American Writers, Supplement XVI by Leonard Unger, Jay Parini

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Oh—the pecking order! In everything from hawk’seye weeds to alpha wolves to E. coli bacteria to Ivy League graduates. Inherited in wild creatures’ genes, inherited in human beings’ capital, inherited in childhood expectations. Then, in both animals and people, taught by parents to their young as if it were a virtue. That is where we would have our quarrel. (p. ) But in recalling her childhood, whether in her stories or as in this essay and others, Bly recognizes the complexity of influence. ” (Three Readings, p.

Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1995. ) The Sky, The Stars, The Wilderness. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1997. ” Boston Globe, October 20, 2002, p. D7. ) Dixon, Terrell F. ” American Nature Writers, Vol. 1, Edward Abbey to John McPhee. Edited by John Elder. New York: Scribners, 1996. Weltzien, O. Alan, ed. The Literary Art and Activism of Rick Bass. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2001. ) ———. Rick Bass. Boise State University Western Writers Series, no. 134. Boise, Idaho: Boise State University Press, 1998.

My entire novel consisted of two sheets of typing paper, each folded in half, torn along the folds, then folded again into quarters. I had common-pinned the signatures together through the spine. ” (Three Readings, p. 35) Bly’s mother responded with criticism of young Carol’s misspelling, reading the story out loud and pronouncing the intended “whipping” as “wiping” over and over again. In retrospect, Bly identifies this as bullying, and as an adult she explored the nature of bullies in her short stories and her essays, as well as in a 1996 compilation titled Changing the Bully Who Rules the World: Reading and Thinking about Ethics.

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