The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis

Book - 2009 | 1st ed.
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Lydia Davis is one of our most original and influential writers, a storyteller celebrated for her emotional acuity, her formal inventiveness, and her ability to capture the mind in overdrive. She has been called "an American virtuoso of the short story form" (Salon.com) and "one of the quiet giants ... of American fiction" (Los Angeles Times Book Review). This volume contains all her stories to date, from the acclaimed Break it Down (1986) to the 2007 National Book Award finalist Varieties of Disturbance. - Cover flap.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780374270605
9780312655396
Characteristics: xi, 733 p. ; 20 cm.
Contents: Break it down (1986). Story
The fears of Mrs. Orlando
Liminal: the little man
Break it down
Mr. Burdoff's visit to Germany
What she knew
The fish
Mildred and the oboe
The mouse
The letter
Extracts from a life
The house plans
The brother-in-law
How W.H. Auden spends the night in a friend's house
Mothers
In a house besieged
Visit to her husband
Cockroaches in Autumn
The bone
A few things wrong with me
Sketches for a life of Wassilly
City employment
Two sisters
The mother
Therapy
French lesson I: Le meurtre
Once a very stupid man
The housemaid
The cottages
Safe love
Problem
What an old woman will wear
The sock
Five signs of distrubance
Almost no memory (1997). Meat, my husband
Jack in the country
Foucault and pencil
The mice
The thirteenth woman
The professor
The cedar trees
The cats in the prison recreation hall
Wife One in country
The fish tank
The center of the story
Love
Our kindness
A natural disaster
Odd behavior
St. Martin
Agreement
In the Garment District
Disagreement
The actors
What was interesting
In the Everglades
The family
Trying to learn
To reiterate
Lord Royston's tour
The other
A friend of mine
This condition
Go away
Pastor Elaine's newsletter
A man in our town
A second chance
Fear
Almost no memory
Mr. Knockly
How he is often right
The rape of the Tanuk women
What I feel
Lost things
Glen Gould
Smoke
From below, as a neighbor
The great-grandmothers
Ethics
The house behind
The outing
A position at the university
Examples of confusion
The race of the patient motorcyclists
Affinity
Samuel Johnson is indignant (2001). Boring friends
A mown lawn
City people
Betrayal
The white tribe
Our trip
Special chair
Certain knowledge from Herodotus
Priority
The meeting
Companion
Blind date
Examples of Remember
Old Mother and the grouch
Samuel Johnson is indignant:
New Year's resolution
First grade: handwriting practice
Interesting
Happiest moment
Jury duty
A double negative
The old dictionary
Honoring the subjunctive
How difficult
Losing memory
Letter to a funeral parlor
Thyroid diary
Information from the North concerning the ice:
Murder in Bohemia
Happy memories
They take turns using a word they like
Marie Curie, so honorable woman
Mir the Hessian
My neighbors in a foreign place
Oral history (with hiccups)
The patient
Right and wrong
Alvin the Typesetter
Special
Selfish
My husband and I
Spring spleen
Her damage
Workingmen
In a northern country
Away from home
Company
Finances
The transformation
Two sisters (II)
The furnace
Young and poor
The silence of Mrs. Iln
Almost over: separate bedrooms
Money
Varieties of disturbance (2007). A man from her past
Dog and me
Enlightened
The good taste contest
Collaboration with fly
Kafka cooks dinner
Tropical storm
Good Times
Idea for a short documentary film
Forbidden subjects
Two types
The senses
Grammar questions
Hand
The caterpillar
Child care
We miss you: a study of get-well letters from a class of fourth-graders
Passing wind
Television
Jane and the cane
Getting to know your body
Absentminded
Southward bound, reads Worstward Ho
The walk
Varieties of disturbance
Lonely
Mrs. D and her maids
20 sculptures in one hour
Nietszche
What you learn about the baby
Her mother's mother
How it is done
Insomnia
Burning family members
The way to perfection
The fellowship
Helen and Vi: a study in health and vitality
Reducing expenses
Mother's reaction to my travel plans
For sixty cents
How shall I mourn them?
A strange impulse
How she could not drive
Suddenly afraid
Getting better
Head, heart
The strangers
The busy road
Order
The fly
Traveling with mother
Index entry
My son
Example of the continuing past tense in a hotel room
Cape Cod diary
Almost over: what's the word?
A different man.
Summary: Lydia Davis is one of our most original and influential writers, a storyteller celebrated for her emotional acuity, her formal inventiveness, and her ability to capture the mind in overdrive. She has been called "an American virtuoso of the short story form" (Salon.com) and "one of the quiet giants ... of American fiction" (Los Angeles Times Book Review). This volume contains all her stories to date, from the acclaimed Break it Down (1986) to the 2007 National Book Award finalist Varieties of Disturbance. - Cover flap.

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ser_library Jun 28, 2013

a book to dip into rather than read straight through as the style repeats in many stories

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