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Thomas McGuane


Thomas McGuane was born in Wyandotte, Michigan, in 1939. His father manufactured car parts. He attended Michigan State University, where he took a B.A., and then Yale, where he took an M.F.A. (though admits he went there primarily to avoid the draft) and Stanford. He had early success with his novels and was successively married to a descendant of Davy Crockett, the actress Margot Kidder and the sister of singer Jimmy Buffett. His celebrity lifestyle is the subject of his novel Panama. As well as novels, he has written a series of essays, particularly on fishing, and several screenplays. His novels were initially humorous but his later ones are less so. Father-son relationships, going back home and struggling in a crazy world are the key themes of his work.

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1969 The Sporting Club (novel)
1971 The Bushwacked Piano (novel)
1973 Ninety-Two in the Shade (novel)
1978 Panama (novel)
1980 An Outside Chance: Essays on Sport (later: An Outside Chance : Classic & New Essays On Sport)
1981 Nobody’s Angel (novel)
1985 Something to Be Desired (novel)
1985 In the Crazies (story)
1986 To Skin a Cat (stories)
1989 Keep the Change (novel)
1992 Nothing but Blue Skies (novel)
1993 Sons (story)
1996 Live Water (on fishing)
1999 Some Horses (essays)
1999 Upstream: Fly Fishing in the American Northwest
2000 The Longest Silence: A Life in Fishing
2002 The Cadence of Grass (novel)
2005 Horses (non-fiction)
2007 Gallatin Canyon (stories)
2010 Driving on the Rim (novel)
2015 Crow Fair (stories)
2018 Cloudbursts: Collected and New Stories