William Maxwell: Later Novels and Stories

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 Château (1961) describes the most subtle and bittersweet encounter of American naiveté and Old World mystery since Henry James. So Long, See You Tomorrow, Billie Dyer (1992) and eleven other works of short fiction, some never before collected. The volume concludes with forty brief "improvisations"—fairy tales Maxwell wrote for his wife—and the essay "Nearing Ninety" (1997), his moving valediction to a lifetime of reading and storytelling.

LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation’s literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America’s best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781598530261
Publisher: Library of America
Publication date: 09/04/2008
Series: Library of America William Maxwell Edition Series , #2
Pages: 990
Sales rank: 1,156,832
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

William Keepers Maxwell, Jr. (1908–2000) served as a fiction editor at The New Yorker from 1936 to 1975. 

Christopher Carduff 
is Books Editor of The Wall Street Journal and a former consulting editor at the Library of America. He is the editor of John Updike’s posthumous collections Higher Gossip: Essays and CriticismAlways Looking: Essays on Art, Selected Poems, and Collected Stories.

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