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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 Gordon is firmly rooted in the traditions, the social habits, and the land itself. As Robert Penn Warren writes in his introduction, “Caroline Gordons 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 Gordon was 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. Her Collected Stories was a New York Times Notable 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 Gordon is firmly rooted in the traditions, the social habits, and the land itself. As Robert Penn Warren writes in his introduction, “Caroline Gordons 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 cant 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 OConnor, The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery OConnor

“In this collection one can see how a story speaks for its creators 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
Emmanuele!  Emmanuele!
 
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Synopsis:

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 Gordon is firmly rooted in the traditions, the social habits, and the land itself. As Robert Penn Warren writes in his introduction, “Caroline Gordons 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.”

About the Author

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374531638
Author:
Gordon, Caroline
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Introduction by:
Warren, Robert Penn
Introduction:
Warren, Robert Penn
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
FSG Classics
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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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 Gordon is firmly rooted in the traditions, the social habits, and the land itself. As Robert Penn Warren writes in his introduction, “Caroline Gordons 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.”

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