Jane Smiley

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Jane Smiley (born September 26, 1949) is an American novelist.


Born in Los Angeles, California, Smiley grew up in Webster Groves, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, and graduated from John Burroughs School. She obtained an A.B. in literature at Vassar College (1971), then earned an MA at the University of Iowa (1975), M.F.A. (1976) and Ph.D. from the University of ... more »

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  • ''My characters never die screaming in rage. They attempt to pull themselves back together and go on. And that's basically a conservative view of life.''
    Jane Smiley (b. 1949), U.S. novelist. As quoted in Listen to Their Voices, ch. 8, by Mickey Pearlman (1993).
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