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William Maxwell: Later Novels and Stories

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On the centennial of William Maxwell's birth, here is the second volume in a two- volume collected edition that reveals the full range of an extraordinary literary voice, a voice that John Updike has called "one of the wisest in American fiction . . . as well as one of the kindest." In Later Novels and Stories, Maxwell deepens his connection to his signature subject matter even as he broadens his canvas. The Ch?teau (1961) describes the most subtle and bittersweet encounter of American naivet? and Old World ...
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Overview

On the centennial of William Maxwell's birth, here is the second volume in a two- volume collected edition that reveals the full range of an extraordinary literary voice, a voice that John Updike has called "one of the wisest in American fiction . . . as well as one of the kindest." In Later Novels and Stories, Maxwell deepens his connection to his signature subject matter even as he broadens his canvas. The Château (1961) describes the most subtle and bittersweet encounter of American naiveté and Old World mystery since Henry James. So Long, See You Tomorrow
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598530261
  • Publisher: Library of America, The
  • Publication date: 9/4/2008
  • Pages: 990
  • Sales rank: 1,264,623
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Carduff, editor, is a consulting editor at The Library of America. His companion edition, William Maxwell: Early Novels and Stories, was published in January 2008.
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Table of Contents

The Chateau 1

Stories 1963-1976

A Final Report 365

The Value of Money 379

A Game of Chess 398

The Poor Orphan Girl 420

The Gardens of Mont-Saint-Michel 425

Over by the River 446

The Thistles in Sweden 486

So Long, See You Tomorrow 507

Billie Dyer and Other Stories

Billie Dyer 617

Love 644

The Man in the Moon 648

With Reference to an Incident at a Bridge 666

My Father's Friends 671

The Front and the Back Parts of the House 680

The Holy Terror 702

Stories 1986-1999

Grape Bay (1941) 715

The Lily-White Boys 725

What He Was Like 731

The Room Outside 735

A Set of Twenty-one Improvisations

1 A love story 743

2 The industrious tailor 747

3 The country where nobody ever grew old and died 755

4 The fisherman who had nobody to go out in his boat with him 759

5 The two women friends 763

6 The carpenter 768

7 The man who had no friends and didn't want any 773

8 A fable begotten of an echo of a line of verse by W. B. Yeats 778

9 The blue finch of Arabia 783

10 The sound of waves 788

11 The woman who never drew breath except to complain 792

12 The masks 795

13 The man who lost his father 798

14 The old woman whose house was beside a running stream 801

15 The pessimistic fortune-teller 806

16 The printing office 810

17 The lamplighter 815

18 The kingdom where straightforward, logical thinking was admired over every other kind 819

19 The old man at the railroad crossing 827

20 A mean and spiteful toad 831

21 All the days and nights 835

Other Improvisations

1 The old man who was afraid of falling 843

2 The epistolarian 847

3 The shepherd's wife 851

4 The marble watch 856

5 The half-crazy woman 862

6 Thewoman who didn't want anything more 864

7 The girl with a willing heart and a cold mind 868

8 The woodcutter 871

9 The man who had never been sick a day in his life 876

10 The problem child 878

11 The woman who had no eye for small details 883

12 The man who loved to eat 888

13 The woman with a talent for talking 891

14 Perfection 896

15 What you can't hang on to 899

16 Mushrooms 904

17 The dancing 907

18 The education of Her Majesty the Queen 910

19 Newton's law 914

Nearing Ninety 917

App Preface to The Chateau 927

App Preface to So Long, See You Tomorrow 929

App Preface to All the Days and Nights: The Collected Stories of William Maxwell 931

App Remarks upon accepting the Gold Medal in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters 933

Chronology 937

Note on the Texts 966

Notes 974

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