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Publisher Comments:

In these three novellas Steven Millhauser creates a poetry of the impossible that blithely crosses the threshold between the "real" world and the imaginary landscapes of art.

In "The Little Kingdom of J. Franklin Payne", a gentle eccentric constructs an elaborate alternate universe that is all the more appealing for being transparently unreal. "The Princess, the Dwarf, and the Dungeon" is at once a gothic tale of nightmarish jealousy and a meditation on the human need for exaltation and horror. And "Catalogue of the Exhibition" introduces us to the oeuvre of Edmund Moorash, a Romantic painter of a uniquely eerie artistry. Exuberantly inventive, as mysterious as dreams, Little Kingdoms will delight, mesmerize, and transport anyone who reads it.

Review:

"Millhauser...evokes the impact of non-verbal art with uncommon ease. He develops each of these stories with such narrative precision and well-chosen detail that even his most fanciful and abstract conceits fully engage the reader." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"There's nothing overly academic about Millhauser's fictional inventions — for every bit of cleverness, there's the art of true passion." Kirkus Reviews

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Synopsis:

Cartoons that draw their creator into another world; demonic paintings that exert a sinister influence on our own. Fairy tales that express the secret losses and anxieties of their tellers. These are the elements that Steven Millhauser employs to such marvelous—and often disquieting—effect in Little Kingdoms, a collection whose three novellas suggest magical companion pieces to his acclaimed longer fictions.

In "The Little Kingdom of J. Franklin Payne," a gentle eccentric constructs an elaborate alternate universe that is all the more appealing for being transparently unreal. "The Princess, the Dwarf, and the Dungeon" is at once a gothic tale of nightmarish jealousy and a meditation on the human need for exaltation and horror. And "Catalogue of the Exhibition" introduces us to the oeuvre of Edmund Moorash, a Romantic painter who might have been imagined by Nabokov or Poe. Exuberantly inventive, as mysterious as dreams, these novellas will delight, mesmerize, and transport anyone who reads them.

About the Author

Steven Millhauser received the Pulitzer Prize for Martin Dressler. He is a recipient of the Lannan Award and has been honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The author of Edwin Mullhouse, The Barnum Museum, and The Penny Arcade, among other books, he teaches at Skidmore College and lives with his wife and two children in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375701436
Publisher:
Vintage
Location:
New York :
Author:
Millhauser, Steven
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;short stories;novellas;fantasy;literature
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Series Volume:
v. 18
Publication Date:
19980231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.56x5.44x.62 in. .70 lbs.

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Product details 240 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375701436 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Millhauser...evokes the impact of non-verbal art with uncommon ease. He develops each of these stories with such narrative precision and well-chosen detail that even his most fanciful and abstract conceits fully engage the reader." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "There's nothing overly academic about Millhauser's fictional inventions — for every bit of cleverness, there's the art of true passion."
"Synopsis" by , US
"Synopsis" by , Cartoons that draw their creator into another world; demonic paintings that exert a sinister influence on our own. Fairy tales that express the secret losses and anxieties of their tellers. These are the elements that Steven Millhauser employs to such marvelous—and often disquieting—effect in Little Kingdoms, a collection whose three novellas suggest magical companion pieces to his acclaimed longer fictions.

In "The Little Kingdom of J. Franklin Payne," a gentle eccentric constructs an elaborate alternate universe that is all the more appealing for being transparently unreal. "The Princess, the Dwarf, and the Dungeon" is at once a gothic tale of nightmarish jealousy and a meditation on the human need for exaltation and horror. And "Catalogue of the Exhibition" introduces us to the oeuvre of Edmund Moorash, a Romantic painter who might have been imagined by Nabokov or Poe. Exuberantly inventive, as mysterious as dreams, these novellas will delight, mesmerize, and transport anyone who reads them.

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