Selected Stories from the Southern Review, 1965-1985

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Lewis P. Simpson (1916--2005) was Boyd Professor Emeritus of English at Louisiana State University and editor emeritus of the Southern Review. He is the author of many books, among them The Brazen Face of History: Studies in the Literary Consciousness of America; The Possibilities of Order: Cleanth Brooks and His Work; and The Man of Letters in New England and the South: Essays on the History of the Literary Vocation in America.

Donald E. Stanford is Alumni Professor Emeritus of English at Louisiana State University and editor emeritus of the Southern Review. His books include Revolution and Convention in Modern Poetry; In the Classic Mode: The Achievement of Robert Bridges; The Selected Letters of Robert Bridges; The Poems of Edward Taylor; and The Selected Poems of John Masefield.

James Olney is Henry V. Voorhies Professor Emeritus of English and French and Italian at Louisiana State University and coeditor emeritus of the Southern Review. Among his books are Metaphors of Self: The Meaning of Autobiography and Tell Me Africa: An Approach to African Literature. He currently lives in Irvine, CA.

Jo Gulledge was formerly assistant editor of the Southern Review.

From Publishers Weekly:

There are several outstanding stories among the 25 in this hefty collection. "Detente," a penetrating political tale by Joyce Carol Oates, explores with feeling and delicate irony the meeting of intellectuals at an East-West cultural conference. When Antonia becomes suddenly involved with Soviet writer Vasily, language resonates as both a symbolic force and impediment, full of social and sexual implications. Politics also informs Mary Lavin's "The Face of Hate," set in Belfast. An aging white workingman revisits Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia, in Nadine Gordimer's "Abroad"; Gordimer masterfully handles Manie Swemmer's hardbitten racial attitudes, while maintaining a measure of dignity, even pity for him. Pat Carr's exquisite "Party" affords a brief, pointed childhood glimpse into adult vulnerability. Two fine dramas of family life are Richard Perry's "Blues for My Father, My Mother, and Me," about a sophisticated black man galvanized into confronting his parents, and Anne Tyler's "The Artificial Family," which deals with a shaky second marriage. Reynolds Price's "Truth and Lies" captures the stylized, incantatory speech rhythms of a betrayed woman. Many of the remaining entries, however, are genteel, old-fashioned stories, personal reminiscences and musings, dinosaurs of the genre without much bite.
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