The Lonely Voice: A Study of the Short Story

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Introduction by Russell Banks.

The legendary book about writing by the legendary writer is back!

Frank O’Connor was one of the twentieth century’s greatest short story writers, and one of Ireland’s greatest authors ever. Now, O’Connor’s influential and sought-after book on the short story is back.

The Lonely Voice offers a master class with the master. With his sharp wit and straightforward prose, O’Connor not...

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Overview

Introduction by Russell Banks.

The legendary book about writing by the legendary writer is back!

Frank O’Connor was one of the twentieth century’s greatest short story writers, and one of Ireland’s greatest authors ever. Now, O’Connor’s influential and sought-after book on the short story is back.

The Lonely Voice offers a master class with the master. With his sharp wit and straightforward prose, O’Connor not only discusses the techniques and challenges of a form in which "a whole lifetime must be crowded into a few minutes," but he also delves into a passionate consideration of his favorite writers and their greatest works, including Chekhov, Hemingway, Kipling, Joyce, and others.

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"It's unsurprising that this book should prove so hardy: O'Connor was compelling when voicing an opinion. What Richard Ellmann calls the "assumptive tone" of his criticism can inspire, thrill and infuriate, but will never bore." —The Guardian

“A dazzling and provocative introduction to talking about what people do when they sit down to write short stories.” —from the introduction by Russell Banks

“This is a brilliant book on a subject about which little has been written. It carries, besides, the authority a critical work always possesses when its author is a distinguished practitioner of the art he is criticizing.”  —The New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935554424
  • Publisher: Melville House Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 991,077
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank O'Connor is widely recognized as one of Ireland’s greatest writers and cultural figures. He lived in the United States off and on after 1952, teaching at Harvard and Stanford, and writing stories for The New Yorker magazine. His most popular works include his Collected Stories, Guest of the Nation, and An Only Child.

Russell Banks is the author of sixteen works of fiction. He has received numerous international prizes, and two of his novels— The Sweet Hereafter and Affliction—have been made into award-
winning films. Banks lives in upstate New York.

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    Posted December 18, 2013

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    ~Name~Xenia ~Age~Old as dirt, looks 18 though. ~What is she~Demi-God(Immortal), and part Syren. ~Parents~Poesidan and Aphrodite ~Status~Single ~Crush~Secret ~Kid~Xaviar(15)(Son)(Father:Simeon) ~Looks~5'7 with wavy golden blonde hair that falls just past her shoulders. With ocean blue eyes, her wrists have a tattoo in cursive of forever, and then on her other wrist in cursive beauty. Her skin is tan from being outside all the time. ~Power~Can heal minor things. Good with animals, and can calm you. ~Weapon~A white elm bow given to her by Athena, a quiver that never emptys from Ares, and a pearl hilt silver dagger from her father. ~Pets~A Falcon named Crash, and a paint horse named Lady. ~Other~Sorry meh bio is so bad

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  • Posted July 12, 2011

    The most insightful book on writing I've ever read

    This book was recommended to me by a friend and it was the first of O'Connor I have read. Since that point I've inhaled his short stories and reread this book.

    If you want inspiration and astounding insight into the realm of the short story, start nowhere but this book.

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