Alternating a tale of the past that has become a part of Key West legend with a contemporary story that reflects the pulse of life there today, Hersey weaves in these stories a brilliant human tapestry of the place that means a great deal to him. From the author of A Bell For Adano and Hiroshima comes this final collections of stories.
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John Hersey was born in Tientsin, China, in 1914 and lived there until 1925, when his family returned to the United States. He studied at Yale and Cambridge, served for a time as Sinclair Lewis’s secretary, and then worked several years as a journalist. Beginning in 1947, he devoted his time mainly to writing fiction. He won the Pulitzer Prize, taught for two decades at Yale, and was president of the Authors League of America and chancellor of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. John Hersey died in 1993.From Publishers Weekly:
This posthumous collection of stories, set in a place Hersey loved, may be the last work we shall see from this greatly gifted writer. It is a curious collection, blending fully realized fictional stories with real-life happenings in the Key's long history that are little more than anecdotes, richly embellished by the author. These are mildly enjoyable but quite forgettable. By far the most substantial story, "Get Up, Sweet Slug-a-bed" (the quotation is from Thomas Herrick), is a startling departure for Hersey, being about an aging and once rather ruthless gay professor dying of AIDS, and the bickering over his care and with his awful family. It is full of tender observation, often funny, and ultimately poignant--and nothing else in the collection is on the same level. A much more conventional story (and a more predictable one from the author), "Piped Over the Side," is about a naval officer's ambivalent feelings toward his retirement ceremony. "The Two Lives of Consuela Castanon" is a wry tale about a deliciously fat young woman and a lover who, unhappily for her, likes her just the way she is. "Fantasy Fest" has a woman anxiously seeking her natural son, adopted as a baby, in the whirl of a Halloween parade. Everything here is smooth and professional, if occasionally rather trite ("Page Two" and "A Game of Anagrams"). Only the AIDS story shows Hersey really moving on into new and tougher-minded terrain.
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Book Description Knopf, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0679429921
Book Description Random House, Inc., New York, NY, U.S.A., 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. From John Hersey, whose literary legacy includes such classsics as the Pulitzer Prize-winning A BELL FOR ADANO, the groundbreaking HIROSHIMA, THE WALL, THE CALL and, more recenttly, BLUES AND ANTONIETTA, this is a final collection of stories, all of which are set in Key West, a place that Hersey knew intimately. His landscape is peopled with artists and rakish professors, sailors and swindlers, anglers and other fanatical sportsmen, swamp rats and drifters, foolish girls and presidents. With a mastery honed over a lifetime, John Hersey plays with the ironies of fate in these witty and poignant tales. New, unread copy in fine, mylar-protected dust jacket. L63. Bookseller Inventory # 3580
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