The Times Are Never So Bad

Robert Penn Warren, that grand and durable and wise man, once said he believed that so many of our writers come from the south because growing up in the south (in Warren's youth and for years afterward) gave one a constant dialectic: ...

The Times Are Never So Bad

A classic collection that contains some of the author’s “most compelling and suspenseful” work—including ‘The Pretty Girl’ and ‘A Father’s Story’ (Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Times Book Review). In his fourth collection, Andre Dubus revisits his central themes of infidelity and fallibility, exploring the minds of his characters with unflinching honesty and unfailing compassion. Set in the New England landscape, and populated by the complex, damaged individuals he has come to claim as his own, these stories are ultimately characterized by their extraordinary ordinariness. They are a reverent testament to the passion and sadness of humble lives. Deeply moving and insightful, The Times Are Never So Bad is yet another masterful work by a writer whose Chekhovian sensibilities inform—yet never distract from—his own fully realized perspective. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Andre Dubus including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate.

Understanding Andre Dubus

Review of The Times Are Never So Bad. Village Voice Literary Supplement, February 23, 1984: 3–4. Lewis, Robert P. “'No More Male and Female': Bodiliness and Eucharist in Andre Dubus's Stories.” Religion and the Arts 6.1–2 (2002): 36–51.

Understanding Andre Dubus

Andre Dubus (1936–1999), the author of short stories, novellas, essays, and two novels, is perhaps best known as the author of the story "Killings," which was adapted into the film In the Bedroom, a nominee for five Academy Awards in 2001. His work received many awards, including the PEN New England Award, the PEN Malamud Award, the Rea Award for the Short Story, and the Jean Stein Award. In Understanding Andre Dubus, Olivia Carr Edenfield focuses on the major influences that span Dubus's canon—his Catholic upbringing, Marine Corps service, and turn to fiction at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, as well as the influence that a life-threatening accident had on his work. Edenfield traces how Dubus's experiences serve as a backdrop for the major themes that run through his work: faith, family, and infidelity. His marriages, the complex relationships with his children, and his difficult recovery from a car accident exerted a powerful influence on his work. Dubus also took up the complicated themes of love and marriage, fatherhood and faith, and despair and spiritual healing; his subjects and style were influenced significantly by Ernest Hemingway. After Dubus's novel Broken Vessels was named a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize in 1991, he returned to writing short stories, the genre for which he is still renowned. He focused on a character much like himself who had to learn to navigate the world while afflicted with physical and spiritual disability. In 1996 he published his critically acclaimed short story cycle Dancing after Hours, an appropriate ending to a career that celebrated the healing power of the human heart.

Conversations with Andre Dubus

The new book is called The Times Are Never So Bad. It's from a line from St. Thomas More, “The times are never so bad but that a good man can live in them.” D.H. More of that growing faith in your people being able to save them— selves?

Conversations with Andre Dubus

Over three decades, celebrated fiction writer Andre Dubus (1936-1999) published seven collections of short stories, two collections of essays, two collections of previously published stories, two novels, and a novella. While this is an impressive publishing record for any writer, for Dubus, who suffered a near-fatal accident mid-career, it is near miraculous. Just after midnight on July 23, 1986, after stopping to assist two stranded motorists, Dubus was struck by a car. His right leg was crushed and his left leg had to be amputated above the knee. After months of hospital stays and surgeries, he would suffer chronic pain for the rest of his life. However, when he gave his first interview after the accident, his deepest fear was that he would never write again. This collection of interviews traces his career beginning in 1967 with the publication of his novel The Lieutenant, to his final interview given right before his death February 24, 1999. In between are conversations that focus on his shift to essay writing during his long recovery period as well as those that celebrate his return to fiction with the publication of "The Colonel's Wife," in 1993. Dubus would share as well stories surrounding his Louisiana childhood, his three marriages, the writers who influenced him, and his deep Catholic faith.

The history of the university of Cambridge and of Waltham abbey

Or else , when their books are ended , yet they are not ended ; because , though never so cautiously written ... let me premise this distinction : -That there is a sinful and sinless agreeableness with the times , be they never so bad .

The history of the university of Cambridge  and of Waltham abbey


Reports from Commissioners

It is never so bad as to stop traffic entirely ; but , at times , in spite of exertion to keep it in order , it is so very much broken up , as to occasion much delay and uncertainty in the time of arrival of passengers and goods . 418.

Reports from Commissioners


The Gentleman s Magazine

... and some thousand dunces There never yet was Britain's lord , Bceu , through his Commentaries , whipt Who better knew to rule , or better was at school . ” obey'd . " « Times were never so bad as at We conclude our extracts with the ...

The Gentleman s Magazine


The Mysteries of London

Misery , more grinding , more pinching , and more “ Alas : my poor child , " answered the old wo . acute than any which they had yet known , now surman , " the times were never so bad as they are at rounded the father and daughter .

The Mysteries of London


Punch

artists are , it seems , one In like manner , MR . and all in a terrible con- STANFIELD suffered from dition . There is , it a sudden thickness of ... Baptista assures Mathias that if the picture once vary THE TIMES WERE NEVER SO BAD .

Punch


Stalin s Great Science The Times And Adventures Of Soviet Physicists

4, seldom discommend any thing though never so bad... Tis safer to commend any thing more then it deserves yn to discommend a thing so much as it deserves” (Newton 1959, 9–10). He goes on with a commentary: “Some biographers describe ...

Stalin s Great Science  The Times And Adventures Of Soviet Physicists

World-class science and technology developed in the Soviet Union during Stalin's dictatorial rule under conditions of political violence, lack of international contacts, and severe restrictions on the freedom of information. Stalin's Great Science: The Times and Adventures of Soviet Physicists is an invaluable book that investigates this paradoxical success by following the lives and work of Soviet scientists — including Nobel Prize-winning physicists Kapitza, Landau, and others — throughout the turmoil of wars, revolutions, and repression that characterized the first half of Russia's twentieth century.The book examines how scientists operated within the Soviet political order, communicated with Stalinist politicians, built a new system of research institutions, and conducted groundbreaking research under extraordinary circumstances. Some of their novel scientific ideas and theories reflected the influence of Soviet ideology and worldview and have since become accepted universally as fundamental concepts of contemporary science. In the process of making sense of the achievements of Soviet science, the book dismantles standard assumptions about the interaction between science, politics, and ideology, as well as many dominant stereotypes — mostly inherited from the Cold War — about Soviet history in general. Science and technology were not only granted unprecedented importance in Soviet society, but they also exerted a crucial formative influence on the Soviet political system itself. Unlike most previous studies, Stalin's Great Science recognizes the status of science as an essential element of the Soviet polity and explores the nature of a special relationship between experts (scientists and engineers) and communist politicians that enabled the initial rise of the Soviet state and its mature accomplishments, until the pact eroded in later years, undermining the communist regime from within.

Punch

Your ladyship spoke of them as in increasing family of outcasts , about this time . Always a large and danger of " the grossest insults , ” and alluded to certain " most un . wretched class , they were never so numerous and so wretched ...

Punch


The Runaway Heiress

But other than that the only personal objects were his clothes and a couple of books on his bedside table : Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet , Ingmar Bergman's The Magic Lantern , Andre Dubus's The Times Are Never So Bad , George ...

The Runaway Heiress

“You'll stay up long past your bedtime to finish this fast-paced thrill ride where a couple runs up against the dark side of human nature and an enemy who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan A brave woman on the run from her vindictive husband faces a dangerous path in the thrilling new romantic suspense novel from Oscar-nominated actress Meg Tilly. Sarah Rainsford has been on the run for more than three years. She's changed identities yet again in hopes of throwing her violent estranged husband, a police lieutenant, off her trail. Since she's still legally married to him, and he is willing to bend any laws to get his hands on her inheritance, he'll stop at nothing to locate her. With a new name and fake ID papers, she lands a job as a personal assistant to none other than Hollywood's golden boy director Mick Talford. He's a difficult client but she senses hidden depths to him. Once Mick and Sarah combine forces in a desperate attempt to keep Sarah out of harm's way, they build a strong bond . . . but with danger trailing them, is it enough to keep them both alive?

A Sermon preached at the Funeral of M Anthony Hinton late Treasurer of St Bartholomews Hospital On the 15th of November 1678 etc

But ( God be thanked ) this is not our case , and I hope will never be . We have no Statutes of Omri , no manners of the house of Ahab to obey , but such a Government as , be the times never so bad , we may be as good as we will in them ...

A Sermon preached at the Funeral of M  Anthony Hinton  late Treasurer of St  Bartholomews Hospital  On the 15th  of November  1678  etc


Encyclopedia of the American Novel

The Times Are Never So Bad. Boston: Godine, 1983. Voices from the Moon. Boston: Godine, 1984; London: Picador, 1987. We Don't Live Here Anymore: The Novellas of Andre Dubus. New York: Crown, 1984; London:Pan, 1984.

Encyclopedia of the American Novel

Provides a comprehensive reference to the novel in American literature with over 900 entries containing critical analyses and synopses of individual novels, novelist biographies, essays on fiction genres, and more.

The Clinique

He said the young woman was unconscious — that she had been so several times before , but never so bad as now . From what he told me I thought I was likely to find a patient in an hysterical attack .

The Clinique


The Month

In The Times Are Never So Bad ( Boston : Godine , 1983 ) , pp . 179-80 . 9. ' Going Under , ' in Separate Flights ( Boston : Godine , 1975 ) , p . 122 . 10. ' Adultery , ' in Adultery and Other Choices ( Boston : Godine , 1977 ) , p.158 ...

The Month


The Crown Glory of Christianity Or Holiness the Only Way to Happiness Etc

Let the times never so often turn , you shall find that be chat is really holy , will be holy under every turn : no ... If the times thould be so sad and bad , thac holy persons should not be able to hold fast their estates , cheir ...

The Crown Glory of Christianity  Or Holiness  the Only Way to Happiness  Etc