In the Penny Arcadeby Steven Millhauser
The seven stories of In the Penny Arcade blend both the real and the fantastic in a seductive mix that illuminates the full range of Steven Millhauser's gifts, from "August Eschenburg, " the story of the clockmaker's son whose extraordinary talent for creating animated figures is lost on a world whose taste for the perverse and crude supercedes that of the refined and beautiful, to "Cathay, " a kingdom whose wonders include elaborate landscape paintings executed on the eyelids and nipples of court ladies.
Meet the Author
Steven Millhauser was born in 1943 in New York City, and grew up in Connecticut. He received a B.A. from Columbia University in 1965, and went on to pursue a doctorate in English at Brown University. He never completed his dissertation, but did complete a novel that was eventually published in a pared-down form under the title "From the Realm of Morpheus-as well as Edwin Mullhouse". However, it was for his stories that Millhauser became best known; immaculately written, curiously vivid, they trod on fantastic boards in a manner reminiscent of Poe or Borges, but with a distinctively American voice. After "In the Penny Arcade", Millhauser's collections continued with "The Barnum Museum" (1990), "Little Kingdoms" (1993), and "The Knife Thrower and Other Stories" (1998). Steven Millhauser lives in Saratoga Springs, New York, and teaches at Skidmore College.
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Reading each of Millhauser's short stories is such a treat, such a feast for the imagination, that to describe their greatness using words would never do them justice. Reading Millhauser is an EMOTION- a journey with a character's feelings. IN THE PENNY ARCADE is a lovely collection showcasing Millhauser's genius. AUGUST ESCHENBERG is the first novella and first third of the book- Millhauser's gift of using the English Language is exceptional, and if you haven't found that out yet, read ESCHENBERG. The rest of the stories are, of course, amazing as well.