The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 10/26/2010
  • Publisher: Picador
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Lydia Davis is one of our most original and influential writers. She has been called "an American virtuoso of the short story form" (Salon) and "one of the quiet giants . . . of American fiction" (Los Angeles Times Book Review).

Now, for the first time, Davis's short stories will be collected in one volume, from the groundbreaking Break It Down(1986) to the 2007 National Book Award nominee - Varieties of Disturbance.

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis is an event in American letters. Lydia Davis is the author of one novel and seven story collections, the most recent of which was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and was named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government for her fiction and her translations of modern writers including Maurice Blanchot, Michel Leiris, and Marcel Proust.

“Among the true originals of contemporary American short fiction.” -San Francisco Chronicle

“A body of work probably unique in American writing . . . I suspect that The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis will in time be seen as one of the great, strange American literary contributions.” -James Wood, The New Yorker

Davis is a magician of self-consciousness. Few writers now working make the words on the page matter more.” -Jonathan Franzen

Lydia Davis is one of the best writers in America. . . . She is the funniest writer I know."-Vince Passaro, O, The Oprah Magazine

“Magnificent . . . Davis has made one of the great books in recent literature, equal parts horse sense and heartache.”-Dan Chiasson, The New York Review of Books

“All who know Davis’s work probably remember their first time reading it . . . Blows the roof off of so many of our assumptions about what constitutes short fiction.” –Dave Eggers, McSweeney’s

“Sharp, deft, ironic, understated, and consistently surprising.” -Joyce Carol Oates

“The best prose stylist in America.” -Rick Moody

Author Biography

Lydia Davis is the author of one novel and seven story collections, the most recent of which was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award. She is the acclaimed translator of a new edition of Swann’s Way and is at work on a new translation of Madame Bovary.

Table of Contents

The Fears of Mrs. Orlando
Liminal: The Little Man
Break It Down
Mr. Burdoff's Visit to Germany
What She Knew
The Fish
Mildred and the Oboe
The Mouse
The Letter
Extracts from a Life
The House Plans
The Brother-in-Law
How W. H. Auden Spends the Night in a Friend's House:
In a House Besieged
Visit to Her Husband
Cockroaches in Autumn
The Bone
A Few Things Wrong with Me
Sketches for a Life of Wassilly
City Employment
Two Sisters
The Mother
French Lesson I: Le Meurtre
Once a Very Stupid Man
The Housemaid
The Cottages
Safe Love
What an Old Woman Will Wear
The Sock
Five Signs of Disturbance
Meat, My Husband
Jack in the Country
Foucault and Pencil
The Mice
The Thirteenth Woman
The Professor
The Cedar Trees
The Cats in the Prison Recreation Hall
Wife One in Country
The Fish Tank
The Center of the Story
Our Kindness
A Natural Disaster
Odd Behavior
St. Martin
In the Garment District
The Actors
What Was Interesting
In the Everglades
The Family
Trying to Learn
To Reiterate
Lord Royston's Tour
The Other
A Friend of Mine
This Condition
Go Away
Pastor Elaine's Newsletter
A Man in Our Town
A Second Chance
Almost No Memory
Mr. Knockly
How He Is Often Right
The Rape of the Tanuk Women
What I Feel
Lost Things
Glenn Could
From Below, as a Neighbor
The Great-Grandmothers
The House Behind
The Outing
A Position at the University
Examples of Confusion
The Race of the Patient Motorcyclists
Boring Friends
A Mown Lawn
City People
The White Tribe
Our Trip
Special Chair
Certain Knowledge from Herodotus
The Meeting
Blind Date
Examples of Remember
Old Mother and the Grouch
Samuel Johnson Is Indignant
New Year's Resolution
First Grade: Handwriting Practice
Happiest Moment
Jury Duty
A Double Negative
The Old Dictionary
Honoring the Subjunctive
How Difficult
Losing Memory
Letter to a Funeral Parlor
Thyroid Diary
Information from the North Concerning the Ice:
Murder in Bohemia
Happy Memories
They Take Turns Using a Word They Like
Marie Curie, So Honorable Woman
Mir the Hessian
My Neighbors in a Foreign Place
Oral History (with Hiccups)
The Patient
Right and Wrong
Alvin the Typesetter
My Husband and I
Spring Spleen
Her Damage
In a Northern Country
Away from Home
The Transformation
Two Sisters (II)
The Furnace
Young and Poor
The Silence of Mrs. Separate
Almost Over: Seperate Bedrooms
A Man from her Past
Dog and Me
The Good Taste Contest
Collaboration with Fly
Kafka Cooks Dinner
Tropical Storm
Good Times
Idea for a Short Documentary Film
Forbidden Subjects
Two Types
The Senses
Grammar Questions
The Caterpillar
Child Care
We Miss You: A Study of Get-Well Letters from a Class of Fourth-Graders
Passing Wind
Jane and the Cane
Getting to Know Your Body
Southward Bound, Reads Worstward Ho
The Walk
Varieties of Disturbance
Mrs. D and Her Maids
20 Sculptures in One Hour
What You Learn About the Baby
Her Mother's Mother
How It Is Done

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A Masterpiece of Collected Stories April 30, 2011
Lydia Davis's stories are like nobody else's. They are odd and original, with every word accounted for and considered. This textbook has a lot of really nice short stories, some a paragraph or even one sentence. There is an assortment of stories which I'm sure most people will like. While some of the stories are funny, some are more serious but it is still a good read. As for me, I'm very happy to deal with ecampus. The used textbook looks as if it is new and the price was good. Thanks.
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