Abducted by Circumstance

Sharpshooter: A Novel of the Civil War [U. Tenn. Press, 1996, nominated for Pulitzer Prize]

On the Big Wind [Holt, 1980]

Pleasure-Dome [Bobbs-Merrill, l979]

The Suicide’s Wife [Bobbs-Merrill, 1978, nominated for Pulitzer Prize; made into a CBS Movie]

Bijou [Crown, 1974, a Book of the Month Club Selection]

Brothers in Confidence [Avon, 1972]

Hair of the Dog [Adam, serial, 1968]

Cassandra Singing [Crown, 1969, N.Y. Times Selection. Wrote screenplay for Warner Brothers] Reprinted by University of Tennessee Press, 1999.

The Beautiful Greed [Random House, 1961]


Collections of Short Stories

The Last Bizarre Tale [UT Press, 2014]

The New Orleans of Possibilities [LSU Press, 1982]

The Shadow Knows [LSU Press, 1970, a National Council on the Arts Selection]


Short Stories

Over 60. Thirteen Short Stories in Twenty-four Anthologies, mostly textbooks, including Norton, Contemporary; two in Best American Short Stories: 1969 and 1971.



Over 60 poems, several reprinted in anthologies.

Venice Is Sinking is a collection, not yet published.


Plays, Libretti, and A Radio Play


In The Summer They Slaughter Cattle                         C. 1947


Call Herman In To Summer                                                            1949


The Great Wings Still Beating                                                C. 1950


Cassandra Singing – 1 Act                                                            C. 1953


Medea – A Radio Play                                                                        C. 1954


The Idealists                                                                                    C. 1955


From Rome To Damascus                                                            C. 1956


Cassandra Singing – 3 Acts (Mid-Version)                                    C. 1958


Hecuba’s Lament   (A Libretto)                                                 C. 1958


They Shall Endure                                                                        C. 1959


The Freeway                                                                                    C. 1960


The Deep Sleep                                                                                     C. 1960


Casina  (Book For A Musical)                                                            C. 1964


Fugitive Masks                                                                                    C. 1964


Intimations  (A Libretto)                                                                        C. 1965


In My Father’s House            (1 Act Version Of The Freeway)            C. 1966


Cassandra Singing (Final 3 Act Version)                                    1967


Cassandra Singing (Screenplay)                                                1970


The Day The Flowers Came                                                            C. 1970


Cassandra Singing (A Radio Play)                                                C. 1980


Rosanna And Angelina (Libretto)                                                1989


Five Plays won state and national contests and have been produced [Yale Drama School, Actor’s Studio, Barter Theater, Etc.] and Published [First Stage, Dramatic Publishing, Etc].


Screenplay: Cassandra Singing [Warner Brothers, not yet filmed]

Scholarly Works


Touching the Web of Southern Writers, UT Press, 2006 [collection of my essays on Faulkner, Warren, Agee, Wolfe, McCullers.].

Harlequin’s Stick, Charlie’s Cane [Popular Culture Press, 1975] First book to compare commedia dell’arte & silent movie comedy]

James M. Cain [Twayne, 1970] First book on Cain.

Cain’s Craft [Scarecrow Press, 1985] A more specific study of James M. Cain’s craft as a novelist and of his movie writing]

The Poetic Image in Six Genres [Southern Illinois University Press, 1969] Collection of my literary essays.

Wright Morris [Twayne, 1964] First book on Morris.

The Fiction Tutor: The Art of Writing and Reading Fiction [Harcourt Brace, 1990]

Revising Fiction: A Handbook for Writers [Plume-Penguin, 1988; nine printings]. Reprinted 2002 by Barnes and Noble Publishers.

A Primer of the Novel: For Readers and Writers [Scarecrow, 1979]. Major revision under contract.

Writers’ Revisions: An Annotated Bibliography of Articles and Books About Writers’ Revisions and Their Comments on the Creative Process [Scarecrow, 1980], with Richard Powers.


Edited Works

On Literature, Specific Writers, and Civil War History


Thomas Wolfe’s Civil War, ed., U. of Alabama Press, 2004, editor.

Losses and Survivors of the Sultana, UT Press, 2005, editor.

O. Henry’s Civil War Surprises, ed. Proposal submitted to U of Alabama Press.

Beyond the Battlefield: The Ordinary Life and Extraordinary Times of the Civil War Soldier [Simon and Schuster, 2000.]

The Legacy of Robert Penn Warren, LSU Press, 2000.

Classics of Civil War Fiction [University Press of Mississippi, 1991], with Peggy Bach. Reprinted, revised, by University of Alabama Press, 2000.

Rediscoveries II [Carroll and Graf, 1988].  With Peggy Bach; essays written on request by famous novelists on their favorite neglected novel.

Remembering James Agee [LSU Press, 1974; major revised edition, University of Georgia Press, 1997]

Contemporary Literary Scene [Salem Press, 1974, v. I; 1979, v. II] With Frank Magill.

Nathanael West: The Cheaters and the Cheated [Edward/Edwards Press, 1973]Rediscoveries [Crown, 1971]

American Dreams, American Nightmares [Southern Illinois University Press, 1970]

Tough Guy Writers of the Thirties [Southern Illinois University Press, 1968]

Proletarian Writers of the Thirties [Southern Illinois University Press, 1968]

Literary Essays:


Over 50; most began as invited lectures to professional societies in literature, film, popular culture, and published in major scholarly journals and many have been reprinted in anthologies. The essays are on the novel, poetry, drama, film, history, philosophy, psychology, etc., and on Faulkner, Bronte, Wolfe, McCullers, Joyce, Camus, Katherine Anne Porter, Flannery O’Connor, Hannah, Robert Penn Warren, Joyce Carol Oates, John Hawkes, William Gaddis, Nathaniel West, Ross MacDonald, James Dickey, Jules Romains, Conrad, Albee, Kurasawa, O,Neill, James Agee.


Literature Textbooks in Four Genres [12]: [Note: First 9 now published by Heinle and Heinle, formerly Harcourt]

A Pocketful of Essays in two volumes, [2000]

A Pocketful of Plays [1996]

A Pocketful of Plays II [1996]

A Pocketful of Poems [1996]

A Pocketful of Poems II [2005]

A Pocketful of Prose: Vintage II [1996]

A Pocketful of Prose: Vintage [1992]

A Pocketful of Prose: Contemporary [1992]

Eight Classic American Novels [1990]

The World of Fiction [Original publisher, Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1990]

Studies in the Short Story [Originally published by Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1976, etc.: 4th and 5th editions with Virgil Scott, 6th alone]

Creative Choices: A Spectrum of Quality and Technique in Fiction [Scott, Foresman, 1975]

The Popular Culture Explosion [William C. Brown Publishers, 1972, with Ray B. Browne]. Among the first on this subject.




Cassandra Singing–On and Off Key; or How not to Write a Play.”  Drama

Critique, 10 (Spring 1967), 58-70.  PI

“The Agnostic Priesthood.”  Discourse:  A Review of the Liberal Arts, 11

(Spring 1968), 171-82.

“The Floating Tower.”  The Register (Baton Rouge), 22 (1 August 1970), 16.

“The Compulsion to Tell a Story.”  Journal of Popular Culture, 5 (Fall

1971), 269-79.

“The Cartridge Belt.”  Massachusetts Review, 13 (Autumn 1972), 681-701. As memoir.

“Marble Goddesses and Mortal Flesh:  Notes for an Erotic Memoir of the

Forties.”  Film Journal, 2 (September 1972), 2-19.

“The Story-teller as Benevolent Con Man.”  Appalachian Heritage, 2 (Summer

1974), 70-77.

“Portrait of the Artist as a Bijou Usher.”  Proceedings of the Sixth

National Convention of the Popular Culture Association, Chicago, April

22-24, 1976.  Bowling Green, Ohio:  Bowling Green State University

Popular Press, 1976, pp. 94-112 (microfilm).

[David Madden discussing pp. 233-39 of Bijou.]  Cassette tape recording

in the Faculty Collection of the Louisiana Room, Louisiana State University

Library, n.d.

[My Credo.]  Center, No. 10 (November 1977), 37.

“Performing ‘The Singer’:  an Introduction to Oral Interpretation.”

Dramatics, 50 (September/October 1978), 28-32.

“Cassandra Singing as Novel, Play and Movie.”  Contemporary Literary

Scene II.  Ed. Frank N. Magill, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.:  Salem

Press, 1979, pp. 181-93. Also adapted to radio commissioned by Earplay, not produced.

“Let Me Tell You the Story:  Transforming the Oral Tradition.”  Appalachian

Journal, 7 (Spring 1980), 210-29.

“Under the Pleasure-Dome.”  Southern Exposure, 9 (Summer 1981), 36-39.

“David Madden:  If a Writer’s Works Are His Life,” Contemporary Authors,

Autobiography Series, Gale Research, Volume 3, 185-2-6, 1987.

“My Brother, Sunshine” and “The Pond,” memoirs. Louisiana Review, v. 2,

Summer, 2000, 107-116.


Interviews with David Madden

1.  Greg Spaid 1967

2.  Sanford Pinsker, “A Conversation with David Madden.” Critique 15.3 (1973): 5-14. The interview was given in 1971.

3.  Allen Wier, “Interview with David Madden.” The Penny Dreadful 3 (Spring 1974).

4.  Ruth Laney, “Interview with David Madden.” Southern Review 11 (Jan. 1975):167-80. The interview took place in 1974.

5.  Samuel Prestridge, “An Interview with David Madden.” Mississippi Review 6.3 (1977): 9-12.

6.  Ray Jones, “An Interview with David Madden.” New Orleans Review 9.1 (Spring-Summer 1982): 29-35. The original interview was in 1980.

7.  William Parrill, “Telling It Again: A Conversation with David Madden.” Louisiana Literature Fall, 1984 reprinted in The Long Haul: Conversations with Southern Authors. New York: UP of America, 1994. 39-58.

8.  Jacqueline Jones. “Interview with David Madden.” WUOT-FM November 1985.

9.  Jeffrey J. Folks, “Interview with David Madden on Technique in Fiction.” Southern Quarterly 25.2 (Winter 1987): 24-38. The original interview was in  1984.

10.  “David Madden on Southern Literature.” Ed. A.B. Crowder. Writing in the Southern Tradition: Interviews with 5 Contemporary Authors. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1990. 164-69

11.   “David Madden on Writing.” Ed. A.B. Crowder. Writing in the Southern Tradition: Interviews with 5 Contemporary Authors. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1990. 170-82.

12.  Peggy Bach, “Interview with David Madden: ‘The Theatrical Image.’” The Southern Quarterly 33.2-3 (Winter-Spring 1995): 215-25. Rpt. Southern Novelists On Stage and Screen. Ed. David Madden, with George Garrett and Irving Malin. A special double issue of The Southern Quarterly (Winter-Spring 1995). The original interview was in 1994.

13.  Jeffrey J. Folks, “Outside Events: Inside the Imagination: An Interview with David Madden.” New Letters 64.7 (1997): 88-105.

14.  Randy Hendricks & James A. Perkins, David Madden on his Work: An Interview in David Madden: A writer for All Genres Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2006.

15.  James A. Perkins, David Madden on Creative Writing 2002

16.  Jeffrey J. Folks 2006

17.  William Parrill, Myriad Mindedness: An Interview with David Madden 2010



LSU Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award

American Association of State and Local Historians

Rockefeller Grant in Fiction [judged by Saul Bellow, Robert Penn Warren]

John Golden Fellowship in Playwriting, Yale Drama School

Raney Fellowship, Bread Loaf Writers Conference

National Council on the Arts Award for Fiction [judged by Walker Percy, Hortense Calisher]

New Letters Award for Best Fiction Reading for Radio

New Letters, Jack Conroy Award for the Short Story

Pearl Setzer Deal Award for Religious Drama

University of Tennessee State Wide One Act Play Contest (three times)

Baton Rouge Little Theater National Playwriting Contest

University of Nebraska National Playwriting Contest

Gitlin Prize for best essay on Thomas Wolfe, Thomas Wolfe Society




David Madden, Special collections, University of Tennessee Libraries

David Madden Collection of Civil War Novels, Special Collections, Louisiana State University Libaries





Bamberger, William C. “Madden, (Jerry) David.” Contemporary Novelists, 4th ed., edited by D. L. Kirkpatrick. London: St. James, 1986. 555-58.

Garrett, George. “Cassandra Singing by David Madden.” Southern Excursions: Views on Southern Letters in My Time. Ed. James Conrad McKinley. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2003. 115-18.

Kirsch, Robert. “David Madden, Tough Guy Writers of the Thirties.” Lives, Works, and Transformations: A Quarter Century of Book Reviews and Essays. Santa Barbara: Capra Press, 1978. 80-81.

Pinsker, Sanford. “The Mixed Cords of David Madden’s Cassandra Singing. Critique: Studies in Modern Fiction, Vol. 15, no. 2, 1973. 15-26. Rpt. In Sanford Pinsker, Between Two Worlds: The American Novel in the 1960’s. Troy, New York: The Whitston Publishing Company, 1980. 103-14.

Richards, Jeffrey H. “David Madden.” Contemporary Poets, Dramatists, Essayists, and Novelists o the South: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook. Eds. Robert Bain and Joseph M. Flora. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. 1994. 308-18.

Straub, Deborah A. “Madden, (Jerry) David.” Contemporary Authors. New Revision Series. Vol. 4, edited by Ann Evory. Detroit: Gale Research, 1981. 393-96.

Ward, William S. “David Madden.” A Literary History of Kentucky. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1988.  401-03.





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  1. Hey. We met earlier today at the Cheshire Fitness Center, when I asked about your Univ. of Alabama Press t-shirt.


  2. David Madden

    Give me a call and let’s meet for coffee at my house. David 828-669-2757

  3. […] zwei Jahrzehnte, bis das Interesse der Literaturwissenschaft an Cain erwacht. Der SchriftstellerDavid Madden wird sein Buch Tough Guy Writers of the Thirties (in dem Joyce Carol Oates einen langen James M. […]

  4. […] zwei Jahrzehnte, bis das Interesse der Literaturwissenschaft an Cain erwacht. Der Schriftsteller David Madden wird sein Buch Tough Guy Writers of the Thirties (in dem Joyce Carol Oates einen langen James M. […]

  5. Hi David,

    It’s James Black from the Christmount event. I wanted to contact you regarding several topics, including the Guastavino museum. I sat at your table for the lecture….I tried calling 828-669-2757, but was not in service.
    Hope you are well and look forward to hearing from you. My e-mail is


  6. Best teacher I ever had–and a wonderful friend when we were both at Centre College; now it is grand that he is near us here in Raleigh, not so far from us in the mountains of Boone. He turned me[1960s] from a would-be presbyterian minister into a lover and active teacher of English literature, which has just finished with my retirement at the end of 2013 at North Carolina State University [1971-2013]. I spent two days with him last month in Raleigh, talking about subjects that must remain secret, and many others that are some of the best stories and events I experienced with him in the past.

  7. David Madden

    Yes, Tom, every word is true, as Eva Peron says in “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina.” And more. It was indeed a wonderful reunion of a well-matched pair, the former student and the former teacher, who had and who have much to learn from each other. See you soon again in Raleigh, maybe at Ed’s in the Old Market place, or Mecca Restaurant.

  8. Mr. Madden,

    I’m an admirer of your work–I’ve read several, beginning with The Beautiful Greed. (My father was a merchant mariner during WW2 and for several years after–he started as a wiper–and someone mentioned your novel as a good one involving the MM.) Would it be possible for me to send a few of your books so you could sign them? It would mean a lot to me.

    I’m in the publishing biz–as an agent (Jim Donovan Literary) and an author (as James Donovan, author of a couple of books of nonfiction American history)–but only mention this as an aside.


    Jim Donovan (214) 696-9411

    • David Madden

      I’m glad so many merchant seamen have approved of my depiction of life at sea. I still long for it, dream of it.

      Yes, do send on the books for me to sign and/or inscribe.

      Every good wish, David

  9. Hi David, I doubt that you will remember Iris and me at ASTC when I was one of your many students in 1960 and you and David Hodgin were my favorite teachers. I still have my signed copy of Beautiful Greed and have just finished reading the sharpshooter. Do you remember the homemade ice cream at that little cabin in Boone? Maybe not, it was so long ago. Anyway, I am proud to have known you and to have been one of your many students.

    Keep writing and best wishes,

  10. Hi “Jerry”

    You cannot forget your next door neighbor when in +/- 1956 you brought/stole Robbie from Indiana to live in the house next door basement apartment next to my house and fed me many times and talk about things.

    I used to take a nap on your sofa until you would indicate to me that it was time for me to leave but not with words….. a unique and funny way.

    Here was an engineering student and a writer and his wife spending a lot of time together…a great opportunity for me.

    • David Madden

      Robbie and I fondly remember you quite often. Please come see us in Black Mountain, NC. We miss you–60 years gone by. I wrote some of the stories in my new book THE LAST BIZARRE TALE in that basement apartment. I drive by it once a month.

      Jerry David

  11. Found your introduction to Pratt’s ORDEAL BY FIRE remarkable. I read the paperback the first time back in 1953 and as my career in publishing took off, (I finally founded Times Books at the NYTimes and quit the biz), I used Pratt many times as a “palate clearer” when testing the increasingly gelatinous nonfiction as the years went by.

    In grad school, a thought occurred to me that I ran by Robert Fitzgerald, whose prose translations of Homer were extraordinary. “Was Pratt really an epic poet writing in prose? Was ORDEAL BY FIRE the epic Stephen Vincent Benet could never write?”

    “An interesting thought,” replied Fitzgerald whom I never was sure had read the whole book.

    Thought you might find the exchange interesting.

    • David Madden

      Praise for my introduction to Pratt is especially exciting for me, especially given your background. I really like your insight into Pratt as epic poet. Giving a talk on James M. Cain in his hometown Washington, Maryland, I met a young man who quoted Pratt for almost an hour. The affection for his work runs deep, wide, and abides. By the way, I published Fitzgerald’s essay on James Agee at The kenyon Review and reprinted it in REMEMBERING JAMES AGEE.

      Look for my forthcoming book THE TANGLED WEB OF THE CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION from Taylor Publishing, April, I hope. I include the Pratt piece and several other essays are in that vein. Iconoclastic, lyrical, unusual.

      My new book of stories is THE LAST BIZARRE TALE, some unique stuff.

      Every good wish, David

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