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Constance Fenimore Woolson : collected stories

Author: Constance Fenimore Woolson; Anne Boyd Rioux
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : The Library of America, [2020] ©2020
Series: Library of America, 327.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A landmark of literary recovery: the first major edition of an overlooked genius who in her lifetime was considered 19th-century America's greatest woman writer. In the eyes of her contemporaries, Constance Fenimore Woolson (1840-1894) ranked with George Eliot as one of the two greatest women writers of the English language. She wrote fiction of remarkable intellectual power that outsold those of her male  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Short stories
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Woolson, Constance Fenimore, 1840-1894.
Collected stories.
New York, N.Y. : The Library of America, [2020]
(OCoLC)1140202755
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Constance Fenimore Woolson; Anne Boyd Rioux
ISBN: 9781598536508 1598536508
OCLC Number: 1129712203
Notes: "This volume contains twenty-three stories by Constance Fenimore Woolson selected from the two short story collections published in the author's lifetime ... her two posthumously published collections ... and her uncollected stories."
Description: 724 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: From Castle Nowhere: Lake-Country sketches: Peter the parson ; Jeannette ; Solomon ; Wilhelmina ; St. Clair Flats ; The Lady of Little Fishing --
From Rodman the keeper: southern sketches: Rodman the keeper ; Sister St. Luke ; Miss Elisabetha ; Old Gardiston ; The south devil ; In the cotton country ; Felipa ; King David --
From The front yard and other Italian stories: The front yard ; A pink villa ; The street of the Hyacinth --
From Dorothy and other Italian stories: Dorothy ; A transplanted boy ; A Florentine experiment ; At the Château of Corinne --
Uncollected stories: Miss Grief ; In Sloane Street --
Chronology.
Series Title: Library of America, 327.
Other Titles: Castle Nowhere: lake-country sketches.
Rodman the keeper: southern sketches.
The front yard and other Italian stories.
Dorothy, and other Italian stories.
Short stories.
Constance Fenimore Woolson
Woolson collected stories
Constance Fenimore Woolson collected stories
Responsibility: [Constance Fenimore Woolson] ; Anne Boyd Rioux, editor.

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"A landmark of literary recovery: the first major edition of an overlooked genius who in her lifetime was considered 19th-century America's greatest woman writer. In the eyes of her contemporaries, Constance Fenimore Woolson (1840-1894) ranked with George Eliot as one of the two greatest women writers of the English language. She wrote fiction of remarkable intellectual power that outsold those of her male contemporaries Henry James and William Dean Howells. James enshrined memories of his long, complicated friendship with Woolson in The Beast in the Jungle and The Wings of the Dove, and more recently Colm Tobin treated the relationship in his novel The Master. But Woolson's close association with James, and her likely suicide in Venice, have tended to overshadow her own literary accomplishments, pigeonholing her as a martyr to the male literary establishment. This volume, the most comprehensive gathering of Woolson's stories to date, represents the culmination of decades of recovery work done by scholars, and puts the focus back on the work, where it belongs. Set variously in the Great Lakes region, the post-Civil War South, and Europe, Woolson's short stories often concern outsiders of one kind or another-prophets and misfits living in remote landscapes, uneducated coal miners, impoverished spinsters, neglected nuns, a haunted caretaker of the dead, destitute southerners, and female artists driven to extreme behavior as they seek the admiration or approval of established (male) critics or writers. Woolson's minute realism captures both the social texture of her time and the inner emotional lives of these overlooked and marginalized characters. Most of all her writings startle us with their simmering intensity, their sensual descriptions of the environment, and refusal to smooth out the ambiguities and tensions that inevitably result from human efforts to communicate and connect. Her fiction is deeply human, resonating with a power across the centuries that makes them remarkably modern for today's readers."--

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