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The collected stories of John William Corrington
Corrington, John William.
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Columbia : University of Missouri Press, [1989]

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515 pages ; 24 cm
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The author of three novels, four collections of poetry, and numerous screenplays for television and film, John William Corrington was perhaps at his finest with the short story. Compiled from three volumes of short fiction and one previously uncollected story, The Collected Stories of John William Corrington brings together the work of a craftsman whose stories tell of the violence and mercy of the human spirit, of the fine line between law and justice, and of times gone by that.

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A character in the title story of Corrington's 1968 collection The Lonesome Traveler says the American South ``is a terrible land''; so it may be but Corrington (1932-1988) never ceased to be fascinated by it. The other collections represented here, The Actes and Monuments (1978) and The Southern Reporter (1981), and the previously uncollected ``Heroic Measures/Vital Signs'' (1986) are all concerned with the contradictions and colors of Southerners. Whether featuring a Creole lady in 1864 New Orleans or a late-1970s washed-up country singer/D.J. at a California radio station, the stories fearlessly, and generally with success, take on big topics--death, duty, honor, despair (with gobs of violence). Most tales have quirky turns: ``The Lonesome Traveler'' does not tell the 1935 rural lynching story a young Yankee reporter expects; in ``Nothing Succeeds'' an aristocratic old lawyer seeks an heir to Louisiana millions in 1968 California and is almost killed in a drug raid; in ``Heroic Measures'' a hospital visit turns into mystic violence. Corrington's style sometimes recalls Flannery O'Connor's gothic sensibility; at other times, one can detect his influence on James Dickey's romanticized view of the South. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved