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Collected Stories includes both volumes of the National Book Award–winning author Shirley Hazzard’s short-story collections—Cliffs of Fall and People in Glass Houses—alongside uncollected works and two previously unpublished stories

Shirley Hazzard's Collected Stories is a work of staggering breadth and accomplishment. Taken together, these twenty-eight short stories are masterworks in telescoping focus, ranging from quotidian struggles between beauty and pragmatism to satirical send-ups of international bureaucracy, from the Italian countryside to suburban Connecticut. Hazzard's heroes are high-minded romantics who attempt to fit their feelings into the twentieth-century world of office jobs and dreary marriages. After all, as she writes in "The Picnic," "It was tempting to confine oneself to what one could cope with. And one couldn't cope with love." And yet it is the comedy, the tragedy, and the splendor of love, the pursuit and the absence of it, that animates Hazzard's stories and provides the truth and beauty that her protagonists seek.

Hazzard once said, "The idea that somebody has expressed something, in a supreme way, that it can be expressed; this is, I think, an enormous feature of literature." Her stories themselves are a supreme evocation of writing at its very best: probing, uncompromising, and deeply felt.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374126483
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 11/03/2020
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 38,787
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Shirley Hazzard (1931–2016) is the author of several works of nonfiction, including Greene on Capri, a memoir of Graham Greene, and of fiction, including The Evening of the Holiday, The Bay of Noon, The Transit of Venus, and The Great Fire, winner of the National Book Award. She lived in New York City and Capri.

Brigitta Olubas is a professor of English at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Her recent books are We Need Silence to Find Out What We Think: Selected Essays by Shirley Hazzard and, with Elizabeth McMahon, Elizabeth Harrower: Critical Essays.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

January 30, 1931

Place of Birth:

Sydney, Australia


Educated at Queenwood College, Sydney, Australia

Table of Contents

Foreword Zoë Heller vii

Cliffs of Fall

The Party 3

A Place in the Country 12

Vittorio 43

In One's Own House 57

Villa Adriana 73

Cliffs of Fall 79

Weekend 95

Harold 103

The Picnic 112

The Worst Moment of the Day 120

People in Glass Houses

Nothing in Excess 133

The Flowers of Sorrow 154

The Meeting 162

Swoboda's Tragedy 175

The Story of Miss Sadie Graine 197

Official Life 223

A Sense of Mission 240

The Separation of Dinah Delbanco 255

Uncollected / Unpublished

Woollahra Road 267

Forgiving 274

Comfort 280

Out of Itea 287

The Everlasting Delight 296

The Statue and the Bust 309

Leave it to Me 317

Sir Cecil's Ride 326

Le Nozze 341

The Sack of Silence 346

Editor's Note 355

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