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All the Days and Nights The Collected Stories (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0679761020
ISBN-13: 9780679761020
Sku: 30118956
Publish Date: 11/1/1995
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.25L x 1T
Pages:  434
 
From the American Book Award-winning author of Ancestors and Time Will Darken comes a masterful collection of stories, spanning more than 50 years--a tour of a world that engages readers entirely, and whose characters command the deepest loyalty and tenderness.
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From the American Book Award-winning author of Ancestors and Time Will Darken comes a masterful collection of stories, spanning more than 50 years--a tour of a world that engages readers entirely, and whose characters command the deepest loyalty and tenderness.
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Encompassing many themes evoking many emotions, William Maxwell's stories are told simply and directly. These stories were written over a span of 53 years. Many are autobiographical and set in early 20th-century Illinois; others take place in New York or Europe.Encompassing many themes evoking many emotions, William Maxwell's stories are told simply and directly. These 23 stories (plus a set of 21 "improvisations") were written over a span of 53 years. Many are autobiographical and set in early 20th-century Illinois; others take place in New York or Europe. Titles include "A Game of Chess" (1965), "Over by the River" (1974), "The Thistles in Sweden" (1976), "My Father's Friends" (1984), and "What He Was Like" (1992).
Author Bio
William Maxwell
Maxwell was a solitary child, and very close to his mother; she died in the 1918 influenza epidemic when he was 10 years old, an event that has colored much of his fiction. His young life was further disrupted when the family moved from the small town of Lincoln, Illinois, to Chicago when he was 14. These early years, he once said, provided "three-quarters of the material I would need for the rest of my writing life." He graduated from the University of Illinois and did a year of graduate work at Harvard, then went to work for The New Yorker, beginning at $35 a week in the art department but eventually becoming fiction editor, a post he kept for 40 years. In 1945, he married Emily Noyes, a schoolteacher, and the couple had two daughters. From 1967 to 1972 Maxwell was president of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. His short novel SO LONG, SEE YOU TOMORROW--probably his best book--won the National Book Award in 1980. Like nearly all his fiction, particularly his 1937 novel THEY CAME LIKE SWALLOWS, it is about the essential sadness of family life and the poignancy of loss. Maxwell spent much of his adult life living on New York City's Upper East Side, near the river. His wife died in July, 2000, and Maxwell followed her a week later. He was nearly 92 years old when he died, and had a productive writing life right to the end. In a 1997 article about old age and death, he wrote: "I tell myself that lying down to an afternoon nap that goes on and on through eternity is not something to be concerned about. What spoils this pleasant fancy is the recollection that when people are dead, they don't read books. This I find unbearable."

Praise

New York Times
"Beautifully wrought...a radiant collection...Maxwell writes with such clear-eyed sympathy for his characters, such consummate knowledge of their place in a matrix of family and friends." - Michiko Kakutani

Washington Post
"The stories that make up the body of this book serve to remind us just how fine a writer Maxwell is." - Jonathan Yardley

New York Times Book Review
"...Balanced, gentle and humane, concerned above all with reconciliation...." 02/95/1995

Times Literary Supplement
"[H]is own writing and characters have strained backwards, towards what came before--as if the remedy for the emptiness of adulthood and modern life were back there somewhere, only just out of reach. Only just, but always and crucially: more than memory, in fact, it is distance, or alientation, from our pasts and from the people around us, that is Maxwell's keynote and signature theme." - Tom De Kay 06/18/1995

Book Jacket
"Like their peers in the work of Tolstoy, Chekhov, Porter and Welty, [William Maxwell's stories] slowly lure the reader into ironclad but transparent rooms....He wills us only an elegant pleasure, a deepened vision of our lost past, and a comprehending mercy now, in the smaller world of our diminished present." - Reynolds Price

San Francisco Chronicle
"Written with exquisite restraint, the work illustrates the rare sensitivity, telling detail and bare, graceful prose that have become Maxwell's hallmarks. Authentic and spare, the stories balance the tension between life's exhilaration and haunting sadness....[Maxwell's stories] reveal the depth of his insights, the wisdom of his gentle yet certain artistic command."

Spectator
"...All are written in a prose that has the elegiac clarity of fairy tale....All of them...share the effect of a brilliant view--as though a window were opened onto a contained and vivid scene....There is a rare clarity and economy here--along with that wise and measured humanity which is the keynote of the American liberal voice." - Penelope Lively 01/25/1997

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