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by Steven Moore,Ronald Firbank

ePub Complete Short Stories download
Author:
Steven Moore,Ronald Firbank
ISBN13:
978-0916583606
ISBN:
0916583600
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Dalkey Archive Press; 1st edition (September 7, 1990)
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Firbank should be honored as a great master of 20th-century literature, one whose books taught narrative economy, lightness of touch and speed to a generation of writers, among them Evelyn Waugh, Henry Green and Anthony Powell.

Firbank should be honored as a great master of 20th-century literature, one whose books taught narrative economy, lightness of touch and speed to a generation of writers, among them Evelyn Waugh, Henry Green and Anthony Powell. As an innovator and stylistic influence he stands to later English fiction precisely as early Hemingway does to American. Firbank remains unremittingly, gloriously campy. This is a given, like Beckett's gloom and Borges's scholasticism, and a real reader wouldn't have him any other wa. .

Ronald Firbank, Steven Moore. Born in London, the son of a wealthy businessman, Ronald Firbank was educated at Uppingham and Cambridge University. In 1909 he converted to Roman Catholicism and left the university without taking a degree. Instead, he embarked on extensive travels in Spain, Italy, the Middle East, and North Africa.

Complete Short Stories book.

Best known for his witty, ingenious novels, Ronald Firbank began his literary apprenticeship as a writer of short stories (or "contes," as he called them), all of which are gathered here for the first time.

Firbank, Ronald, 1886-1926; Moore, Steven, 1951-.

Ronald Firbank left among his manuscripts the first few characteristic chapters of a novel set in New York, The New Rythum (sic), published in 1962 after a sale of many of his manuscripts and letters.

Complete Short Stories. Published in England as The Early Firbank.

Showcasing an underappreciated artist, this bibliography is a record of how Ronald Firbank has been misinterpreted, praised, lost, and found again.

Ronald Firbank, Complete Short Stories (1990). Ronald Firbank, Complete Plays (1994). The Complete Fiction of W. M. Spackman (1997). Beerspit Night and Cursing: The Correspondence of Charles Bukowski and Sheri Martinelli (2001). No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or any information storage or retrieval system, without prior permission in writing from the publishers.

Both stories have missing passages, and imaginative guesswork could not solve them. In all, two stories in this collection ( Dan Emmonds and The Camel ) have never been published; twenty-one others have never been collected in book form; and one other has never been published in the United States. I owe a deep debt of gratitude to many people, individually and collectively, who helped to make this volume possible.

Best known for his witty, ingenious novels, Ronald Firbank began his literary apprenticeship as a writer of short stories (or "contes," as he called them), all of which are gathered here for the first time. They were written at a time when the literature of the decadent 1890s was maturing into the modernism of the early twentieth century, a growth reflected here as Firbank works through a variety of styles, genres, and voices, both imitating and subverting the literary models of his day. Written between the ages of seventeen and twenty-two, they are, properly speaking, his juvenilia, and are not to be judged by the standards of his mature work. All the seeds of the later work, however, were planted in this early work, and it is instructive and entertaining to observe Firbank as he tends his literary garden.Ranging from impressionistic prose poems and allegories to sardonic vignettes of high-society life, they all display Firbank's satiric eye and stylistic flair. Only a few of the stories were published commercially; most have been available only in expensive, limited editions, and four stories are published here for the first time from Firbank's manuscripts. Included in a appendix are two other pieces Firbank wrote at the same age―the poem "The Wind & the Roses" and his only venture into art criticism, "An Early Flemish Painter"―and detailed textual notes that give the publishing history for all the works.
  • This is one of my favorite novelists (though he's something of an acquired taste). I hadn't realized he'd written short stories, too. These are every bit as good as the novels. Be warned, though; Firbank's plots are somewhat obscure. Your best bet is to concentrate on the dialogue, characters and descriptions, e.g. "...and she grew as pale as the candy tuft, that sometimes grows on ruins." According to his biographers, Firbank used to lock himself into a hotel room to write, composing his novels on hundreds of little blue postcards, and emitting peal after peal of high-pitched laughter. If that intrigues you, get a copy of this book. If it doesn't, keep your distance.

  • This edition is a real find. Much of the material is gleaned from unpublished manuscripts, and much written by Firbank when he was very young, thus often dismissed as unaccomplished -- a great error in my opinion. Firbank gets pigeon-holed as supercilious because his characters may be. Wrong. This is some raw writing; how else could it be so laugh-out-loud funny?

    Note: the dust cover (not shown in the thumbnail) contains two excellent photos of Firbank around the time he wrote these stories.

  • Great fun to read.