Often described as the greatest American short fiction writer, it is only since the release of the acclaimed film, IN THE BEDROOM, that the late Andre Dubus's name has become better known to the American public.
Perhaps because he was so widely regarded by writing afficianados, Dubus was the frequent subject of magazine, newspaper,and journal interviews during his long career. Unlike many writers, Dubus was unusually frank and unguarded in his interviews, often treating his interviewers to day-long experiences in which he spoke about his religious beliefs, his hopes, and his failures. By turns charming, bombastic, witty, and maudlin, Dubus revealed to his interviewers the same concerns, sorrows, and passions that so powerfully animate the characters in his fiction.
Editor Ross Gresham has assembled twenty-four of the best of these interviews, ranging in time from early in Dubus's career to the last one, conducted the day before he died of a heart attack in 1999. For the scholar, Gresham also includes a chronological bibliography of all interviews conducted with Dubus, with notes on and excerpts from the ones not reprinted in the collection.
LEAP OF THE HEART is a fascinating look into the mind of one of America's great artists, and a welcome companion to the publisher's 2001 release, ANDRE DUBUS: TRIBUTES edited by Donald Anderson.
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Ross Gresham is an Associate Professor of English at the U. S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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