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Mary Karr Summary

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  • 23 Literature Criticism

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The Mary Karr Study Pack contains about 195 pages of study material in 23 products, including:

Essays & Analysis (23)

7,811 words, approx. 27 pages
In the following essay, which was originally published in Parnassus magazine in 1991, Karr expounds her opinions on modern poetic techniques and presents a critique of contemporary neo-formalist poetr... Read more
1,506 words, approx. 6 pages
In the following review, Jordan applauds the level of detail and complex imagery in Viper Rum, characterizing Karr as “an exceptionally fine poet.” The cover of Mary Karr's recent... Read more
2,223 words, approx. 8 pages
In the following essay, Kitchen contrasts Viper Rum with several recent poetry collections, asserting that Karr's verse stands up favorably to the literary values she presented in her critical ... Read more
4,690 words, approx. 16 pages
In the following essay, McDowell discusses the emergence of the “Expansive poetry” or “neo-formalist” style in a selection of poetry volumes, analyzing Viper Rum within the... Read more
898 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review, Ullman asserts that the poems in Karr's Viper Rum effectively address “the persistent and unanswerable questions of the human condition” through themes of... Read more
14,156 words, approx. 48 pages
In the following essay, Selinger offers a critical reading of The Liars' Club within the context of the prose memoir genre and in conjunction with Karr's poetry volume Viper Rum and her ... Read more
1,190 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following review, Churchill expounds on the recurring thematic motifs in Viper Rum and analyzes the impact of Karr's struggles with her aging mother, the death of her father, and alcohol... Read more
2,174 words, approx. 8 pages
In the following interview, Karr discusses her literary career, her memoir Cherry, and her assessment of the memoir genre. Mary Karr says she had one complaint when The Liars' Club was publishe... Read more
684 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review, Marlantes argues that Cherry both captures and mirrors adolescence perfectly through its portrayal of boredom, loneliness, and self-consciousness. Adolescence is an ambiguous ... Read more
3,702 words, approx. 13 pages
In the following review, Oates presents a critical reading of The Liars' Club and Cherry within the context of the memoir literature genre. Oates praises both works but observes that the narrat... Read more
988 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following review, Sayers comments that, though Cherry avoids many of the pitfalls of contemporary confessional memoirs, the volume's narrative voice is ultimately flawed. Mary Karr has n... Read more
925 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following review, McFadden discusses the themes of lies, truth, memory, and storytelling in The Liars' Club. Memoirs inhabit the middle ground between truth and fiction. They can'... Read more
1,360 words, approx. 5 pages
In the following review, Shulman argues that, despite some problematic elements with the narrative voice in the volume's second half, Cherry is an admirable and “worthy sequel” to... Read more
3,814 words, approx. 13 pages
In the following essay, Pinsker examines a selection of recent memoirs, including The Liars' Club, and comments that a strong sense of place is a key element to a successful memoir. Pinsker add... Read more
509 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review, Bristow describes Karr's Cherry as “an amusing, warm account of growing up in late 1960s Texas” but comments that the story lacks a compelling plot or uni... Read more
961 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following review, Woods offers a mixed assessment of Cherry and observes that the central subject of the work is not sexual awakening but rather an intellectual awakening. The fin-de-siè... Read more
948 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following review, Donaldson applauds Karr for her vivid storytelling and brilliant use of narrative voice in The Liars' Club. Getting students to write openly and honestly about their ch... Read more
2,214 words, approx. 8 pages
In the following review, Wood examines the characteristics of confessional memoirs, arguing that the lies told in The Liars' Club are primarily “tricks of memory.” Richard Rayner&... Read more
756 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review, Young commends The Liars' Club as a “extraordinarily vivid and beautifully written” memoir, noting that the work transcends the traditionally “sala... Read more
700 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review, Hubbard compliments the “extraordinary vividness” of Karr's writing in The Liars' Club. To say that The Liars' Club is a memoir of a dysfunc... Read more
2,327 words, approx. 8 pages
In the following review, Harmon discusses The Liars' Club in conjunction with Karr's poetry and literary criticism, arguing that The Liars' Club “may become a classic. ... Read more
3,026 words, approx. 11 pages
In the following essay, Powers examines The Liars' Club in conjunction with other contemporary American memoirs that focus on father-daughter relationships. Powers praises Karr for “graf... Read more
671 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review of The Liars' Club, Gorence commends Karr for her vibrantly descriptive language, candid storytelling, and adept handling of sensitive issues. Perhaps the cover or the t... Read more
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