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9780374531638

The Collected Stories of Caroline Gordon

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  • ISBN13:

    9780374531638

  • ISBN10:

    0374531633

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-05-26
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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The complete collection of short fiction from a literary stylist who captured the nuances of life in the American South of the early twentieth century,The Collected Stories of Caroline Gordonis firmly rooted in the traditions, the social habits, and the land itself. As Robert Penn Warren writes in his introduction, "Caroline Gordon's world lies in southeast Kentucky . . . [She displays] a disciplined style as unpretentious and clear as running water, but shot through with glints of wit, humor, pity, and poetry. [She had] the rare gift of the teller of the tale."Caroline Gordonwas the author of nine novels, two short story collections, and two works of criticism. She was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a winner of the O. Henry Award.HerCollected Storieswas aNew York TimesNotable Book of the Year.The complete collection of short fiction from a literary stylist who captured the nuances of life in the American South of the early twentieth century,The Collected Stories of Caroline Gordonis firmly rooted in the traditions, the social habits, and the land itself. As Robert Penn Warren writes in his introduction, "Caroline Gordon's world lies in southeast Kentucky . . . [She displays] a disciplined style as unpretentious and clear as running water, but shot through with glints of wit, humor, pity, and poetry. [She had] the rare gift of the teller of the tale." "Extraordinary vigor . . . Caroline Gordon writes with uncommon probity and assurance."--Anne Tyler,The New York Times Book Review "The lessons of Henry James and [Ford Madox] Ford are applied to Southerners of all classes in stories shot through with a brilliant ‘solidity of specification.' A wonderful book."--The Washington Post Book World "Finishing these stories, one is like a gratified traveler who remembers vividly where he's been and longs to return. Caroline Gordon stands in the tradition of our most prized southern writers. She preserves our heritage."--Newsday "[Caroline Gordon] is great on getting things there so concretely that they can't possibly escape . . . That is real masterly doing, and nobody does it any better than Caroline. You walk through her stories like you are walking in a complete real world. And watch how the meaning comes from the things themselves and not from her imposing anything."--Flannery O'Connor,The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor "In this collection one can see how a story speaks for its creator's sense of literary timelessness . . . [These stories] are records of the struggles of the human spirit to survive."--The Christian Science Monitor Table of Contents Introduction by Robert Penn Warren I The Petrified Woman The Burning Eyes Tom Rivers Old Red The Enemies One More Time The Long Day To Thy Chamber Window, Sweet The Last Day in the Field The Presence One Against Thebes II Hear the Nightingale Sing The Forest of the South The Ice House The Captive III The Brilliant Leaves Her Quaint Honor Mr. Powers All Lovers Love the Spring The Waterfall IV A Walk with the Accuser The Olive Garden

Author Biography

Caroline Gordon (1895-1981) was the author of several novels and short-story collections.

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Praise for Caroline Gordon and The Collected Stories

“[Caroline Gordon] is great on getting things there so concretely that they can’t possibly escape . . . That is real masterly doing, and nobody does it any better than Caroline. You walk through her stories like you are walking in a complete real world. And watch how the meaning comes from the things themselves and not from her imposing anything.”—Flannery O’Connor, The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor

“The lessons of Henry James and [Ford Madox] Ford are applied to Southerners of all classes in stories shot through with a brilliant ‘solidity of specification.’ A wonderful book.”—The Washington Post Book World

“In this collection one can see how a story speaks for its creator’s sense of literary timelessness . . . [These stories] are records of the struggles of the human spirit to survive.”—The Christian Science Monitor

“Extraordinary vigor . . . Caroline Gordon writes with uncommon probity and assurance.”—Anne Tyler, The New York Times Book Review

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