Collected Stories of Reynolds Price

Collected Stories of Reynolds Price For over three decades Reynolds Price has been one of America s most distinguished writers in a career that has been remarkable both for its virtuosity and for the variety of literary forms he has e

  • Title: Collected Stories of Reynolds Price
  • Author: Reynolds Price
  • ISBN: 9780689121470
  • Page: 153
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For over three decades, Reynolds Price has been one of America s most distinguished writers, in a career that has been remarkable both for its virtuosity and for the variety of literary forms he has embraced Now he shows himself as much a master of the story as he is of the novel, in a volume that presents fifty stories, including two early collections The Names and FaFor over three decades, Reynolds Price has been one of America s most distinguished writers, in a career that has been remarkable both for its virtuosity and for the variety of literary forms he has embraced Now he shows himself as much a master of the story as he is of the novel, in a volume that presents fifty stories, including two early collections The Names and Faces of Heroes and Permanent Errors as well as than two dozen new stories that have never been gathered together before In his introduction, Mr Price explains how, after the publication of his first two collections, he wrote no new stories for almost twenty years But once I needed for unknown reasons in a new and radically altered life to return to the story, it opened before me like a new chance.A collection like this then, he adds, will show a writer s preoccupations in ways the novel severely rations novels are partly made for that purpose the release from self, long flights through the Other John Keats s assertion that the excellence of every Art is its intensity has served as a license and standard for me From the start my stories were driven by heat passion and mystery, often passion for the mystery I ve found in particular rooms and spaces and the people they threaten or shelter and my general aim is the transfer of a spell of keen witness, perceived by the reader as warranted in character and act There is, indeed, much for the reader to witness here of passion and mystery, of character and act And the variety of stories many of them set in Reynolds Price s native North Carolina, but a surprising number set in distant parts Jerusalem in An Early Christmas, the American Southwest in Walking Lessons, and a number in Europe will astonish even his most devoted readers In short, The Collected Stories of Reynolds Price is as deeply rewarding a book as any he has yet published.

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    1. September 2010THIS BOOK IS ABOUT OH HELL NOW I’M DOING IT TOO GODDAMMITRRY THE WAY CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHY PEOPLE ARE DOING THIS PLEASE. Sorry, sorry. I’m just curious. I always show up to the party after the memes have been handed out, so I never know what’s going on. I still don’t understand the “How is babby formed?” thing, and nobody even told me there would, or wouldn’t, be cake. Also, my poor sense of timing means that the whole THIS BOOK IS ABOUT joke will probably cease to b [...]

    2. This enormous collection of short stories contains 50 stories written over a span of almost 40 years. Because the collection is so lengthy, diverse, and spans the two ends of Price's writing career, it is nearly impossible to summarize them in just a few sentences. I found a few of the stories to be very compelling, several to be quite good, and about half of them I felt little to no engagement with, and because these were the majority of the stories, I have quite mixed views about this collecti [...]

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