Collected Stories - by Shirley Hazzard

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Dimensions (Overall): 9.1 Inches (H) x 6.1 Inches (W) x 1.4 Inches (D)
Weight: 1.3 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 368
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Short Stories (single author)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Format: Hardcover
Author: Shirley Hazzard
Language: English
Street Date: November 3, 2020
TCIN: 79663038
UPC: 9780374126483
Item Number (DPCI): 247-40-5569
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported


About the Book

"The collected short fiction of the master prose stylist Shirley Hazzard"--

Book Synopsis

Collected Stories includes both volumes of the National Book Award-winning author Shirley Hazzard's short-story collections--Cliffs of Fall and People in Glass Houses--alongside uncollected works and two previously unpublished stories

Shirley Hazzard's Collected Stories is a work of staggering breadth and accomplishment. Taken together, these twenty-eight short stories are masterworks in telescoping focus, ranging from quotidian struggles between beauty and pragmatism to satirical send-ups of international bureaucracy, from the Italian countryside to suburban Connecticut. Hazzard's heroes are high-minded romantics who attempt to fit their feelings into the twentieth-century world of office jobs and dreary marriages. After all, as she writes in The Picnic, It was tempting to confine oneself to what one could cope with. And one couldn't cope with love. And yet it is the comedy, the tragedy, and the splendor of love, the pursuit and the absence of it, that animates Hazzard's stories and provides the truth and beauty that her protagonists seek.

Hazzard once said, The idea that somebody has expressed something, in a supreme way, that it can be expressed; this is, I think, an enormous feature of literature. Her stories themselves are a supreme evocation of writing at its very best: probing, uncompromising, and deeply felt.

Review Quotes

Hazzard manages to convey that there's much more beyond the platitudes we tell ourselves, that human emotions -- love, pain, jealousy, grief -- are never as neat and manageable as we tell ourselves . . . Hazzard understood the human condition in all its contradiction, all its messiness, like few others. "Collected Stories" is certainly essential for admirers of the author, but it's also a wonderful read for anyone who loves fiction that delights and enlightens, challenges and rewards. --Michael Schaub, The Boston Globe

This new volume offers fans of Hazzard's much-loved, prize-winning novels, "The Transit of Venus" (1980) and "The Great Fire" (2003), a chance to look back at her development as a writer. And what an exquisitely polished writer she was, at once serious and bitingly funny, a master of both the plush, well-rounded sentence and the oblique takedown . . . To dismiss these revelatory, human stories as fusty relics would be merciless -- and unaccountable. --Heller McAlpin, The Los Angeles Times

Hazzard's stories are shrewd, formal and epigrammatic. One feels smarter and more pulled together after reading them . . . Hazzard's stories feel timeless because she understands, as she writes in one of them: 'We are human beings, not rational ones.'" --Dwight Garner, The New York Times Book Review

In Collected Stories, we see Hazzard practicing the floor routines of her later novels, sticking all the landings if not always having yet worked out the full choreography. The erudite similes and lethally precise adjectives are there, as are the astute observations about domestic phenomena. . . The intellectual thrill of her work arises from her ability to describe the small, constituent particles of emotional matter we typically consider irreducible. --Alice Gregory, The New Yorker

To read the rigorous formalism of Shirley Hazzard . . . is to discover the apostate's pleasure upon returning to the faith. Her works--whole, cruelly exacting, consoling in their grace and precision if not their ultimate outcomes--are monuments to fiction's disappearing pieties . . . She is the master of the offhand, psychologically acute detail that reveals a character's diminished circumstances, be they moral, sexual, or material. --Dustin Illingworth, The Nation

This definitive collection of Hazzard's short stories is a welcome reminder of her remarkable talent . . . Hazzard's stories . . . built her early reputation. This impressive collection confirms their enduring stature. --Dinah Birch, The Times Literary Supplement

Hazzard, who died in 2016, is best known as the author of two magnificent, intricate novels, The Transit of Venus (1980) and The Great Fire (2003). The stories collected here offer a perfect introduction to her astringent sensibility . . . Sharply intelligent, nuanced, precise, and subtly hilarious." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

About the Author

Shirley Hazzard (1931-2016) is the author of several works of nonfiction, including Greene on Capri, a memoir of Graham Greene, and of fiction, including The Evening of the Holiday, The Bay of Noon, The Transit of Venus, and The Great Fire, winner of the National Book Award. She lived in New York City and Capri.

Brigitta Olubas is a professor of English at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Her recent books are We Need Silence to Find Out What We Think: Selected Essays by Shirley Hazzard and, with Elizabeth McMahon, Elizabeth Harrower: Critical Essays.

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