Night Soul and Other Stories

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Dalkey Archive Press, Jan 11, 2011 - Fiction - 293 pages
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New stories from a master of American fiction.

Best known for his complex and beautiful novels—regularly compared to those of Thomas Pynchon, William Gaddis, and Don DeLillo—Joseph McElroy is equally at home in the short story, having written numerous pieces over the course of his career that now, collected at last, serve as an ideal introduction to one of the most important contemporary American authors. Combining elements of classic McElroy with tantalizing stories pointing the way ahead (the spare and dangerous “No Man’s Land,” the lush and mischievous “The Campaign Trail”), Night Soul and Other Stories presents a wide range of work from a monumental artist.
 

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My first McElroy. I'd rather dip my toe with the short stories rather than drown in Women and Men. The thing that most struck me about these stories was their ephemeral, dream-like quality, a constant ... Read full review

Contents

no mans land
3
the man with the bagful
35
mister x
43
character
111
canoe repair
135
annals of plagiary
173
the campaign trail
181
the last disarmament but
197
silk or the woman with the bike
218
the unknown
237
particle of difference
256
night soul
281
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Joseph McElroy was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1930. He is the author of nine novels and has written dozens of stories, essays, and reviews. He has received the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and Ingram Merrill Foundations, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.

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