A Frank O'Connor Reader

Overview

Frank O'Connor (1903-1966) is known primarily for his shot stories, and fine ones they are. There are seventeen of them in this Reader, and the best of them, in the words of Richard Ellmann 'stir those facial muscles which, we are told, are the same for both laughing and weeping.' Except for the masterpiece, 'Guest of the Nation, ' the stories included here have been out of print for twenty years, and one story had been previously unpublished.
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Overview

Frank O'Connor (1903-1966) is known primarily for his shot stories, and fine ones they are. There are seventeen of them in this Reader, and the best of them, in the words of Richard Ellmann 'stir those facial muscles which, we are told, are the same for both laughing and weeping.' Except for the masterpiece, 'Guest of the Nation, ' the stories included here have been out of print for twenty years, and one story had been previously unpublished.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Edited by one of O'Connor's biographers (Frank O'Connor at Work, Syracuse Univ. Pr., 1989), this volume presents to a new generation the best available sampling of work by a master whose reputation has deteriorated badly of late. A full range of O'Connor's stories (17), poetry translations (four), ``self-portraits'' (seven), and ``essays and portraits'' (eight) are included. At the center of the Irish Renaissance, O'Connor wrote with a friend's authority and the candor of Yeats, but he also offered fresh views on Mozart and New York City. His self-portraits, too, attest to the range of his interests and expertise. But it is his stories that best demonstrate that although he was Irish to the core, O'Connor's literary subject was the whole human condition. Highly recommended.-Charles C. Nash, Cottey Coll., Nevada, Mo.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815602781
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1994
  • Series: Irish Studies Series
  • Edition description: Syracuse University Press ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Guests of the Nation 3
In the Train 15
The Majesty of the Law 30
Michael's Wife 39
Orpheus and His Lute 56
What's Wrong with the Country 67
Old Fellows 82
The Holy Door 91
Darcy in Tir na nOg 142
The Rebel 148
The Face of Evil 157
Lonely Rock 167
A Minority 182
The Man of the World 191
The Genius 199
Music When Soft Voices Die 211
The Party 222
I Am Stretched on Your Grave 233
Kilcash 235
The Lament for Art O'Leary 237
The Midnight Court 247
Only Child 279
The Writer and the Welfare State: The Welfare State and I 283
A Boy in Prison 292
Meet Frank O'Connor 305
Talk with the Author 310
Writing A Story - One Man's Way 312
Why Don't You Write about America? 318
W. B. Yeats 325
All the Olympians 330
Introduction to A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man 341
For A Two-Hundredth Birthday 346
A Walk in New York 350
In Quest of Beer 360
The Conversion 368
Ireland 375
Works Cited 403
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