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The Collected Stories of Gladys Schmitt

Novelist Gladys Schmitt (1909–1972) published many stories in popular magazines. They are collected here for the first time. Gladys’s short fiction, like her novels, address wide swaths of the reading public, and yet they reflect many of the experimental impulses of literary modernism. Most of these stories end in what James Joyce called epiphanies; they concern protagonists who awaken from misjudgments of the social meaning and emotional tone of the situations and events in their lives. All bear Gladys’s hallmark of a verbal texture of detail that presents both external realities and movements of mind. One measure of success for a storyteller is that details linger in a reader’s mind, and by this measure Gladys was a master storyteller.

296 pages | 6 x 9

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