Author Archives: Robert Nagle

Jack Matthews Mailing List is now working

If you wish to stay posted about what’s going on with the books and life of Jack Matthews, you can sign up for the mailing list . Here’s what it will be used for: updates 4-6 times a year. Book … Continue reading

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Profile & Review of Jack Matthews’ new novel “Gambler’s Nephew”

Literary reporter and reviewer Jim Phillips does a nice writeup about Gambler’s Nephew for the Athens News. Half the pleasure in the book comes from its resemblance to a huge, shuffling, shaggy-dog story. Every time a new character comes on … Continue reading

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A Worker’s Writebook: How Language Creates Stories by Jack Matthews

Jack Matthews’ new ebook about the craft of fiction writing is now for sale.  The normal price for this ebook is $2.99, You can find the ebook for sale at  Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Lulu and iBookstore. Description of Book … Continue reading

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New Jack Matthews bookstore

The daughter of Jack Matthews has opened an online bookstore. If you remember, Jack Matthews once owned a literary saloon to keep his latest literary finds. In the 2009 interview Matthews mentioned selling several thousand of his books to a … Continue reading

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Free Mp3: Miette reads a Jack Matthews story

Miette’s Bedtime Podcast is a distinguished podcast known for featuring classic and contemporary short stories by great & overlooked writers. Recently she did a reading of the great story A Woman of Properties which comes from the Crazy Woman short … Continue reading

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Remembering Jack Matthews as a Writing Teacher: Share Your Memories

Ex-students share memories of Ohio author and writing teacher, Jack Matthews. Continue reading

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Jack Matthews on the memoir of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Son

Jack Matthews has a new essay appearing in August 15 Chronicle Review: It is no surprise to literary scholars that Henry David Thoreau was soaked in Emerson’s thinking, but Julian tells us that even the younger man’s handwriting was like … Continue reading

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Visiting Jack Matthews (Photo Essay)

Last week I had the opportunity to visit Jack Matthews in Athens, Ohio. Thrilling! Details of the visit will appear occasionally on this blog. For now here are some photos which I took during my visit. This is Jack Matthews … Continue reading

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Jack Matthews: On choosing the right name for a story character

(Here is a brief excerpt from  WORKER’s WRITEBOOK, an unpublished notebook  about the art of writing fiction  which Jack Matthews prepared for  his  Ohio U. creative writing students in the 1990s). An ebook version of this work will be available … Continue reading

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2009 Interview with Jack Matthews

This interview was conducted via email in Summer, 2009 just after Jack Matthews’ 84th birthday. Throughout the process, Matthews had a lot of fun with it: answers were sometimes full of deliberate misspellings and archaic contractions. After I assembled his … Continue reading

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