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Russell Banks : I write against Evil.
Russell Banks : I write against Evil.
Published: 2017/03/06
Channel: Actes Sud Éditions
Top author Russell Banks blasts Trump:
Top author Russell Banks blasts Trump: 'I think he is a deluded maniac'
Published: 2016/05/26
Channel: Global Conversation
Russell Banks on Writing Through the Voices of Outcasts, Criminals & Revolutionaries. 1 of 2
Russell Banks on Writing Through the Voices of Outcasts, Criminals & Revolutionaries. 1 of 2
Published: 2011/12/28
Channel: Democracy Now!
Russell Banks, "Voyager"
Russell Banks, "Voyager"
Published: 2016/06/21
Channel: Politics and Prose
On Contact: Memories Lost with Author Russell Banks
On Contact: Memories Lost with Author Russell Banks
Published: 2017/05/21
Channel: RT America
Feeding Moloch: The Sacrifice of Children on the Altar of Capitalism
Feeding Moloch: The Sacrifice of Children on the Altar of Capitalism
Published: 2014/11/12
Channel: Harvard Divinity School
Russell Banks "A Permanent Member of the Family"
Russell Banks "A Permanent Member of the Family"
Published: 2013/11/20
Channel: Politics and Prose
Extended Conversation: Russell Banks on
Extended Conversation: Russell Banks on 'Lost Memory of Skin'
Published: 2011/09/28
Channel: PBS NewsHour
Russell Banks On Strombo: Full Interview
Russell Banks On Strombo: Full Interview
Published: 2012/05/23
Channel: Strombo
Literary giant Russell Banks on freedom of speech
Literary giant Russell Banks on freedom of speech
Published: 2015/01/23
Channel: FRANCE 24 English
Russell Banks on Turning Novels into Movies
Russell Banks on Turning Novels into Movies
Published: 2012/05/22
Channel: Strombo
Russell Banks on Writing Through the Voices of Outcasts, Criminals & Revolutionaries. 2 of 2
Russell Banks on Writing Through the Voices of Outcasts, Criminals & Revolutionaries. 2 of 2
Published: 2011/12/28
Channel: Democracy Now!
Russell Banks : Donald Trump ? "Un fou furieux déconnecté de la réalité"
Russell Banks : Donald Trump ? "Un fou furieux déconnecté de la réalité"
Published: 2016/05/26
Channel: Global Conversation
Authors@Google: Russell Banks
Authors@Google: Russell Banks
Published: 2011/10/27
Channel: Talks at Google
Russell Banks reads from The Darling at the Village Voice Bookshop
Russell Banks reads from The Darling at the Village Voice Bookshop
Published: 2014/08/08
Channel: Yann Hellier
[23.01.2017] Rencontre Russell Banks - Bertrand Tavernier : Littérature et Cinéma
[23.01.2017] Rencontre Russell Banks - Bertrand Tavernier : Littérature et Cinéma
Published: 2017/02/14
Channel: Actes Sud Éditions
Azealia Banks Cries While Telling Her Side of the Russell Crowe Altercation
Azealia Banks Cries While Telling Her Side of the Russell Crowe Altercation
Published: 2016/10/29
Channel: lovelyti2002
For creating travel memories, Russell Banks prefers words to images
For creating travel memories, Russell Banks prefers words to images
Published: 2016/08/30
Channel: PBS NewsHour
Russell Banks - 28 minutes - ARTE
Russell Banks - 28 minutes - ARTE
Published: 2016/10/11
Channel: 28 minutes - ARTE
Bearing Witness in the Writings of Russell Banks: An Ingersoll Lecture Seminar with Russell Banks
Bearing Witness in the Writings of Russell Banks: An Ingersoll Lecture Seminar with Russell Banks
Published: 2014/12/03
Channel: Harvard Divinity School
Russell Banks: 2011 National Book Festival
Russell Banks: 2011 National Book Festival
Published: 2011/10/04
Channel: LibraryOfCongress
Acclaimed US author Russell Banks on globetrotting, refusing to take travel photos and Donald Trump
Acclaimed US author Russell Banks on globetrotting, refusing to take travel photos and Donald Trump
Published: 2017/06/06
Channel: FRANCE 24 English
Chris Hedges ‘On Contact
Chris Hedges ‘On Contact': Memories lost with author Russell Banks
Published: 2017/05/22
Channel: Chris Hedges
Russell Banks on Writing at Miami Book Fair
Russell Banks on Writing at Miami Book Fair
Published: 2014/11/24
Channel: Detroit Public TV
Bearing Witness in the Writings of Russell Banks: An Ingersoll Lecture Seminar with John Stauffer
Bearing Witness in the Writings of Russell Banks: An Ingersoll Lecture Seminar with John Stauffer
Published: 2014/10/16
Channel: Harvard Divinity School
The Banks Of The Musselshell. (Tom Russell)
The Banks Of The Musselshell. (Tom Russell)
Published: 2010/12/06
Channel: actlloyd
RUSSELL BANKS/GOSPEL MAN
RUSSELL BANKS/GOSPEL MAN
Published: 2010/02/13
Channel: Christopher Thaddeus Banks
Le Grand Invité du Nouveau Rendez Vous : Russell Banks
Le Grand Invité du Nouveau Rendez Vous : Russell Banks
Published: 2016/05/30
Channel: France Inter
Russell Banks at the NYS Writers Institute in 2008
Russell Banks at the NYS Writers Institute in 2008
Published: 2009/04/22
Channel: New York State Writers Institute
'Sarah Cole, A Type of Love Story' read by the author Russell Banks Part 1
Published: 2011/07/07
Channel: tyler stoering
Russell Banks A Permanent Member of the Family
Russell Banks A Permanent Member of the Family
Published: 2016/06/19
Channel: Diacritik
Russell,Banks,Shelgren
Russell,Banks,Shelgren
Published: 2008/04/18
Channel: Jim Fallon
Banks fait sauter l’Amérique
Banks fait sauter l’Amérique
Published: 2016/11/02
Channel: Entrée libre
Russell Banks, écrivain du réel
Russell Banks, écrivain du réel
Published: 2017/06/02
Channel: Europe 1
'Sarah Cole, A Type of Love Story' read by the author Russell Banks Part 4
Published: 2011/07/07
Channel: tyler stoering
Russell Banks at 50
Russell Banks at 50
Published: 2013/09/21
Channel: Graham Harris
Russell Banks, 2012 Finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal in Fiction
Russell Banks, 2012 Finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal in Fiction
Published: 2012/09/28
Channel: American Library Association
Russell Banks -- Lost Memory of Skin
Russell Banks -- Lost Memory of Skin
Published: 2012/01/20
Channel: MagersandQuinn
Russell Banks Extended Interview
Russell Banks Extended Interview
Published: 2009/06/19
Channel: Mountain Lake PBS
Russel Banks : "Trump est un homme puéril, ignorant, narcissique"
Russel Banks : "Trump est un homme puéril, ignorant, narcissique"
Published: 2017/06/02
Channel: Europe 1
Russell Banks reads How Big a Character is Xin by Hu Shigen
Russell Banks reads How Big a Character is Xin by Hu Shigen
Published: 2008/09/01
Channel: PEN America
Russell Banks-Lost Memory of Skin-Bookbits author interview
Russell Banks-Lost Memory of Skin-Bookbits author interview
Published: 2011/12/08
Channel: Craig Rintoul
The Reserve by Russell Banks review -  Roman Griffen
The Reserve by Russell Banks review - Roman Griffen
Published: 2008/02/06
Channel: RomanReview
The Center for Fiction Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner
The Center for Fiction Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner
Published: 2016/01/13
Channel: The Center for Fiction
Conker - Russell Banks
Conker - Russell Banks
Published: 2013/07/19
Channel: MrRonanCorrigan
Steve Bertrand on Books: Russell Banks on being a writer
Steve Bertrand on Books: Russell Banks on being a writer
Published: 2011/10/19
Channel: BlackDog RadioProductions
russell banks ap english
russell banks ap english
Published: 2014/05/28
Channel: Gabrielle Tegiacchi
Russell Banks with Stona Fitch, 27 March 2013
Russell Banks with Stona Fitch, 27 March 2013
Published: 2013/04/02
Channel: Lannan Foundation
The Retiree
The Retiree
Published: 2015/05/10
Channel: ThePJMcConnell
Russell L Banks
Russell L Banks
Published: 2014/07/16
Channel: prentis CARTER
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Russell Banks
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Russell Banks at the 2011 Texas Book Festival.
Born (1940-03-28) March 28, 1940 (age 77)
Newton, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Notable works Continental Drift, Affliction, Rule of the Bone, Cloudsplitter, The Darling, The Sweet Hereafter
Spouse Chase Twichell

Russell Banks (born March 28, 1940) is an American writer of fiction and poetry. As a novelist, Banks is best known for his "detailed accounts of domestic strife and the daily struggles of ordinary often-marginalized characters".[1] His stories usually revolve around his own childhood experiences, and often reflect "moral themes and personal relationships".[1]

Banks is a member of the International Parliament of Writers and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Biography[edit]

Russell Banks was born in Newton, Massachusetts on March 28, 1940 and grew up "in relative poverty".[2] His father, Earl, deserted the family when Banks was aged 12.[3] While he was awarded a scholarship to attend Colgate University, he dropped out six weeks into university and travelled south instead, with the "intention of joining Fidel Castro's insurgent army in Cuba, but wound up working in a department store in Lakeland, Florida".[3] He married a sales clerk and they had a daughter.[4]

According to an interview with The Independent, he started to write when he was living in Miami in the late 1950s, though an interview with The Paris Review dates this to Banks's subsequent spell living in Boston. He moved back to New England in 1964 and then to North Carolina, where he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, funded by the family of his second wife, Mary Gunst.[2][3][4][5] In Chapel Hill, Banks was involved in Students for a Democratic Society and protest during the Civil Rights Movement.[2] In 1976, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.[6] Banks divorced Mary Gunst in 1977 after 14 years of marriage. He was subsequently married to Kathy Walton, an editor at Harper & Row, for five years.[4]

Banks now lives in Keene, upstate New York, though spends the winters in Miami.[7] He was a New York State Author for 2004–2006.[8] He is also Artist-in-Residence at the University of Maryland.[2] He has taught creative writing at Princeton University.[9] He is married to the poet Chase Twichell, his fourth wife.[2] Banks has four daughters from his previous marriages.[3]

Banks was the 1985 recipient of the John Dos Passos Prize for fiction. Continental Drift and Cloudsplitter were finalists for the 1986 and 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction respectively.[10][11] Banks was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996.[12]

Works and themes[edit]

His work has been translated into twenty languages and has received numerous international prizes and awards. He has written fiction, and more recently, non-fiction, with Dreaming up America. His main works include the novels Continental Drift, Rule of the Bone, Cloudsplitter, The Sweet Hereafter, and Affliction. The latter two novels were each made into feature films in 1997 (see The Sweet Hereafter and Affliction). Many of Banks's works reflect his working-class upbringing. His stories often show people facing tragedy and downturns in everyday life, expressing sadness and self-doubt, but also showing resilience and strength in the face of their difficulties.[13] Banks has also written short stories, some of which appear in the collection The Angel on the Roof, as well as poetry. Banks has also lived in Jamaica. Interviewed in 1998 for The Paris Review, he stated that:

After living in Jamaica and writing The Book of Jamaica, I accepted that I was obliged, for example, to have African-American friends. I was obliged to address, deliberately, the overlapping social and racial contexts of my life. I'm a white man in a white-dominated, racialized society, therefore, if I want to I can live my whole life in a racial fantasy. Most white Americans do just that. Because we can. In a color-defined society we are invited to think that white is not a color. We are invited to fantasize, and we act accordingly.[3]

The themes of Continental Drift (1985) include globalization and unrest in Haiti. His 2004 novel The Darling is largely set in Liberia and deals with the racial and political experience of the white American narrator.

Writing in the Journal of American Studies, Anthony Hutchison argues that, "[a]side from William Faulkner it is difficult to think of a white twentieth-century American writer who has negotiated the issue of race in as sustained, unflinching and intelligent a fashion as Russell Banks".[14]

Critics[edit]

According to Robert Faggen in The Paris Review, Banks's debut novel, Family Life, "was not a critical success". His next volume, a collection of short stories called Searching for Survivors, won Banks an O. Henry Award. A second collection of short stories, The New World, published in 1978, "received acclaim for its blending of historical and semi-autobiographical material".[3]

Many have admired Russell Banks' realistic writing, which often explores American social dilemmas and moral struggles. Reviewers have appreciated his portrayal of the working-class people struggling to overcome destructive relationships, poverty, drug abuse, and spiritual confusion. Scholars have variously compared Banks's fiction to the works of Raymond Carver, Richard Ford, and Andre Dubus. Christine Benvenuto has commented that "Banks writes with an intensely focused empathy and a compassionate sense of humor that help to keep readers, if not his characters, afloat through the misadventures and outright tragedies of his books." [15]

In 2011, The Guardian's Tom Cox selected Cloudsplitter as one of his "overlooked classics of American literature".[16]

Awards and honors[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

Novels
Russell Banks talks about Lost Memory of Skin on Bookbits radio.
Story collections
Poetry
Nonfiction

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Russell Banks – Student Encyclopedia (Ages 11 and up)". Student Encyclopedia. Retrieved October 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Freeman, John (May 9, 2008). "Russell Banks: Class warrior in a club tie". The Independent. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Faggen, Robert (Summer 1998). "Russell Banks, The Art of Fiction No. 152". The Paris Review (147). Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Hubbard, Kim (November 13, 1989). "Russell Banks's Tale of Family Violence Hits Close to Home". People. 32 (20). 
  5. ^ "Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus Award Recipients". 
  6. ^ "Russell Banks". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ Barron, Jesse (December 12, 2012). "A Conversation With Russell Banks". Harper's Magazine. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Website of New York State Writers Institute". 
  9. ^ Wendland, Joel (January 21, 2004). "Writing Class: An Interview with Russell Banks". Political Affairs. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  10. ^ "1986 Finalists". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  11. ^ "The 1999 Pulitzer Prize Winners: Fiction". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved May 17, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Interview: Russell Banks". IdentityTheory.com. January 18, 2005. Retrieved December 9, 2007. 
  14. ^ Hutchison, Anthony (2007). "Representative Man: John Brown and the Politics of Redemption in Russell Banks's Cloudsplitter". Journal of American Studies. 41 (1): 67–82. doi:10.1017/S0021875806002751. 
  15. ^ Burns and Hunter, Tom and Jeffery W. "Russell Banks". Retrieved October 23, 2011. 
  16. ^ Cox, Tom (November 10, 2011). "Overlooked classics of American literature: Cloudsplitter by Russell Banks". The Guardian. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  17. ^ Neal Wyatt (May 21, 2012). "Wyatt's World: The Carnegie Medals Short List". Library Journal. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

  • McEneaney, Kevin T. (2010). Russell Banks: In Search of Freedom. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger. ISBN 0313381658. 
  • Niemi, Robert (1997). Russell Banks. Twayne, NY: Twayne. ISBN 080574018X. 

External links[edit]

Literary links

Interviews

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