FANNY HOWE, acclaimed as a poet and novelist, was born in Buffalo, NY, and brought up in Boston. For some years she was professor of literature at the University of California, San Diego, and later visiting writer/lecturer at various colleges in the USA and Ireland. She was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2001 and 2005, and for the Man Booker International Prize in 2015. She has won the National Poetry Foundation Award (twice) and the American Book Award for Fiction, among others.
BRONTE WILDE is an early novel by Fanny Howe, later revised and now published in this form for the first time. It is the tragic tale of a dispossessed young woman in thrall to a childhood friend, set against the background of the emerging counter-culture of the early 1960s. This is the first of her novels to be published in the UK.
“Howe transfigures our quicksilver hungers and contemporary condition into an art true to ‘the secular rule of life’. If Howe’s voice is that of the escaping nymph managing our shipwreck, we might not be safer than in her tote, finding our hope in the empathy that is imagining.” – HEATHER TRESELER, Boston Review
“I have not the least doubt that her work is parallel to Paul Auster’s…or any other writer thus whose books are not simply products for the market – albeit the work can reach a very large number of potential readers indeed. In Fanny’s case these will range from contemporary fellow writers questioning ways and
means in their art and all who find their enterprise of interest, to those who feel themselves confronted with deeply ingrained questions of religion, person, society, gender, politics, which almost anyone alive at this moment is trying to answer.” – ROBERT CREELEY
978-1-874400-75-2 158pp 2020