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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  George Chambers  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: 1931 in Peoria, Illinois

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George Chambers was born in Peoria, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

George Chambers is a long-time experimental fictionist. He was a Professor of English at Bradley University until his retirement in 2011.


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Titles At Your Library

The Scourging of W.H.D. Wretched Hutchinson and Other Stories
ISBN: 0963809911

Summer House. 1995

Null Set and Other Stories
ISBN: 0914590340

Fiction Collective 2. 1977

The Dean is about to fire Professor Shakespeare because he lisps. In a tirade of racial and sexual bigotry, an old man defines moral integrity. An immigrant enters an "adult" bookstore and comes out in tears. Starved and hallucinating, a young man finds himself among the rescuers of the Donner Party. A man concerned with his "social survival" uses the wrong plate at a dinner party. Sitting at the right hand of God, a madame defends her trade as Art. A man says the rosary of defeat. An immigrant couple kiss a brick from Ernest Hemingway's swimming pool. A rape victim testifies to a life without choices. An old peasant goes to town to buy a letter to send his daughter in America. A cake becomes the supreme gesture of affection.

The Last Man Standing
ISBN: 0932511201

Fiction Collective 2. 1990

First, the voice of my father. First, the rasping death rattle of his voice calling me. His voice everywhere, surrounding. Each way I turn, his voice equally there, calling my name. Boy, rattled the voice. Boy. I start in each direction to go to him, but I hear the voice everywhere so I stand still. Boy, says the voice, its rattle thinning, hollowing. A thick fogbank rolling in over the water, father's figure rising from it. Father's figure draped in blue, a blue gown, his face swollen and bruised. A smear of yellow on his chest, a badge of yellow pulsing in the blue fabric. I rush into the water, shouting his name. Father! Just as I am about to dive and swim to him, he holds up his hand, commanding me to stop. I stand waist-deep in the freezing water. Murder, he says. I am murder. Is he saying murder, or mother? I can't be sure. Boy, Father says. I am put to death. No, I shout. No! The figure continues to rise, to swell as a corpse might after days in the water. It points at me. Boy, it commands. Find the one. Punish. Father! I shout, as the figure loses its structure, collapses into the rolling fogbank. Above the whispering I hear one last word. Sign, the deathsound says. Sign.

THE TWILIGHT OF THE BUMS
ISBN: 0978881133

Starcherone Books. 2008

Fiction. Illustrated by Tom Motley. Culminating his life-long engagement with the work and spectre of Samuel Beckett, Raymond Federman here pairs with fellow fictionist George Chambers (Null Set & Other Stories) to create the stories and dialogues of two vagabonds musing in the long shadows of Waiting for Godot. Add brilliant drawings by cartoonist Tom Motley and you have a one-of-a-kind book, at once profound and immersed in trivia, playful and yet as serious as death. "Stan & Oliver, Frog & Toad, Bud & Lou, The Sunshine Boys, Bill & Ted, Bouvard & Pecuchet--but most of all Vladimir and Estragon--stand behind this book like defrocked priests at an inquest. Old men rule!, at least in the glimmer of a watery eye and inconstant heart"--Charles Bernstein.