and Mark Twain, Oakley Hall is a master craftsman of the story. [His] dialogue is perfectly pitched, and intrigue will keep you turning the pages." -Amy Tan "Oakley Hall is a novelist who never seems to make a wrong move. His impulses for what's dramatic, for what will touch and move us, for how to engage the issues of the heart with those of the mind, all are uncommonly acute. He is a writer to read and read again." -Richard Ford "The mastery shines forth undimmed." -"S