Almonds to Zhoof: Collected Stories

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Northwestern University Press, Jun 10, 2005 - Fiction - 610 pages
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For decades, Richard Stern has been acclaimed as one of the American masters of the short story. Almonds to Zhoof: Collected Stories brings together for the first time forty-nine of Stern's best short works and novellas-from "Dr. Cahn's Visit," which The New Republic praised as "the very best very short story in the English language," to classics like "Teeth" and "Wanderers."

Stern's stories-witty, moving, always full of energy-never sacrifice storytelling to mere elegance or wandering wisdom. This collection demonstrates Stern's astonishing ability to portray people from all walks of life, their flawed relationships to ideas, their sometimes bizarre relationships with lovers and friends, their often brilliant, if skewed, appraisals of themselves. The stories always reflect an abiding compassion for his characters whoever they are and whatever their origins. All exist within the politics and workplaces and bedrooms of the real world. All are incorrigibly human.
  

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Contents

The Illegibility of This World
3
Good Morrow Swing
23
Mail
26
Teeth
37
The Anaximander Fragment
52
Wanderers
63
Dr Cahns Visit
74
Troubles
79
Wissler Remembers
318
La Pourriture Noble
328
Riordans Fiftieth
348
Zhoof
357
Milius and Melanie
370
Arrangements at the Gulf
389
Gardiners Legacy
396
A Recital for the Pope
401

Lesson for the Day
92
The Girl Who Loves Schubert
101
A Short History of Love
111
Orvieto Dominos Bolsena Eels
114
VeniVidi Wendt
127
Story Making
192
My Ex the Moral Philosopher
199
The Ideal Address
209
A Counterfactual Proposition
217
Ins and Outs
225
Nine Letters Twenty Days
237
In a Word Trowbridge
250
Cooleys Version
257
Assessment of an Amateur
267
Dying
276
Losing Color
287
Gaps
289
The Degradation of Tenderness
300
Idylls of Dugan and Strunk
412
Double Charley
448
In the Dock
457
Sylvan and Agnes
471
Wool
481
Oscar and Hypatia
493
Almonds
506
The Sorrows of Captain Schreiber
530
East WestMidwest
545
The Good European
559
Chicago in the Depths of Feeling
571
Gifts
578
Introductory
585
In Return
588
Packages
600
Acknowledgments
609
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About the author (2005)

Richard Stern is the Helen A. Regenstein Professor Emeritus in the Department of English at the University of Chicago. In 1985 he won the Award of Merit for the Novel awarded every six years by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. His recent works include Pacific Tremors, published by TriQuarterly Books in 2001, and What Is What Was (Chicago, 2001). New editions of three of his major novels--Natural Shocks, Other Men's Daughters, and Stitch-are also forthcoming from TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern in 2004.

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