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Bobbie Ann Mason (born 1940) is an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and literary critic.

Mason grew up on her father's dairy farm outside of Mayfield, Kentucky. As a child she loved to read, so her parents always made sure she had books. These books were mostly popular fiction about the Bobbsey Twins and the Nancy Drew mysteries. She would later write a book about these books that she loved to read as an adolescent titled The Girl Sleuth: A feminist guide to the Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew, and Their Sisters.

After high school, Mason went on to major in journalism at the University of Kentucky. After graduating in 1962, she took several jobs in New York City with various movie magazines, writing articles about various stars who were in the spotlight. She wrote about Annette Funicello, Troy Donahue, Fabian, and other teen stars. Next she went to graduate school at the University of Connecticut, where she subsequently received her Ph.D. in literature with a dissertation on Vladimir Nabokov's Ada in 1972. Her dissertation was published in paperback form as Nabokov's Garden two years later.

By the time she was in her later thirties, Bobbie Ann started to write short stories. In 1980 The New Yorker published her first story. "It took me a long time to discover my material", she said. "It wasn't a matter of developing writing skills, it was a matter of knowing how to see things. And it took me a very long time to grow up. I'd been writing for a long time, but was never able to see what there was to write about. I always aspired to things away from home, so it took me a long time to look back at home and realize that that's where the center of my thought was." Mason writes about the working-class people of Western Kentucky, and her short stories have contributed to a renaissance of regional fiction in America creating a literary style that critics have labeled "shopping mall realism."

Mason then went on to write a collection of short stories, Shiloh and Other Stories. In 1985 she wrote her first novel, In-Country, which eventually was made into a feature film (see below). She followed In Country with another novel in 1988, Spence and Lila. She has since published several more short story collections (see below).

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Total Books: 82
Every Father's Daughter Twenty-four Women Writers Remember Their Fathers
The Girl in the Blue Beret A Novel
2012 - The Girl in the Blue Beret a Novel (Paperback)Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780812978872
ISBN-10: 0812978870
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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The Girl in the Blue Beret
2011 - The Girl in the Blue Beret [Thorndike Press Large Print Core Series] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9781410440952
ISBN-10: 1410440958
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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In Country
2009 - In Country (Other)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9781442008014
ISBN-10: 1442008016
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Clear Springs A Family Story
2008 - Clear Springs a Family Story (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781435211902
ISBN-10: 1435211901
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Nancy Culpepper Stories
2007 - Nancy Culpepper Stories (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780812976670
ISBN-10: 0812976673
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Elvis Presley A Life
2007 - Elvis Presley a Life [A Penguin Life] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780143038894
ISBN-10: 0143038893
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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An Atomic Romance
2005 - An Atomic Romance (Audio Cassette)Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780786136759
ISBN-10: 0786136758
Genre: General
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Atomic Romance
2005 - Atomic Romance [UNABRIDGED] (Audio Cassette)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780786136582
ISBN-10: 0786136588
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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An Atomic Romance  A Novel
2005 - An Atomic Romance a Novel (Hardcover)Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780375507199
ISBN-10: 0375507191
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.
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In Country
2005 - In Country (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780060835170
ISBN-10: 0060835176
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
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Elvis Presley
2003 - Elvis Presley (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781400059355
ISBN-10: 1400059356
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Catálogo de libros en español
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Elvis Presley Bobbie Ann Mason
2003 - Elvis Presley Bobbie Ann Mason [Thorndike Biography] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780786250752
ISBN-10: 0786250755
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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Elvis
2003 - Elvis [Lives] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780297829799
ISBN-10: 0297829793
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment
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Elvis Presley - Unabridged Audiobook on 5 CDs
2003 - Elvis Presley - Unabridged Audiobook on 5 Cds (Audio CD)
ISBN-13: 9780736692373
ISBN-10: 0736692371
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Zigzagging Down a Wild Trail  Stories
2002 - Zigzagging Down a Wild Trail Stories [Modern Library Paperbacks] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780375760617
ISBN-10: 037576061X
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Substores
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 1

Shiloh and Other Stories
2001 - Shiloh and Other Stories [Modern Library Paperbacks] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780375758430
ISBN-10: 0375758437
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Substores
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.
 4

Zigzagging Down a Wild Trail  Stories
2001 - Zigzagging Down a Wild Trail Stories (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780679449249
ISBN-10: 0679449248
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Substores
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 1

Clear Springs  A Family Story
2000 - Clear Springs a Family Story (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780060956295
ISBN-10: 0060956291
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 13

Midnight Magic Selected Stories of Bobbie Ann Mason
1999 - Midnight Magic Selected Stories of Bobbie Ann Mason (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780880016575
ISBN-10: 0880016574
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 3

Clear Springs  A Memoir
1999 - Clear Springs a Memoir (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780679449256
ISBN-10: 0679449256
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Substores
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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1988 - Spence and Lila [Harper Short Novel Series] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
Bobbie Ann Mason [Video Tape; Signature: Contemporary Southern Writers] (Paperback)