The Man Who Wanted to Smell Books and Other Stories

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Elspeth Davie is one of Scotland's finest and most underrated short-story writers. Her prose style is as clear and occasionally unnerving as that of Muriel Spark, yet her work reveals a gentler and more compassionate, but no less penetrating eye for the beauty and the strangeness of the daily human condition. This wide-ranging collection of the very best of Elspeth Davie's short fiction offers an important reassessment of a wonderful writer. Introduced by Giles Gordon.

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Overview

Elspeth Davie is one of Scotland's finest and most underrated short-story writers. Her prose style is as clear and occasionally unnerving as that of Muriel Spark, yet her work reveals a gentler and more compassionate, but no less penetrating eye for the beauty and the strangeness of the daily human condition. This wide-ranging collection of the very best of Elspeth Davie's short fiction offers an important reassessment of a wonderful writer. Introduced by Giles Gordon.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Exceptionally powerful . . . this is a most impressive collection, a work of genuine imagination. And Mrs Davie's measured, subtly cadenced prose is a pleasure to read."  —Observer

"Mrs Davie commands a beautifully clear prose style that she can intensify when necessary to touch the hem of poetry."  —Edinburgh Evening News

"Shows the skill and originality of the writer in articulating and devising images for human doubts and ambiguities."  —Herald

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841952000
  • Publisher: Canongate UK
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Series: Canongate Classics Series
  • Pages: 374
  • Sales rank: 1,300,828
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

 Elspeth Dryer, born in 1919 to a Scottish father and a Canadian mother, spent her early years of her childhood in England. When she was nine her parents returned to Scotland and she continued her schooling at George Watson's Ladies' College in Edinburgh. From there she went on to study Fine Arts, English,and Philosophy at Edinburgh University before moving to Edinburgh College of Art where she took a diploma in Art. After graduating she taught painting for several years. She married the philosopher George Elder Davie in 1944.

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