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The Collected Stories Of Hortense Calisher

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Paperback, 502 pages
Published 1975 by Arbor House Pub. Co
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I received an advanced electronic reading copy of this from the publisher via Net Galley.

This was an introduction to Calisher's writings for me, and while I appreciated her skills, I didn't particularly enjoy reading most of these stories, particularly not in one continuous span, making it somewhat difficult to review. I could envision this being a book I'd like having a copy on hand to read from in small doses, or when wanting to study some masterful (albeit convoluted) portrayal of character.

1) In Greenwich There Are Many Gravelled Walks
2) Heartburn
3) The Night Club in the Woods
4) Two Colonials
5) The Hollow Boy
6) The Rehabilitation of Ginevra Leake
7) The Woman Who Was Everybody
8) A Christmas Carillon
9) Il Plae:r De Mo Koe:r
10) If You Don't Want to Live I Can't Help You
11) A Wreath for Miss Totten
12) Time, Gentlemen!
13) May-ry
14) The Coreopsis Kid
15) A Box of Ginger
16) The Pool of Narcissus
17) The Watchers
18) The Gulf Between
19) The Sound of Waiting
20) Old Stock
21) The Rabbi's Daught
Tad Richards
Sometimes you can get a lot from going under the radar of the major writers...I think it depends to some extent on the era. George Washington Cable is no Mark Twain or Bret Harte, but as a 19th Century regionalist he yields insights and delights all his own, even if some of it is tough going.

The 50s and 60s were such a golden age for the short story -- Cheever, Malamud, Updike, Salinger, Roth -- and reading Calisher, I'm just too much aware that she doesn't stack up. She's not filling in a niche
The first story in the collection - In Greenwich there are many gravelled walks - is amazing. there are other good stories in the collection as well, but that one stands head and shoulders above the rest.
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Hortense Calisher was an American writer of fiction.

Calisher involved her closely investigated, penetrating characters in complicated plotlines that unfold with shocks and surprises in allusive, nuanced language with a distinctively elegiac voice, sometimes compared with Eudora Welty, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and Henry James. Critics generally considered Calisher a type of neo-realist and oft
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