Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson, whose reviews have appeared regularly in our pages across many years, has published two novels, five collections of short stories, and several volumes of nonfiction. He lives in Atlanta and teaches in the graduate writing program at Kennesaw State University.

Georgia Review Archive for Greg Johnson

on Hemingway in Cuba by Norberto Fuentes

on New & Selected Essays by Howard Nemerov

Dickinson: Upon the First Centennial (on Dickinson: Strategies of Limitation by Jane Donahue Eberwein; Emily Dickinson and the Life of Language: A Study in Symbolic Poetics by E. Miller Budick; Dickinson: The Anxiety of Gender by Vivian R. Pollak; & The Master Letters of Emily Dickinson by R. W. Franklin)

Short Fiction in the Eighties (on Under the Wheat by Rick DeMarinis; The Lover of Horses by Tess Gallagher; Going to See the Leaves by Linda Collins; Tigers in the Wood by Rebecca Kavaler; & Dancing in the Movies by Robert Boswell)

Much Is Still Left In: Five First Books of Stories (on Resurrectionists by Russell Working; Learning the Mother Tongue by Cathryn Hankla; Temporary Shelter by Mary Gordon; Zero db and Other Stories by Madison Smartt Bell; & Town Smokes by Pinckney Benedict)

Mystery and Mannerisms (on In the Music Library by Ellen Hunnicutt; Man’s Work by John Connelly; Acts of Love by James McKinley; & Emperor of the Air by Ethan Canin)

Isn’t It Gothic? (on Spirit Seizures by Melissa Pritchard; Ghostly Populations by Jack Matthews; Mourner at the Door by Gordon Lish; The Assignation by Joyce Carol Oates; & Blood and Water and Other Tales by Patrick McGrath)

Wonderful Geographies (on By Land, by Sea by William Hoffman; Love Life by Bobbie Ann Mason; Appalachian Patterns by Bo Ball; Moustapha’s Eclipse by Reginald Mcknight; & The All-Girl Football Team by Lewis Nordan)

Three Contemporary Masters: Brodkey, Carver, Dubus (on Stories in an Almost Classical Mode by Harold Brodkey; Where I’m Calling From: New and Selected Stories by Raymond Carver; & Selected Stories by Andre Dubus)

Some Recent Herstories (on Obscene Gestures for Women by Janet Kauffman; After You’ve Gone by Alice Adams; Light Can Be Both Wave and Particle by Ellen Gilchrist; Confessions of a Bad Girl by Bette Pesetsky; & The Women Who Walk by Nancy Huddleston Packer)

Jokers Are Wild (on If the River Was Whiskey by T. Coraghessan Boyle; Comedians by John L’Heureux; The People I Know by Nancy Zafris; & Dreams of Distant Lives by Lee K. Abbott)

Novellas for the Nineties (on A Theftby Saul Bellow; The Bellarosa Connection by Saul Bellow; I Lock My Door Upon Myself by Joyce Carol Oates; American Earthquakes by Constance Urdang; & War Babies by Frederick Busch)

Homecomings (on The Foreseeable Future by Reynolds Price; White People by Allan Gurganus; The Apple-Green Triumph and Other Stories by Martha Lacy Hall; & Family Men by Steve Yarbrough)

Heart Troubles (on A Model World and Other Stories by Michael Chabon; The Language We Use Up Here and Other Stories by Philip Gambone; Crash Diet by Jill McCorkle; & Labor for Love by Sandy Huss)

Prizing (and Apprising) the New Eclecticism (on The Best American Short Stories 1991 by Alice Adams and Katrina Kenison; Prize Stories 1992: The O. Henry Awards by William Abrahams; New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best, 1991 by Shannon Ravenel; & The Best of the West 4: New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri by James Thomas and Denise Thomas)

Good Men, Bad Times (on Men Who Would Be Good by Gordon Weaver; Skin by C. E. Poverman; Public Landing Revisited by Robert Phillips; & Sweet Lucy Wine by Dabney Stuart)

Under Western Skies (on Angels and Others by Ken Smith; The Wedding Dress: Stories from the Dakota Plains by Carrie Young; The Secret of Cartwheels by Patricia Henley; & Crossing Wyoming by David Romtvedt)

Writing Lives (on The Silent Woman by Janet Malcolm; Pilgrim in the Ruins: A Life of Walker Percy by Jay Tolson; Barbara Pym: A Critical Biography by Anne M. Wyatt-Brown; Elizabeth Bishop: Life and the Memory of It by Brett C. Millier; & City Poet: The Life and Times of Frank O’Hara by Brad Gooch)

on Austin and Mabel: The Amherst Affair and Love Letters of Austin Dickinson and Mabel Loomis Todd by Polly Longsworth

Dickinson’s New Blue Dress (on The Poems of Emily Dickinson, Variorum Edition. 3 Vols by R. W. Franklin

On Their Own Premises (on Midnight Salvage: Poems, 1995-1998 by Adrienne Rich; On the Bus With Rosa Parks by Rita Dove; Wooroloo by Frieda Hughes; The Snow Watcher by Chase Twichell; & The Watchers by Memye Curtis Tucker)

The Eloquent Wrath of Sylvia Plath (on The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath by Karen V. Kukil)

Natural Selection (on The Wick of Memory: New and Selected Poems, 1970-2000 by Dave Smith; Knowing: New and Selected Poems by Jonathan Holden; The Blessing: New and Selected Poems by Richard Jones; Selected Poems of Anne Sexton by Anne Sexton, Diane Wood Middlebrook, and Diana Hume George; Sweet Confluence: New and Selected Poems by Susan Ludvigson; & The Selected Levis by Larry Levis and David St. John)

It’s a Long, Long Story (on Prize Stories 2001: The O.Henry Awards by Larry Dark; Margot by Kevin Stewart; Not: A Trio by David Huddle; Beasts by Joyce Carol Oates; Rot by Janet Kauffman; Big as Life: Three Tales for Spring by Maureen Howard; & The Body Artist by Don DeLillo)

Modern Writers, Modern Lives (on Charles Dickens by Jane Smiley; Ted Hughes: The Life of a Poet by Elaine Feinstein; Iris Murdoch: A Life by Peter J. Conradi; Flannery O’connor: A Life by Jean W. Cash; Peter Taylor: A Writer’s Life by Hubert H. McAlexander; & Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston by Valerie Boyd)

The Best and the Briefest (on The O. Henry Prize Stories 2007: The Best Stories of the Year, edited by Laura Furman; New Stories from the South: 2006—The Year’s Best, edited by Allan Gurganus and Kathy Pories; Best New American Voices 2007: Fresh Fiction from the Top Writing Programs, edited by Sue Miller, John Kulka, and Natalie Danford; Flash Fiction Forward: 80 Very Short Stories, edited by James Thomas and Robert Shapard; New Sudden Fiction: Short-Short Stories from America and Beyond, edited by Robert Shapard and James Thomas)

Getting a Life (on John Donne: The Reformed Soul by John Stubbs; Being Shelley: The Poet’s Search for Himself by Ann Wroe; Thomas Hardy by Claire Tomalin; Edith Wharton by Hermione Lee; Thomas Wolfe: When Do the Atrocities Begin? by Joanne Marshall Mauldin; & Bernard Malamud: A Writer’s Life by Philip Davis)

White Heat (on A Little Salvation: Poems Old and New by Judson Mitcham; Outlaw Style by R. T. Smith; Foiled Again by J. Allyn Rosser; Cleaning a Rainbow by Gary Gildner; & A New Hunger by Laure-Anne Bosselaar)

Flannery Fever (on Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor by Brad Gooch; Critical Companion to Flannery O’Connor: A Literary Reference to Her Life and Work by Connie Ann Kirk; A Literary Guide to Flannery O’Connor’s Georgia by Sarah Gordon)

Essential Themes, Eloquent Variations (on Drowning Lessons by Peter Selgin; Water: Nine Stories by Alyce Miller; Broccoli and Other Tales of Food and Love by Lara Vapnyar; Downriver by Jeanne M. Leiby; The Poetry Life: Ten Stories by Baron Wormser)

Novellas for the New Millennium (on Phillip Lopate’s Two Marriages; Patrick Michael Finn’s A Martyr for Suzy Kosasovich; & William H. Gass’s Cartesian Sonata and Other Novellas)

Reputations and Renewals (on John Updike’s My Father’s Tears; Alice Munro’s Too Much Happiness; Lydia Davis’ The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis; The Best American Short Stories 2009, edited by Alice Sebold; & The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories: The Best Stories of the Year, 2009, edited by Laura Furman)

What’s the Story? (on Richard Bausch’s Something Is Out There; Joyce Carol Oates’s Sourland; Suzanne Rivecca’s Death Is Not an Option; & Tracy Daugherty’s One Day the Wind Changed)

Barding Around (on Robert Frost Speaking on Campus: Excerpts from His Talks, 1949–1962, edited by Edward Connery Lathem; Maxine Kumin’s The Roots of Things: Essays; Mark Doty’s The Art of Description: World into Word; Ellen Bryant Voigt’s The Art of Syntax: Rhythm of Thought, Rhythm of Song; Dean Young’s The Art of Recklessness: Poetry as Assertive Force and Contradiction; Kelly Cherry’s Girl in a Library: On Women Writers and the Writing Life; & Fanny Howe’s The Winter Sun: Notes on a Vocation)

It’s All in the Details (on Charles Baxter’s Gryphon: New and Selected Stories; Ann Packer’s Swim Back to Me; Ernest J. Finney’s Sequoia Gardens: California Stories; Phillip Sterling’s In Which Brief Stories Are Told; & Amina Gautier’s At-Risk)

The Many Lives of Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath, arguably the greatest female poet of the twentieth century, has been the object of much biographical scrutiny, the more so because her suicide at age thirty seems inextricably… read more