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January 17, 1999 | MARY ROURKE, Mary Rourke is a Times staff writer
The very idea of collecting the best English short stories into their own separate book invites a skeptical wince. What do England's Thomas Hardy or D.H. Lawrence have that can't be found in New England's persistent moralist, Nathaniel Hawthorne, or New York's prosaic exile, Henry James? What difference whether we quench a taste for other-realism with a work by England's J. G. Ballard or Colombia's Gabriel Garcia Marquez?
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March 8, 1991 | ELAINE KENDALL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
James Laughlin, founder of New Directions press, has not only published adventurous contemporary fiction but found time himself to produce an impressive body of criticism, short fiction and verse. A tribute to a distinguished man of letters, "Random Stories" collects a dozen quietly powerful short stories written early in his career; it also includes an informal and candid autobiographical essay and an affectionate tribute by Octavio Paz.
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December 14, 1998 | JONATHAN LEVI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"I know when one is dead." The line is King Lear's; the dead one, his youngest daughter Cordelia; the writer, Shakespeare. I have seen many great actors (and even actresses) read that line. And yet the performance I remember best is that of the critic and teacher Richard Sewell in a lecture theater filled with 300 college students. It was the first class of the term. We all knew that Sewell, a gentle man with a bewildered shock of white hair, had just lost his wife over the winter vacation.
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March 25, 1993 | TODD EVERETT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Although he's not once mentioned in the script, Russian author Anton Chekhov is the star of--and inspiration behind--Neil Simon's 1973 play, "The Good Doctor." It is a collection of skits based on several of the 60 short stories by the 19th-Century physician-turned-writer. The play also represents the greatest accomplishment so far of the Faye Renee Dinner Theatre at Ottavio's Banquet Facility in Camarillo.
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May 1, 1988 | Herbert Kretzmer, Kretzmer, for 18 years the drama critic of the London Daily Express and for seven years the TV critic of the London Daily Mail, wrote the lyrics of the Royal Shakespeare Company's musical hit, "Les Miserables." currently running in London and New York, and soon to open in Los Angeles. and
Frederic Raphael went to Cambridge University in the early '50s and never got over it. Three decades, 14 novels, and three volumes of short stories later, Raphael's university days remain, it appears, the dominant shaping influence of his life.
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May 11, 2007 | Hillel Italie, Associated Press
Amy Hempel, short story writer, is spending a rainy morning at a Madison Avenue diner. She is 56 years old. Her flowing hair is silvery-white. Her speech is clear, but careful. She sometimes edits herself as she talks or advances her thoughts as if placing one foot slowly before the other. For more than 20 years, she has been creating stories, short stories.
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December 15, 1995 | SALTER REYNOLDS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Let's just assume, for the sake of argument, that you've all read Harriet Doerr's first book, "Stones for Ibarra" (Viking / Penguin, 1984) and most likely, her second book, "Consider This, Senora" (Harcourt Brace, 1993). (Having read the first and waited nine long years, you would certainly have devoured the second, unless you were out of the country or off the planet.
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November 11, 1993 | RICHARD EDER, TIMES BOOK CRITIC
The broken marriages and relationships that figure in Elizabeth Tallent's stories are like smashed mirrors. A picture disintegrates. The man and woman--and the children and stepchildren who are part of the broken picture--bleed as they walk barefoot through the shards, but they also catch bright glimpses of themselves and of each other. The shards are mirrors too.
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December 25, 1992 | ELAINE KENDALL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There are two Kit Reeds, the briskly efficient plotter who wrote the taut suspense novel "Gone" under the name of Kit Craig and her alter ego, the pensive author of "Thief of Lives," 15 tales of anguished accommodation to circumstances defying control. One way and another, both the recent thriller and the short stories deal with loss and the various ways we struggle to cope with guilt, despair and the chasms that separate families and friends.
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August 7, 1988 | Robert L. Ross, Ross is editor of "Antipodes, a North American Journal of Australian Literature." and
Australians are celebrating two centuries of European settlement on that far-flung continent. And many of them are talking about how the nation has come of age, freed at last from colonial thinking, blessed now with unlimited prospects. Murray Bail, one of Australia's most original writers, has set out to prove the same for the country's fiction, through a collection of 32 modern short stories representing two dozen writers.
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