October 26, 2010
October 26, 2010
The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis is an event in American letters.
One of the most innovative short story writers of the last fifty years (in addition to being an acclaimed translator), Lydia Davis has potentially done more to expand the possibilities of the genre than any other living writer. Each of her stories is formally inventive and stylistically iconoclastic. "A Letter to a Funeral Parlor" consists of a letter whose writer finds offense at the insensitive use of the word "cremains" to describe her deceased father. Many of her stories are absurdly short such as "Collaboration with Fly" which reads in its entirety: "I put that word on the page, but he added the apostrophe." Some of her stories veer so far from the conventions of prose fiction that they have been included in THE BEST AMERICAN POETRY anthology. Yet despite Davis's seemingly cold and cerebral attention to form and concept, her fiction manages to evoke feeling of great pathos as she explores unexpected and unexamined aspects of human life. Though they may be an acquired taste, Davis's fans know that her stories are full of wry humor. For the first time, all of Lydia Davis's short stories from her first seven story collections have been gathered in a single volume. THE COLLECTED STORIES OF LYDIA DAVIS contains oddities, curiosities, and treasures.
Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes
Sub-Genre: Literary Genres + Types of Novels
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: Literary Genres + Types of Novels
- Language: English
- Author: Lydia Davis
- Online Item #: 12803035
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-50-7053
- ISBN: 9780312655396
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported