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Secret Lives of Adults

Title: The Secret Lives of Adults: Stories.
Name(s): Walsh, Ryan, author
Winegardner, Mark, professor directing thesis
Berry, R. M., committee member
Butler, Robert Olen, committee member
Department of English, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2003
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: There is a famous Chekhov quote that goes, "There ought to be a man with a hammer behind the door of every happy man, to remind him by his constant knocks that there are unhappy people, and that happy as he himself may be, life will sooner or later show him its claws." Passive protagonists having good days are hardly, if ever, the components of lasting, memorable fiction. The protagonists of these stories confront life's claws. Developing these stories, I was particularly concerned with knowing the protagonist's voice and using it to guide my writing. The stories are all either first-person or third-person-limited. Sometimes I knew where the story was going from the outset; other times the path of the story unfurled as it was written. The crux in writing these stories was to stay consistent with the narrative voice, through every impulsive maneuver. Humor is an important component of these stories. I admire characters that find solace in humor, and I find humor is an effective device to subtly punctuate the deftness of many risky narrative situations. Every story contained within is a footnote to other stories; they are the stories of an apprentice given go at the forge.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-1327 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis Submitted to the Department of English in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2003.
Date of Defense: October 23, 2003.
Keywords: Nonfiction, Fiction, No yearning, Yearning, Human, Short Stories, Darkly Funny, Disturbing, Serious, Dynamo, Sprawling, Sad, Menacing, Surreal, Real, Muscular, Rhetorical
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Mark Winegardner, Professor Directing Thesis; R. M. Berry, Committee Member; Robert Olen Butler, Committee Member.
Subject(s): English literature
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Owner Institution: FSU

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