All the Days and Nights

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Vintage Books, 2012 - Short stories - 432 pages
13 Reviews
In settings that range from small town Illinois to the Upper East Side of Manhattan, these stories are distinguished by Maxwell's inimitable wisdom and kindness, his sense of the small details that make up a life, the nuances of joy and sadness that change its direction. Whether describing the reunion of two brothers who will never agree, the furniture of the apartment that becomes everything to a childless couple, the search for the perfect French meal or the life of a ne'er-do-well uncle, Maxwell's stories capture responses that are recognisable in us all.

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Review: All the Days and Nights: The Collected Stories

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Strong collection overall, though sometimes unfocused, which is inevitable with an omnibus like this. I was pleasantly surprised by the 21 "improvisations" at the end, which read almost like allegorical fairy tales, all of them delightful. Read full review

Review: All the Days and Nights: The Collected Stories

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A perfect collection of short stories from a master. Not a single story lacks the depth and scope and emotional intelligence of Maxwell's art. My all time favorites, "The Front and Back parts of the ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

William Maxwell was born in Illinois in 1908. He was the author of a distinguished body of work: six novels, three short story collections, an autobiographical memoir and a collection of literary essays and reviews. A New Yorker editor for forty years, he helped to shape the prose and careers of John Updike, John Cheever, John O'Hara and Eudora Welty. So Long, See You Tomorrow won the American Book Award, and he received the PEN/Malamud Award. He died in New York in 2000.

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