The Collected Stories of Carol Emshwiller, Vol. 1

Overview

Crossing the boundaries between fabulist literature, science fiction, and magical realism, the stories in this collection offer a valuable glimpse into the evolution of Carol Emshwiller’s ideas and style during her more than 50-year career. Influenced by J. G. Ballard, Steven Millhauser, Philip K. Dick, and Lydia Davis, Emshwiller has a range of works that is impressive and demonstrates her refusal to be labeled or to stick to one genre. This exhilarating new collection marks the ...

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Overview

Crossing the boundaries between fabulist literature, science fiction, and magical realism, the stories in this collection offer a valuable glimpse into the evolution of Carol Emshwiller’s ideas and style during her more than 50-year career. Influenced by J. G. Ballard, Steven Millhauser, Philip K. Dick, and Lydia Davis, Emshwiller has a range of works that is impressive and demonstrates her refusal to be labeled or to stick to one genre. This exhilarating new collection marks the first time many of the early stories have been published in book form and is evidence of the genius of Emshwiller, one of America’s most versatile and imaginative authors.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In her introduction, Emshwiller (The Secret City) says, "I've never known quite what to call my writing." Readers of this offbeat collection of more than 80 short stories spanning nearly five decades might apply labels such as murder mystery, hard science fiction, magical realism, and narrative nonfiction. 1954's "Built for Pleasure" anticipates The Stepford Wives by decades, but is followed by two tales with similar premises, diluting its impact. The transition from mail-order wives to feminist writings, including musings on female genitalia and a story accompanied by drawings of breasts in profile, is abrupt and jarring. The contents are arranged chronologically and unfortunately bereft of authorial notes that might bring some order to the chaos. SF fans may want to skip straight to the moving Nebula-winning "Creature" and otherwise select their own "best of Carol Emshwiller" from this overly comprehensive collection. (Apr.)
Newsday
First and foremost, Emshwiller is a poet with a poet's sensibility, precision, and magic. She revels in the sheer taste and sound of words, she infuses them with an extraordinary vitality and sense of life.
Urusula K. Guin
Emshwiller's readers know her as a major fabulist, a marvelous magical realist, one of the strongest, most complex, most consistently feminist voices in fiction.
Ursulla Guin
Emshwiller's readers know her as a major fabulist, a marvelous magical realist, one of the strongest, most complex, most consistently feminist voices in fiction.--(Urusula K. Guin, award-winning author, Lavinia)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933065229
  • Publisher: NonStop Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Pages: 536
  • Sales rank: 959,454
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Emshwiller has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a Pushcart Prize. She has received the Philip K. Dick, Hugo, and Nebula awards for her novels and short stories, which include Carmen Dog, Mister Boots, The Mount, The Secret City, and The Start of the End of It All. Her stories have appeared in McSweeney's, Omni, and The Voice Literary Supplement. She lives in New York City.

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