In another Part of the Forest: An Anthology of Gay Short Fiction

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In this authoritative collection of short stories on male homosexuality by gay and non-gay writers, Alberto Manguel, "an editor with a brilliant strong natural taste" (London Gazette) and Craig Stephenson present a rich diversity of visions and voices, creating an anthology that makes gay fiction accessible to a mainstream audience. Line drawings.
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Overview

In this authoritative collection of short stories on male homosexuality by gay and non-gay writers, Alberto Manguel, "an editor with a brilliant strong natural taste" (London Gazette) and Craig Stephenson present a rich diversity of visions and voices, creating an anthology that makes gay fiction accessible to a mainstream audience. Line drawings.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This laborious anthology posits that, before Stonewall and the emergence of a gay-specific literature, there was already a rich heritage of fiction by gay and non-gay writers ``touching on a gay theme.'' Unfortunately, most of these stories do little more than that. The range of writers is impressive--Francoise Sagan, I. B. Singer, Daphne du Maurier, Hemingway, D. H. Lawrence, James Baldwin, Ann Beattie among them--but the focus is all too frequently on situations rather than on the characters. In Sagan's ``The Unknown Visitor,'' a woman returns from shopping with a friend to find evidence of her husband's gay infidelity, while in William Trevor's ``Torridge,'' an upperclassman in an English boarding school seeking to seduce a younger boy leaves a courtship note under the wrong pillow. And in Hemingway's ``A Simple Enquiry,'' an interested army major interrogates a young adjutant as to his sexual preferences with only indirect reference to homosexuality. In evocative preludes to each story, editors Manguel ( Other Fires ) and Stephenson ( Between Worlds ) make valiant attempts to reconfirm the unity of the collection. However, the volume unintentionally chronicles more clearly how insignificant and tangential the portrayal of gay lives has been in the world literatures of the past. (July)
Library Journal
Among the dozens of gay and lesbian anthologies focusing on a social topic or literary genre, this is the third recent anthology attmpting to compass the breadth of modern ``gay male literature.'' Unfortunately, this collection falls short of Edmund White's diverse The Faber Book of Gay Short Fiction (LJ 11/1/91), instead imitating David Leavitt's dreary The Penguin Book of Gay Short Stories (LJ 11/15/93). Rather than striking out with a unique definition of the genre, or offering the reader some lost treasures, Manguel and Spehenson have rounded up the usual list of suspects-even presenting some of the very same stories as Leavitt. Were this repetition not reason enough to close the volume on the contents page, Manguel's rambling introduction should have readers shaking their heads in disbelief. To say that ``with one or two little-known exceptions, gay literature has no fantastic stories, no imaginary worlds'' in the face of a tradition from Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray through Theodore Sturgeon (whose work is included here!) to multiple award-winning Samuel Delany requires no little imagination. All libraries should have a copy of White's work, and those looking for diversity may purchase Leavitt's; the current volume is not needed.-Eric Bryant, ``Library Journal''
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517881569
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/14/1994
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 682
  • Product dimensions: 5.47 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 1.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Arthur Snatchfold 1
The Outing 16
The Cinderella Waltz 40
Contact 59
Michel 72
Hands 89
Clancy in the Tower of Babel 95
When I Was Thirteen 107
Reprise 123
Punchlines 137
An Intimate Death 151
The Drapery Man 157
The Unknown Visitor 170
Dinner for One 177
The Turkey Season 192
Encounter 208
The Mysteries of the Joy Rio 220
The Sharks 232
Ties 241
The Cold Wind and the Warm 249
Southern Skies 266
A Sky Full of Bright, Twinkling Stars 284
A Simple Enquiry 291
Hard Feelings 295
Onnagata 312
May We Borrow Your Husband? 333
Summer Tidings 362
On Certainty 371
Torridge 387
On Ruegen Island 407
Pigs Can't Fly 428
The Reservoir 457
The World Well Lost 464
Bragg and Minna 483
La Chance Existe 501
Divorce in Naples 509
Minor Heroism 522
Jeopardy 543
Rupert and Gerald 559
Mr. Wilde's Second Chance 577
The Siege 581
Ganymede 588
Old Boys 624
A Diamond Guitar 645
Two 655
Notes on the Authors 669
Sources 678
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