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is the author, most recently, of the novel
Isn't It Romantic?
and a book of essays called A Stay Against Confusion: Essays on Faith and Fiction
Among his other books are
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert
Nebraska (Atlantic Monthly Press),
Mariette in Ecstasy
and a children's book,
The Shadowmaker (Trophy Press). A native
of Omaha, he received the Award in Literature
from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters for
Nebraska, a collection of short fiction.
According to Contemporary Novelists,
Hansen's books "occupy ... a curious
half-way house between popular and high culture;
between the worlds of art and entertainment." A book by Hansen provides
a good read as well as a searching study of morality.
In an article in Publishers Weekly, Hansen said,
For me, the process of
writing is the joy of writing. It's the putting down
individual sentences, making them fit together, making
the story interesting. Once
you've completed a book, you realize how ramshackle a
thing writing a novel is.
You've somehow made it seem like it was always
coherent. That's the satisfying
aspect of writing, the really affirming thing about
He is Gerard
Manley Hopkins SJ Professor of the Arts and Humanities at Santa Clara
University. His novel Atticus was a finalist for the National
Book Award in 1996.