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An Interview with Robert Olen Butler

An Interview with Robert Olen Butler was awarded the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for his collection of stories, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, the first of which originally appeared in The Missouri Review. He has also published several novels, including The Deuce, and most recently the best-selling and controversial They Whisper, an excerpt from which also appeared originally in MR. In addition he is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rosenthal Foundation Award. He teaches creative writing at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. This interview was conducted in February of 1994 in Columbia, Missouri, work. For information contact AAPL at PO Box 842, Columbia, MO, 65205 or call 1-800-447-2275. by Kay Bonetti, Director of the American Audio Prose Library. The Prose Library offers tapes of American authors reading and discussing their Interviewer: Your father was the chair of the theater department at St. Louis University and you grew up in Granite City, UUnois, the quintessential factory or blue-collar town. Butler: I spent summers working in the Granite City Steel mill. As I grew up I was every bit as comfortable talking Cardinals basebaU with feUow members of the labor gang at the blast furnace as I was talking aesthetic http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Missouri Review University of Missouri

An Interview with Robert Olen Butler

The Missouri Review , Volume 17 (3) – Oct 5, 1994

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Abstract

was awarded the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for his collection of stories, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, the first of which originally appeared in The Missouri Review. He has also published several novels, including The Deuce, and most recently the best-selling and controversial They Whisper, an excerpt from which also appeared originally in MR. In addition he is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rosenthal Foundation Award. He teaches creative writing at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. This interview was conducted in February of 1994 in Columbia, Missouri, work. For information contact AAPL at PO Box 842, Columbia, MO, 65205 or call 1-800-447-2275. by Kay Bonetti, Director of the American Audio Prose Library. The Prose Library offers tapes of American authors reading and discussing their Interviewer: Your father was the chair of the theater department at St. Louis University and you grew up in Granite City, UUnois, the quintessential factory or blue-collar town. Butler: I spent summers working in the Granite City Steel mill. As I grew up I was every bit as comfortable talking Cardinals basebaU with feUow members of the labor gang at the blast furnace as I was talking aesthetic

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The Missouri ReviewUniversity of Missouri

Published: Oct 5, 1994

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