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The Collected Stories of Caroline Gordon

The Collected Stories of Caroline Gordon

FSG Classics

Caroline Gordon

Farrar, Straus and Giroux


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The complete collection of short fiction from a literary stylist who captured the nuances of life in the American South of the early twentieth century, The Collected Stories of Caroline Gordon is firmly rooted in the traditions, the social habits, and the land itself. As Robert Penn Warren writes in his introduction, "Caroline Gordon's world lies in southeast Kentucky . . . [She displays] a disciplined style as unpretentious and clear as running water, but shot through with glints of wit, humor, pity, and poetry. [She had] the rare gift of the teller of the tale."

Praise for The Collected Stories of Caroline Gordon

“[Caroline Gordon] is great on getting things there so concretely that they can't possibly escape . . . That is real masterly doing, and nobody does it any better than Caroline. You walk through her stories like you are walking in a complete real world. And watch how the meaning comes from the things themselves and not from her imposing anything.” —Flannery O'Connor, The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor

“The lessons of Henry James and [Ford Madox] Ford are applied to Southerners of all classes in stories shot through with a brilliant ‘solidity of specification.' A wonderful book.” —The Washington Post Book World

“In this collection one can see how a story speaks for its creator's sense of literary timelessness . . . [These stories] are records of the struggles of the human spirit to survive.” —The Christian Science Monitor

“Extraordinary vigor . . . Caroline Gordon writes with uncommon probity and assurance.” —Anne Tyler, The New York Times Book Review

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Caroline Gordon

Caroline Gordon (1895–1981) was the author of nine novels, two short story collections, and two works of criticism. She was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a winner of the O. Henry Award. Her Collected Stories was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

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