Amy Hempel

Rachel Lister (University of Durham)
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Amy Hempel is an internationally-acclaimed short-story writer and journalist, celebrated by critics, writers and readers for her economical approach to form and style, her sensitive handling of loss and alienation and her penetrating wit. To date she has published five collections of short stories, two of which include a novella.

Hempel was born in Chicago in 1951. Words played an important role in her life from an early age. She tells the Paris Review:

I had a mother I could only seem to please with verbal accomplishments of some sort or another. She read constantly, so I read constantly. If I used words that might have seemed surprising at a young age, she would recognize that and it would please her. …

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Citation: Lister, Rachel. "Amy Hempel". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 August 2021 [, accessed 28 November 2023.]

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