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scriptorsenex

I think the cover alone would make me want to read it.
Wordsworth??? I'll be fascinated to know where he got a Wordsworth short story. Perhaps Jarrell turned one of the poems into one. Some, like The Prelude, are in effect short stories in poetry format.

catharina

Interesting! After a brief period of reading short stories a few years back (Katherine Mansfield) I sort of forgot about them again, although I do remember liking those very much.

Jeane

At first glance I would have thought it was a collection of Jarrell's own stories, too. Most of the authors in that list I recognize and am fond of; the others I'm sure are just as good!

Carl V.

This one sounds very interesting. I too am a big fan of short stories. Off to see if the library has a copy.

Danielle

Scriptorsenex--Isn't that a great cover? I meant to mention it as well! I think I might buy this one as it is worth owning. As for the Wordsworth--I looked and yes, you're right! It is a very long poem called The Ruined Cottage. There is also an excerpt from the Bible, so this is indeed an idiosyncratic collection! But I think I like it all the more for that fact.

Catharina--There was a time I would not have considered reading a short story. If I did it was more of an accident than anything else. I might pick up a book advertised as a novel, but was in reality a collection of interlinked stories. But then one year I read one a week and found that I really enjoyed the format. Now I love to read them when I can but admit I tend to pick up novels far more than short stories. I want to get back into the short story habit however.

Jeane--I was just randomly picking books from the shelves--It was the NYRB on the spine that caught my eye, but when I looked it over more closely and read the blurb I knew I wanted it for me! :)

Carl--I hope your library has it. I am looking forward to reading that intro and the stories, of course. I need to get back into the habit of reading at least one a week and maybe writing about it. Maybe that's what I'll do for the second half of the year.

Caroline

I have bought a lot of short story anthologies recently but I find I prefer either collections by one author only or a guiding theme. I have a few like this one by Jarrell but I just like it much better when they are either from the same country, period or genre or dedicated to something. WWII, love stories etc. But I would love to read his introduction.

Danielle

Caroline--I'm curious what he has to say in the introductory essay as well and hope to find time this afternoon to read it. I think I tend also to read collections by just one author or with a unifying theme, but I don't mind anthologies like this one--it makes it easy to just pick up on a whim and read and not feel bad about setting it down a few days in fear of losing the thread.

Stefanie

What a fun find! I can see why it had to go home with you. And an interesting list of authors he includes. Robert Frost wrote short stories? I only know him as a poet. Same with William Wordsworth. Who knew?

Danielle

Stefanie--I thought the addition of Frost on the list was interesting, but now I will have to look and see exactly what by Frost he selected. The Wordsworth is a long poem, so that may be the case for the Frost as well. The blurb did call this collection eclectic--I'm looking forward to it.

Amy Brandon

I knew once I got back to reading book blogs again, I'd start ordering more books. Congratulations. You've made me order this one ;)

Danielle

Amy--It is very dangerous making the blog rounds, isn't it?! I'm going to buy this one, too.

litlove

Oh I would love to read Randall Jarrell but he's hard to get hold of over here. I'd be very interested to know how you get on with the short stories!

Danielle

Litlove--He sits patiently for me on my nightstand. As usual I am reaching first for novels, even though I know I will enjoy the short stories. I will probably have to just buy the book at the rate I'm going.

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