Randall Jarrell's Book of Stories cover
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Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
June 30, 2002
Pages:
400
ISBN:
9781590170052
Series:
NYRB Classics
Categories:
Short Stories and Anthologies

Storytelling as a fundamental human impulse, one that announces itself at the moment, hidden in infancy, that dreams begin—this is what the poet and critic Randall Jarrell set out to illuminate in this extraordinary book. Here Jarrell presents ballads, parables, anecdotes, and legends along with some of the finest work of Chekhov, Babel, Elizabeth Bowen, Isak Dinesen, Kafka, Peter Taylor, and Katherine Anne Porter. This wonderful anthology, with its celebrated introductory essay, enlarges and deepens our perception of the storyteller’s art and its central place in the world of our feelings.

Contents

RANDALL JARRELL: Introduction


FRANZ KAFKA: A Country Doctor


ANTON CHEKHOV: Gusev


RAINER MARIA RILKE: The Wrecked Houses; The Big Thing


ROBERT FROST: The Witch of Co̦s


GIOVANNI VERGA: La Lupa


NIKOLAI GOGOL: The Nose


ELIZABETH BOWEN: Her Table Spread


LUDWIG TIECK: Fair Eckbert


BERTOLT BRECHT: Concerning the Infanticide, Marie Farrar


LEO TOLSTOY: The Three Hermits


PETER TAYLOR: What You Hear from ‘Em?


HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN: The Fir Tree


KATHERINE ANNE PORTER: He


ANONYMOUS: The Red King and the Witch


ANTON CHEKHOV: Rothschild’s Fiddle


THE BROTHERS GRIMM: Cat and Mouse in Partnership


E. M. FORSTER: The Story of the Siren


THE BOOK OF JONAH


FRANZ KAFKA: The Bucket-Rider


SAINT-SIMON: The Death of Monseigneur


ISAAC BABEL: Awakening


CHUANG T’ZU: Five Anecdotes


HUGO VON HOFMANNSTHAL: A Tale of the Cavalry


WILLIAM BLAKE: The Mental Traveller


D. H. LAWRENCE: Samson and Delilah


LEO TOLSTOY: The Porcelain Doll


IVAN TURGENEV: Byezhin Prairie


WILLIAM WORDSWORTH: The Ruined Cottage


FRANK O’CONNOR: Peasants


ISAK DINESEN: Sorrow-Acre

Quotes

Long out of print, this landmark volume—and the sweeping essay at the front—may change how you think about fiction. (It may also change how you think about your own life.) This is a book to return to, and to keep.
— Stephen Burt

It has been clear for some time that Randall Jarrell is one of the most gifted poets and critics of his generation. — The New York Times Book Review

Randall Jarrell was such a gifted reader of poetry that it’s easy to overlook how keenly he read and discussed prose. The introduction to this wide—ranging collection is alone worth the price of admission: a brilliant, characteristically light—stepping little journey into the heart of the narrative impulse. This is as fine an entry into the art of the short story as any I know.
— Brad Leithauser

[Jarrell was] perhaps the most fearsome (and admired) American critic of the twentieth century.
The Atlantic Monthly

My favorite short—story anthology is Randall Jarrell’s, with a brilliant essay as a preface.
— Michael Dirda, The Washignton Post