FULL MEASURE: Leaving the Yellow House; The Dust of Yuri Serafimovich; Gunnar's Sword; A Theory of Knowledge; Dreamers in a Dead Language; The World of Apples; In Retirement; The Angel of Mercy; The Three-mile Hill Is Five Miles Long; Old-Age Pensioners

Sennett, Dorothy (editor) (Saul Bellow; James Fetler; Carol Bly; Joyce Carol Oates; Grace Paley; John Cheever; Bernard Malamud; Warren Adler; Daniel Menaker; Frank O'Connor; Stanley Ellin; John Sayles; V. S. Pritchett; Arturo Vivante; Arthenia J. Bates)

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(xxiii) 399 pp. Trade paperback format. Light edge and corner wear with faint creasing on the spine; no interior markings. Cover art by Helen Byers. This anthology contains: Leaving the Yellow House by Saul Bellow; The Dust of Yuri Serafimovich by James Fetler; Gunnar's Sword by Carol Bly; A Theory of Knowledge by Joyce Carol Oates; Dreamers in a Dead Language by Grace Paley; The World of Apples by John Cheever; In Retirement by Bernard Malamud; The Angel of Mercy by Warren Adler; The Three-mile Hill Is Five Miles Long by Daniel Menaker; Old-Age Pensioners by Frank O'Connor; The Blessington Method by Stanley Ellin; At the Anarchists' Convention by John Sayles; Tea with Mrs Bittell by V. S. Pritchett; The Soft Core by Arturo Vivante; A Ceremony of Innocence by Arthenia J. Bates; After the Denim by Raymond Carver; The Middle Drawer by Hortense Calisher; Enemies by Nadine Gordimer; Suttee by Louis Auchincloss; Dr Cahn's Visit by Richard Stern; Sleep It Off Lady by Jean Rhys; The Resurrection Man by Wallace E. Knight; and Mr Arcularis by Conrad Aiken. Size: 8vo. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Gathers stories by Bellow, Oates, Cheever, Paley, Malamud, Ellin, Pritchett, Carver, Calisher, Gordimer, Rhys, Aiken, and Sayles

From Publishers Weekly: This stellar omnibus features a cast of seasoned characters, rich in experience if not always in virtue, who struggle to retain their humanity in the face of the physical and mental deterioration that is the universal fear of the aging. In Carol Bly's "Gunnar's Sword," the indomitable Harriet White refuses an offer to live with her son because "he was not giving her the profoundly felt invitationwhich would be an invitation to live with him and Evelyn when she might be incontinent, irritable, afraid, or even demented." Full Measure also tackles sex and desire. Asa Bascomb, the late John Cheever's expatriate, much-honored laureate in "The World of Apples," is confounded by an incomprehensible wave of erotic feeling that compels him to spend his days writing pornography and feeding the obscene pages into the fire. The overwhelming attachment that the elderly feel for their homes finds expression in Saul Bellow's "Leaving the Yellow House." And Stanley Ellin's "The Blessington Method" is a farcical but disquieting vision of euthanasia turned murder as a shadowy, powerful organization provides a service for young people by killing the elderly in their charge.
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Title: FULL MEASURE: Leaving the Yellow House; The ...
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication Date: 1988
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