The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford (FSG Classics) (Paperback)
Since there was no Pulitzer for fiction this year, it seemed like a good time to look at past winners who may be less widely read today. Halfway through this rich collection of stories I'm amazed at how easily Jean Stafford switches between settings and moods. You can listen to one of her most unnverving stories, "The Interior Castle," at Miette's Bedtime Story Podcast. In contrast, all of the stories about young Americans in Europe had me laughing out loud. She has to be one of the most versatile short story writers ever.— From Rebecca
These Pulitzer Prize-winning stories represent the major short works of fiction by one of the most distinctively American stylists of her day. Jean Stafford communicates the small details of loneliness and connection, the search for freedom and the desire to belong, that not only illuminate whole lives but also convey with an elegant economy of words the sense of the place and time in which her protagonists find themselves. The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford includes the acclaimed story "An Influx of Poets," which has never before appeared in book form.
About the Author
Jean Stafford (1915-79) was the author of three novels, Boston Adventure, The Mountain Lion, The Catherine Wheel, as well as several children's and nonfiction books. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1970.
Joyce Carol Oates has published more than 40 novels and is the recipient of several awards, including the National Book Award, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and the Normal Mailer Prize for Lifetime Achievement. Her bestselling novels include them, We Were the Mulvaneys, and Blonde.
“The appearance of these stories in one volume is an event in our literature. To have built up so distinguished a collection, each story excellent in its own way and each an original departure in relation to the others, is a triumph. ” —Guy Davenport, New York Times Book Review