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Cynthia Shearer

Cynthia Shearer is the author of two works of fiction, The Celestial Jukebox (Shoemaker & Hoard/Avalon, 2005) and The Wonder Book of the Air (Pantheon/Vintage, 1996), which won the 1996 prize for fiction from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. Her work has appeared in such publications as Tri-Quarterly, the Missouri Review, and the Oxford American. Formerly a curator of Rowan Oak, William Faulkner’s home in Oxford, Mississippi, she teaches at Texas Christian University


Richard Ford and the Course of American Empire

Fall 2014 | Criticism

Does the prospect of love lure a man forward into refuge or is it the inevitable hazard of a lived life? What’s the fair-market worth of the word possibility these days? How tightly is the pursuit of happiness indexed to the commonweal? And how’s that Manifest Destiny notion working out for you, America?