Kinsella, that centres on Ray, a farmer who inspired by a voice in his head builds a baseball field, risking bankruptcy and ridicule in the process. Ray searches for author Terence Mann based on the reclusive writer, J. Salingerwho he has decided is the voice behind the prophecy.
Full name William Patrick Kinsella Canadian short story writer, editor, and novelist. Kinsella has earned critical acclaim for his short story collections focusing on modern-day Canadian Indians and for his novels and short stories about baseball. Several of his works—including Dance Me Outside and The Moccasin Telegraph —attempt to debunk stereotypes and distortions of the North American Indian by portraying contemporary Native Americans struggling to survive in caucasian societies.
In the novels Shoeless Joe and The Iowa Baseball Confederacy and the short story collection The Thrill of the GrassKinsella uses the game of baseball as his primary metaphor, focusing less on the onfield exploits of his characters than on the magical and rejuvenating force that the sport provides for its followers.
Before beginning his career in writing, Kinsella worked at a variety of jobs such as claims investigator, government clerk, and restaurant owner. At the age of thirty-five, he returned to school and received a B.
He taught at the University of Iowa from to and later taught creative writing and English at the University of Calgary from to After the success of his first novel, Shoeless Joe, Kinsella left teaching to pursue a full-time writing career.
Shoeless Joe was adapted for the screen in the film Field of Dreams, which was nominated for best picture, best score, and best adapted screenplay awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Major Works Beginning with Dance Me Outside, Kinsella has used Silas Ermineskin, a droll, self-conscious young Cree Indian from Hobbema, Alberta, whose broken English is rich in metaphor and imagery to narrate his series of short story collections focusing on Native Americans, The stories in Dance Me Outside portray the various ways in which Native Americans are conditioned to expect and resign themselves to victimization.
The grimness of the subject matter is often lightened by the humorous dissimilarities of caucasian and Native-American lifestyles and worldviews. The Moccasin Telegraph depicts a Native-American community attempting to reconcile their traditional customs with contemporary technological innovations and bureaucratic legislation.
Without putting inordinate worth on ancient Native-American culture, Kinsella extols the remnants of native wisdom that have survived in modern North America.
In The Fencepost Chronicles Silas Ermineskin returns as a narrator, but the main character in the stories is his comical friend, Fencepost Frank.
Ray then kidnaps renowned author—and baseball fan—J. Salinger and gathers by supernatural methods an assortment of deceased baseball figures, including his late father, so they can redeem their lives on the playing field. Through a childlike optimism, Ray succeeds in reviving the spirits of all he attracts to the ballpark.
The Thrill of the Grass employs realism in half of its stories and fantasy in the others.
33 quotes from W.P. Kinsella: 'Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get', 'Baseball is the most perfect of games, solid, true, pure and precious as . Canadian novelist W.P. Kinsella, who blended magical realism and baseball in the book that became the smash hit film "Field of Dreams," has died. He was In the short story “Truth” written by W.P Kinsella, the story has started by documenting Silas and Frank’s experience in managing the Hobbema Wagonburners’ hockey team.
The realistic pieces chronicle the monotonous, dreary lives of minor-league baseball players waiting for their big break and their relationships with wives and girlfriends who are insensitive to their aspirations.
While most of the stories contain ultimately pessimistic overtones, the use of absurd humor and memorable minor characters lightens their mood. The Iowa Baseball Confederacy again utilizes baseball—this time a game between the all-stars of the mythical Iowa Baseball Confederacy and the Chicago Cubs—as a sanctuary in which people can sustain their youthful ideals.
Kinsella tampers with time and combines realism and fantasy to create a world in which a ballgame lasts forty days in a continual rain.
The Dixon Cornbelt League, and Other Baseball Stories uses mysticism and conflict to explore the humanistic nature of baseball players. Kinsella continues his use of baseball as central metaphor in the novel Magic Time and the short story collection Japanese Baseball and Other Storieswhich examines the lives of baseball players in Japan, where the game has become increasingly popular.
Critical Reception Although Canadian by birth, most reviewers have categorized Kinsella as a North American writer, rather than a regional writer, due to his recurring fascination with the distinctively American pastime of baseball.
Indeed, it occasionally veers to the downright saccharine. A number of critics have also faulted Kinsella for indulging in Native-American stereotypes.W.P.
(Bill) Kinsella passed away at the age of 81 in W. P. “Bill” Kinsella was a legendary fiction writer, best known for his award-winning novel Shoeless Joe, .
The University of Victoria was solidified as my first choice after I discovered that W.P. Kinsella was an alum, a Martlet staffer, and the author of Shoeless Joe. I remembered Ray’s search for Mann and truth, and it reminded me of my need to know more about Kinsella. In the short story “Truth” written by W.P Kinsella, the story has started by documenting Silas and Frank’s experience in managing the Hobbema Wagonburners’ hockey team.
W. P. Kinsella, who was born on a farm near Edmunton, Alberta, has earned wide recognition for his wild imagination and rash humor as a writer. He has published two novels about baseball ("Shoeless Joe" and "The Iowa Baseball Confederacy") and several collections of stories about Indians, including "The Moccasin Telegraph.".
William Patrick "W. P." Kinsella OC OBC (May 25, – September 16, ) was a Canadian novelist and short story writer, known for his novel Shoeless Joe (), which was adapted into the movie Field of Dreams in His work often concerned baseball, First Nations people, and other Canadian issues.
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