Danielle Evans is a modern American author. She studied at Columbia University and the University of Iowa. She is currently teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and will be teaching at John-Hopkins University in the fall. She has won several awards, including the “5 Under 35” fiction writer’s award in 2011. Her first anthology of short stories has been awarded the PEN/Robert Bingham in the same year. Danielle Evans’s writing was also published in The Paris Review and the 2008 and 2010 Best American Short Stories collections in addition to the 2017 one, where “Richard of York Gave Battle In Vain” was anthologized. This is an impressive amount of accolades for such a comparatively young author.
“Richard of York Gave Battle In Vain,” was also published in the American Short Fiction literary journal, in Fall 2016, which was a retrospective of the best pieces published in the past 25 years. New Pages review of the journal mentions Evans’s story by name, and devotes a paragraph to it, an honor for such a brief review of a whole journal chock full of excellent writing.
Jenny Mark, the reviewer mentioned above said that, “Another story in this volume that had me completely focused on every word was “Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain” by Danielle Evans. The name of the story was confusing to me—what could it be about? Even having read the story, I still am not sure how the title connects to the events within except that it harkens somewhat to the main character, Rena.”
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