The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford

Overview

These Pulitzer Prize-winning stories represent the major short works of fiction by one of the most distinctively American stylists of her day. Jean Stafford communicates the small details of loneliness and connection, the search for freedom and the desire to belong, that not only illuminate whole lives but also convey with an elegant economy of words the sense of the place and time in which her protagonists find themselves. This volume also includes the acclaimed story "An Influx of Poets," which has never before...

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Overview

These Pulitzer Prize-winning stories represent the major short works of fiction by one of the most distinctively American stylists of her day. Jean Stafford communicates the small details of loneliness and connection, the search for freedom and the desire to belong, that not only illuminate whole lives but also convey with an elegant economy of words the sense of the place and time in which her protagonists find themselves. This volume also includes the acclaimed story "An Influx of Poets," which has never before appeared in book form.

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"The appearance of these stories in one volume is an event in our literature. To have built up so distinguished a collection, each story excellent in its own way and each an original departure in relation to the others, is a triumph. " —Guy Davenport, New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374529932
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 9/14/2005
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 438,646
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Stafford (1915-79) was the author of three novels as well as several children's and nonfiction books. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1970.

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Joyce Carol Oates

Author's Note

The Innocents Abroad

Maggie Meriwether's Rich Experience

The Children's Game

The Echo and the Nemesis

The Maiden

A Modest Proposal

Caveat Emptor

The Bostonians, and Other Manifestations of the American Scene

Life Is No Abyss

The Hope Chest

Polite Conversation

A Country Love Story

The Bleeding Heart

The Lippia Lawn

The Interior Castle

Cowboys and Indians, and Magic Mountains

The Healthiest Girl in Town

The Tea Time of Stouthearted Ladies

The Mountain Day

The Darkening Moon

Bad Characters

In the Zoo

The Liberation

A Reading Problem

A Summer Day

The Philosophy Lesson

Manhattan Island

Children Are Bored on Sunday

Beatrice Trueblood's Story

Between the Porch and the Altar

I Love Someone

Cops and Robbers

The Captain's Gift

The End of a Career

An Influx of Poets

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