Patricia Hampl

Award winning author



The Florist’s Daughter

Newsday’s Favorite Books 2007 Minnesota Book Award Winner Midwest Booksellers’ Association Choice Award Honor Book “The result is electric and alive, containing a fire her mother would surely recognize and a beauty her father would approve . . . . …. Continue Reading →

Blue Arabesque: A Search for the Sublime

This meditation on the odalisque figure in Western art opens with Patricia Hampl’s discovery, as a young woman, of a Matisse painting in the Chicago Art Institute: an aloof woman gazing at goldfish in a bowl, a mysterious Moroccan screen… Continue Reading →

I Could Tell You Stories

In this timely collection, Ms. Hampl “weaves personal stories and grand ideas into shimmering bolts of prose” (Minneapolis Star Tribune) as she considers the habit of autobiographical writing that enchants and bedevils her. Hampl reflects on her family’s response to… Continue Reading →

A Romantic Education

This memoir, described by Doris Grumbach as “unusually elegant and meditative,” is once more available with an updated “Afterword” by the author. Golden Prague seemed mostly gray when Ms. Hampl first went there during the dark days of the Cold… Continue Reading →


Antonin Dvorak’s summer 1893 stay in Spillville, Iowa is the point of departure for this collaboration between Ms. Hampl and artist Steven Sorman. “Ms. Hampl’s prose is enchanting; Mr. Sorman’s art is elegant.” The New Yorker “Ms. Hampl succeeds wonderfully……. Continue Reading →

Virgin Time

Eager to shake off the indelible brand of a Catholic upbringing, Patricia Hampl seeks the “old world” of Catholicism. On her pilgrimage to Saint Francis’s Assisi, she meets other seekers–crotchety English agnostics, American friars and nuns, and the ardent souls… Continue Reading →

Resort and Other Poems

In her second collection of poems, Patricia Hampl addresses the classical themes of beauty and love, loss and memory, in  a series of shorter poems and then in the long title poem. Set in a small, tumbledown cabin on the… Continue Reading →

Woman Before an Aquarium

In her first book (a collection of poems), Patricia Hampl establishes the themes and preoccupations that would come to define her work in poetry and prose in the next decades: her Minnesota upbringing, her Czech and Catholic heritage, love and… Continue Reading →

Tell Me True: Memoir, History, and Writing a Life

Balancing precariously between history and literature, memoir writers have finally found their place on the bookshelf. But increased notoriety brings intense scrutiny: memoirists are expected to create a narrative worthy of fiction while also staying true to the facts. Historians,… Continue Reading →

The Saint Paul Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald

F Scott Fitzgerald’s St. Paul is a city of winter dreams and ice palaces, lakeside parties and neighborhood hijinks. These stories of ambition and young love, insecurity and awkwardness, pit a poor boy with energy and intelligence against the upper… Continue Reading →

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