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A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion

Wild SurgeRon Hansen M.A. '95 reads an excerpt from A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion (Scribner 2011). Based on a real case whose lurid details scandalized Americans in 1927, Hansen's latest work is a tour de force of erotic tension and looming violence. Centered on an affair between Ruth Snyder and Judd Gray, and the murder of Snyder's husband, the story is a thrilling exposition of the murder plan, a police investigation, the lovers' attempt to escape prosecution, and a final reckoning that lays bare the horror and sorrow of their actions. Moreover, it showcases Hansen's ability to write elegant and vivid novels that cut cleanly to the essence of the human heart.

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Ron Hansen M.A. '95Hansen was born in Omaha, Neb. and educated at Creighton University, at the University of Iowa’s Writers Workshop, and at Stanford University, where he held a Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Fellowship.

He has received fellowships from the Michigan Society of Fellows, the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and the Lyndhurst Foundation, and was presented with an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

Professor Hansen has taught fiction and screenwriting at such institutions as Stanford, Michigan, Cornell, Iowa, and Arizona, and is now the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Santa Clara, where he earned an M.A. in spirituality in 1995.

Summer 2011

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