Monday May 25, 2020

Dark bard of the Ozarks

Daniel Woodrell's stories reveal an America suffering under the scourges of poverty, violence and drug abuse, writes Nadine O'Regan.

1st September, 2012
Daniel Woodrell: "I'm a full-tilt writer. A kamikaze writer. I'm all in. That's all I do." Photo:

People are sometimes scared to meet Daniel Woodrell. "They assume I'm like the characters I focus on," Woodrell says, speaking down the line from his home in the Missouri Ozarks. "Even a lot of literary people are like that - they're always surprised I have a master's degree."

While it's difficult to tell too much about a person over a crackling phone connection, for the duration of our half-hour interview Woodrell makes for engaging, unintimidating...

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