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Title:
New and selected stories, 1959-1989
Author:
Eaton, Charles Edward, 1916-2006.
Uniform Title:
Short stories. Selections
Publication Information:
New York : Cornwall Books, [1989]

©1989
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780845348215
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Book

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Connoisseurs of the American short story, previously unacquainted with Eaton's work, may well wonder after reading the present collection how they could have missed him up to now. Published originally in the literary magazines, these short fictions are, on the one hand, highly mannered, quite intellectual, filled with literary allusions--and, on the other hand, not only absorbing for their plots, character development, and ornate literary style, but often howlingly funny. Grouped according to subject matter, the stories reflect the author's varied experience, particularly as an academic (who once studied with Robert Frost) but also as a diplomat who served for four years as a vice-consul in Rio de Janeiro. Far more effective, in this reviewer's opinion, than the pieces about the diplomatic service in Rio and all the brave young American careerists with their insecurities and lusts, are the groups of stories dealing with university life and upper middle class domestic relations. Among the many gems in this highly recommendable book are "Daughter of a Poet" (inspired apparently by the life of Wallace Stevens), "The Caryatid" (a gruesomely hilarious marriage tale), and "The Case of the Missing Photographs" (a gripping account of the difficulties of social dating among cocktail-partying couples). Recommended for academic and public libraries. -S. I. Bellman, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona