Metaphysical Tales (Associated Writers Program: No. 3)

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The twelve tales in this collection won the 1981 Associated Writing Programs prize for fiction. All of the stories except one were previously published in distinguished journals such as the Paris Review, Sewanee Review, Georgia Review and Iowa Review. The collection established the author early in his career as a fabulist and mythmaker. The extensive Foreword by Joyce Carol Oates traces the author's literary lineage and comments in detail on several of the stories. Of special note is the first story in the collection, "The Poets," which has been anthologized in The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Fiction, 1988 and in Revelation and Other Fiction from the Sewanee Review: a Centennial Anthology, 1993.

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This remarkable collection introduces a writer of extraordinary skill and vision. In prose pieces that range from the wildly surreal to the almost credible, Eugene K. Garber invents dream landscapes that meld disconcertingly with our own and populates them with people--lovers, scholars, mystics, obsessed storytellers, "interlopers" of one kind or another--whose voices fairly quiver with the difficult audacity of their music. They sense themselves doomed--or are they redeemed?--by the ineluctable mythologizing instincts of their souls.

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