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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Poetry

Born: 1937 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Howland was born in Chicago and lived there until 1975.

Biographical and Professional Information

Bette Howland was a writer and literary critic. She worked as a librarian and did editorial work for the University of Chicago Press. She also wrote for Commentary Magazine and was a friend of Illinois and Nobel Prize-winning Illinois author, Saul Bellow.

In 1978, she was awarded with a Guggenheim Fellowship and in 1984 a MacArthur Genius Grant. Near the end of her life, her stories found new readers when a portfolio of her work appeared in a special issue of, A Public Space magazine, exploring a generation of women writers, their lifetimes of work, and questions of anonymity and public attention in art.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- """Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage: The Selected Stories of Bette Howland"""

-- *Best New Book, Booklist

-- *Best Book,

-- *Best Book of 2019 so far, Chicago Public Library

-- *Best Fiction Writer to Discover, Kirkus, 2019

-- *Best Short Fiction, Kirkus, 2019