Stafford, Jean

Stafford, Jean,

1915–79, American writer, b. Covina, Calif., grad. Univ. of Colorado, 1936. Her literary reputation rests primarily on her exquisitely wrought short stories. Both these and her novels focus on lonely, isolated characters, usually children or adolescents, whom she depicts with gentle irony. Her works include the novels Boston Adventure (1944), The Mountain Lion (1948), and The Catherine Wheel (1952) and her Collected Stories (1969; Pulitzer Prize). She was married (1940–48) to Robert LowellLowell, Robert
(Robert Traill Spence Lowell 4th), 1917–77, American poet and translator, widely considered the preeminent American poet of the mid-20th cent., b. Boston, grad. Kenyon College (B.A., 1940).
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Stafford, Jean

(1915–79) writer; born in Covina, Calif. She studied at the University of Colorado (B.A. and M.A. 1936), and at Heidelberg University (Germany) (1936–37). She was married three times, notably to Robert Lowell (1940; divorced 1948), taught at several institutions, and won many awards. She wrote novels, children's fiction, and nonfiction, but is best known for her short stories, as in her Pulitzer Prize-winning work, The Short Stories of Jean Stafford (1969).
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