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Various antidotes : stories

Author: Joanna Scott
Publisher: New York : H. Holt, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Before she turned thirty, Joanna Scott published three wholly original and provocative novels that offered discerning readers sure proof of the arrival of a major new voice in American fiction. Her most recent work, Arrogance, which employed the short life of expressionist painter Egon Schiele as the inspiration for an exploration of art, genius, madness, and society in fin de siecle Vienna, was a finalist for the
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joanna Scott
ISBN: 0805026479 9780805026474
OCLC Number: 27684609
Description: 240 p. ; 20 cm.
Contents: Concerning mold upon the skin, etc. --
Bees bees bees --
Nowhere --
The marvelous sauce --
Chloroform jags --
Dorothea Dix: Samaritan --
X number of possibilities --
Convicta et combusta --
You must relax! --A borderline case --
Tumbling.
Responsibility: Joanna Scott.

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Before she turned thirty, Joanna Scott published three wholly original and provocative novels that offered discerning readers sure proof of the arrival of a major new voice in American fiction. Her most recent work, Arrogance, which employed the short life of expressionist painter Egon Schiele as the inspiration for an exploration of art, genius, madness, and society in fin de siecle Vienna, was a finalist for the 1991 PEN/Faulkner Award and won the Richard and Hinda.

Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Now, in her first collection of short stories, Various Antidotes, Scott culls from the annals of science and medicine real and imaginary figures whose peculiar obsessions she transmutes with effortless alchemy into the stuff of art. In one story she writes of van Leeuwenhoek, the mad lens-grinder of Delft, whose early microscope designs allowed him to see life in a drop of water and for whom "there.

was hardly a difference between discovering life and creating it." In another she offers an account of the origin of the verb burke, after William Burke, who was hanged in Edinburgh in 1829 for murdering victims by suffocation and selling them as cadavers to a professor of anatomy. She reacquaints us with Dorothea Dix, samaritan of the criminally insane, and introduces us to, among others, Charlotte Corday, who mortally stabbed French physician and revolutionary.

Jean-Paul Marat while he was taking his bath. Each story is a perfectly wrought gem, and each offers ample evidence that Scott, like Hawthorne's Owen Warland, is truly an "artist of the beautiful."

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