Carol Shields Summary

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955 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following review, Rodd asserts that A Celibate Season makes pleasurable use of the co-written epistolary form, but judges the story as complacent and lacking the depth of Shields's previ... Read more
794 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review, Allardice asserts that Shields's Jane Austen is a sincere and balanced biography that offers enlightening readings of Austen's work. Ever since Colin Firth strod... Read more
851 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review of Jane Austen, Keates praises Shields's depiction of Austen and her career, and values the focus within the biography on Austen's artistic development. Until rec... Read more
827 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review, Cusk offers high praise for Unless, calling it a remarkable novel about the realities of women's marginalized place in society. I have always taken a pleasure in Carol ... Read more
1,258 words, approx. 5 pages
In the following review, Ratcliffe offers high praise for Unless, asserting that the story demonstrates Shields at her tragi-comic best. In a teasing gesture towards critics who have suggested that sh... Read more
911 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following review, Brookner assesses Unless as a charming novel that addresses the marginalization of women in society. It is hard to describe what makes this resolutely old-fashioned novel [Unl... Read more
907 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following review, Charles describes Unless as a mischievous monologue that is remarkably subtle and unsettling. You wouldn't expect it from her, but Carol Shields has written a naughty b... Read more
1,144 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following review, Ciabattari judges Unless as a consummately poignant and artistic novel. Unless, Carol Shields' 10th novel, is a thing of beauty—lucidly written, artfully ordered... Read more
2,204 words, approx. 8 pages
In the following review of Jane Austen, Hammill comments that Shields provides a genuinely new perspective on Austen's life while highlighting the speculative nature of biography. My debt to Ja... Read more
2,227 words, approx. 8 pages
In the following essay, Ricci offers a personal account of her encounters with Shields as a fellow novelist. Ricci praises Shields's experimental narrative structure and shifting points of view... Read more
1,823 words, approx. 7 pages
In the following review, Showalter describes Unless as a novel that takes aesthetic and imaginative risks and debates questions of women's art and its reception. The debate about women's... Read more
2,662 words, approx. 9 pages
In the following review, Sterns asserts that a fundamental weakness of Unless is Shields's failure to adequately define or sufficiently explore her central thematic concern with the concept of ... Read more
870 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review, Bond describes Unless as a powerful and funny novel that provides insight into the process of writing. … unless, with its elegiac undertones, is a term used in logic, a... Read more
1,170 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following obituary, Colvin provides a brief overview of Shields's life and work. The success of Carol Shields' novels lies in the immaculate style of her writing and her feeling f... Read more
656 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following obituary, Levy provides a brief overview of Shields's life and work. Carol Shields, 68, whose empathetic and witty novels about the lives of ordinary people included the Pulitz... Read more
1,028 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following obituary, McLellan provides a brief overview of Shields's life and work. Carol Shields, an acclaimed Canadian writer whose novel The Stone Diaries earned her a Pulitzer Prize i... Read more
531 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review, Hagen lauds Shields's “realistic focus” on her characters's lives in Unless, maintaining that Shields “is one of our best” contempora... Read more
1,854 words, approx. 7 pages
In the following review, Schwartz compares the stories in Dressing Up for the Carnival to Shields's novels, observing that the stories are more rooted in ideas than in character. A spotlight o... Read more
6,015 words, approx. 21 pages
In the following review, Oates discusses Shields's Dressing Up for the Carnival along with several other recent story collections by various authors. Oates comments that Shields's storie... Read more
846 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review of Happenstance, Coates discusses the role of employment and work in the lives of the two central characters. In a recent interview, Carol Shields confessed that she was ȁ... Read more
604 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review, Glazebrook asserts that the two central characters in A Celibate Season are unsympathetic, and comments that the novel as a whole cannot overcome the limitations of the episto... Read more
1,885 words, approx. 7 pages
In the review below, MacDonald praises Small Ceremonies and places Shields within the Canadian literary tradition. At a time when some Canadian writers are getting on cultural bandwagons, or are parti... Read more
4,085 words, approx. 14 pages
In the essay below, Weil considers structure and narration in Shields's short stories. I My first thought this morning is for Beth, how on earth she'll cope now that Ted's left h... Read more
902 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following review of the expanded edition of Happenstance, Armstrong discusses the significance of daily events in the lives of the two characters. The two novellas between the covers of Happens... Read more
756 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review of The Orange Fish, Spettigue compares Shields' writing with the work of Alice Munro. Twelve stories in the post-post fashion. They begin casually, they wander about, so... Read more
880 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review of The Republic of Love, Donovan argues that Shields has taken the typical romance and infused it with depth and realism. Carol Shields a romance writer? In her latest novel, T... Read more
1,013 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following review of Coming to Canada, Hamelin praises Shields's poetry, stating that in it readers hear the same poignant voice of her novels. It is difficult to read Carol Shields... Read more
1,547 words, approx. 6 pages
In the following review of Small Ceremonies and The Box Garden, Lipton compares the protagonists from each novel. Small Ceremonies and The Box Garden, Carol Shields' earliest published novels, ... Read more
2,823 words, approx. 10 pages
In the essay below, Page discusses Shields's observations about fiction, biography, and sources in Small Ceremonies. Carol Shields' first novel, Small Ceremonies (1976), is short, light ... Read more
1,072 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following review, Horvath argues that A Fairly Conventional Woman fails to live up to the high standards Shields established in her earlier novels. Carol Shields began her writing career as a p... Read more
7,053 words, approx. 24 pages
In the following interview, Shields discusses genre, form, and her writing process as they relate to several of her works. [Roo:] You display a good deal of formal versatility in your writing. You hav... Read more
4,713 words, approx. 16 pages
In the following essay, Wachtel provides an overview of Shields's life and career. Four years ago, when Carol Shields turned 50, her writing turned a corner. The titles tell all. Before: Small ... Read more
1,858 words, approx. 7 pages
In the following review, Fellman discusses Shields's interest in form and personality in Swann and her investigations into order and chaos in the stories in Various Miracles. Now that the US an... Read more