The Collected Stories by Leonard Michaels

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Leonard Michaels was a master of the short story. His collections are among the most admired, influential, and exciting of the last half century. The Collected Stories brings them back into print, from the astonishing debut Going Places (1969) to the uncollected last stories, unavailable since they appeared in The New Yorker, Threepenny Review, and Partisan Review.



At every stage in his career, Michaels produced taut, spare tales of sex, love, and other adult intimacies: gossip, argument, friendship, guilt, rage. A fearless writer—"destructive, joyful, brilliant, purely creative," in the words of John Hawkes—Michaels probed his characters' motivations with brutal humor and startling frankness; his ear for the vernacular puts him in the company of Philip Roth, Grace Paley, and Bernard Malamud. Remarkable for its compression and cadences, his prose is nothing short of addictive.



The Collected Stories is a landmark.


 

About Leonard Michaels

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Leonard Michaels (1933-2003) was the author of six collections of stories and essays as well as two novels, Sylvia and The Men’s Club. His Collected Stories and novels are available as FSG Classics
 
Published July 8, 2008 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 424 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Starring the redoubtable Nachman—a renowned mathematician who lives alone, continuously puzzled by human relationships, by almost everything, really, save the beauty and logic of numbers—these stories are written in a controlled, elegant style that transforms the rapacious search for meaning that...

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Leonard Michaels, who died in 2003 at age 70, inhabited a middle zone between writers' writer and cult hero.

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