Samuel Park

Samuel Park was an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago. He graduated from Stanford University and the University of Southern California, where he earned his doctorate. He is the author of the novella Shakespeare’s Sonnets and the writer-director of a short film of the same name, which was an official selection of numerous domestic and international film festivals. He is also the author of the novels This Burns My Heart and The Caregiver. His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times. Born in Brazil and raised in Los Angeles, he split his time between Chicago and Los Angeles. In April 2017, Samuel Park died of stomach cancer at the age of 41 shortly after finishing The Caregiver. 

Books by this Author

The Caregiver
This Burns My Heart
Wanderlust

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Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Be bold, and mighty forces shall come to your aid

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "Oh, wow." "Huh." "Okay."

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Barack Obama

Q. What do you regret most?

A. I don't really believe in regrets

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Madame Merle, In Portrait of a Lady

Author Voices

May 23, 2011

Jane Austen’s talents as a social satirist and as an anthropologist of manners place her comfortably on the large scale canvas of the 18th British novel; yet, her skills as a miniaturist, as a portraitist of small, individual transactions, hint at the paradox at the heart of her genius. Austen takes the carnivalesque, more unwieldy impulses of the genre, containing a multitude of intersecting characters, of varying moral fiber, their intentions at cross-purposes, while still providing exquisitely drawn individual scenes, one after another, probably hundreds of them.

The popular belief is that short story writers write the most economically,... see more

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