The Collected Stories of William Carlos Williams

Overview

New Directions has long published poet William Carlos Williams' entire body of short fiction as The Farmers' Daughters (1961). This new edition of The Collected Stories of William Carlos Williams contains all fifty-two stories combining the early collections The Knife of the Times (1932), Life Along the Possaic (1938) with the later collection Make Light of It (1950) and the great long story, "The Farmers' Daughters" (1956). When these stories first appeared, their vitality and immediacy shocked many readers, as ...
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Overview

New Directions has long published poet William Carlos Williams' entire body of short fiction as The Farmers' Daughters (1961). This new edition of The Collected Stories of William Carlos Williams contains all fifty-two stories combining the early collections The Knife of the Times (1932), Life Along the Possaic (1938) with the later collection Make Light of It (1950) and the great long story, "The Farmers' Daughters" (1956). When these stories first appeared, their vitality and immediacy shocked many readers, as did the blunt, idiosyncratic speech of Williams' immigrant and working-class characters. But the passage of time has silenced the detractors, and what shines in the best of these stories is the unflinching honesty and deep humanity of Williams' portraits, burnished by the seeming artlessness which only the greatest masters command.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Assembling his 52 published short stories, this collection draws on Williams's experiences as a physician ministering to working-class immigrants. (June)
Library Journal
This is a reprint of the collection published in 1961 as The Farmer's Daughters. LJ's reviewer observed that "these are not short stories in the accepted technical sense of the word. Call them rather vignettes for some are less than two pages long, or even diagnoses for they reflect to a great extent the author's experiences as a practicing physician who has treated man not only as an object for the application of drugs but also as material for the work of art" (LJ 12/1/61). This edition also contains a new introduction by Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D., who offers a doctor's perspective on Williams. Essential for all libraries.
Harvey Shapiro
"These stories of a mind racing at top speed to touch and decipher." -- New York Times
Kenneth Rexroth
"So these prestite-odd stories are among the most precious possessions of the 20th-century in the new English. And when they come to ask, 'what were they like?' we can say, 'This is us.'" - A New Leader
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811213288
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Sales rank: 1,021,062
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
The Knife of the Times 3
A Visit to the Fair 7
Hands Across the Sea 14
The Sailor's Son 21
An Old Time Raid 26
The Buffalos 33
Mind and Body 38
The Colored Girls of Passenack - Old and New 50
A Descendant of Kings 58
Pink and Blue 69
Old Doc Rivers 77
Life Along the Passaic River 109
The Girl with a Pimply Face 117
The Use of Force 131
A Night in June 136
The Dawn of Another Day 144
Jean Beicke 158
A Face of Stone 167
To Fall Asleep 177
The Cold World 185
Four Bottles of Beer 191
At the Front 196
The Right Thing 198
Second Marriage 201
A Difficult Man 203
Danse Pseudomacabre 208
The Venus 212
The Accident 221
Under the Greenwood Tree 225
World's End 232
The Burden of Loveliness 245
Above the River 251
No Place for a Woman 255
In Northern Waters 258
The Paid Nurse 264
Frankie the Newspaper Man 271
Ancient Gentility 273
The Final Embarrassment 276
The Round the World Fliers 278
The Redhead 283
Verbal Transcription: 6 A.M. 285
The Insane 287
The Good Old Days 291
A Good-Natured Slob 293
A Lucky Break 297
The Pace That Kills 300
Lena 302
Country Rain 309
Inquest 317
Comedy Entombed 322
The Zoo 333
The Farmers' Daughters 345
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