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A Thirsty Evil: Seven Short Stories
Synopses & Reviews
A collection of short fiction, including several stories on gay themes, among them: "Three Stratagems" and "Pages from an Abandoned Journal." Well crafted, innovative fiction — Gore Vidal at his best.
"Mr. Vidal's most successful stories are those in which his admirable talents are brought to bear on 'the world outside.' I found 'Erlinda and Mr. Coffin' a wonderfully comic invention and its narrator a caricature of almost Dickensian intensity. But the best story in the collection is 'A Moment of Green Laurel.' Having created a narrator in whose mind past and present interpenetrate, Mr. Vidal achieves at the climax of the story a startling synthesis of terror and nostalgia." The New Republic
"[His] stories range from the hilarious to the horrifying...Mr. Vidal can command as many characteristic styles as his themes suggest, for he is that comparative rarity among American novelists and dramatists, a man of letters." The Boston Globe
Table of Contents
Three stratagems — The robin — A moment of green laurel — The Zenner trophy — Erlinda and Mr. Coffin — Pages from an abandoned journal — The ladies in the library.
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