Mason, Bobbie Ann

Mason, Bobbie Ann,

1940–, American regional author, b. Mayfield, Ky., grad. Univ. of Kentucky (B.A., 1962), State Univ. of New York, Binghamton (M.A., 1966), Univ. of Connecticut (Ph.D., 1972). Her dissertation, a study of nature imagery in NabokovNabokov, Vladimir
, 1899–1977, Russian-American author, b. St. Petersburg, Russia. He emigrated to England after the Russian Revolution of 1917 and graduated from Cambridge in 1922. He moved to the United States in 1940.
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 Ada, was published as Nabokov's Garden (1974) and was followed by The Girl Sleuth (1975), a feminist guide to Nancy Drew and her ilk. Mason taught (1972–79) at Pennsylvania's Mansfield College, leaving academia to become a full-time writer. She is best known for her acutely observed short stories of working-class life in the New South, which began to appear in the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, and other magazines in the early 1980s. The pop-culture milieu of strip malls, tract houses, fast-food joints, and trash television characterizes her highly acclaimed first volume of stories, Shiloh and Other Stories (1982), and reappears with other facets of contemporary Southern life in later collections—Love Life (1989), Midnight Magic (1998), and Zigzagging down a Wild Trail (2001). Mason has also written novels, e.g., In Country (1982), Feather Crowns (1993), and An Atomic Romance (2005).

Bibliography

See her Clear Springs: A Memoir (1999); A. Wilhelm, Bobbie Ann Mason: A Study of the Short Fiction (1998); J. Price, Understanding Bobbie Ann Mason (1998).

References in periodicals archive ?
Mason, Bobbie Ann. "Shiloh." Shiloh and Other Stories.