The Literary Dog: Great Contemporary Dog Stories

Jeanne Schinto, Other Atlantic Monthly Press $19.45 (373p) ISBN 978-0-87113-383-0
Although six of the 34 stories here are also anthologized in Michael J. Rosen's The Company of Dogs (see review above), fiction writer Schinto's editing reveals a distinctive vision, critical and slightly dark. ``Dog lovers, beware!'' she warns, explaining that she has ennobled neither the canine species nor its relation to man (as Rosen appears to have done) and has instead gathered works ``in which the dog is necessary to the effect that the author wishes to create.'' Among the provocative entries unique to this collection: Michael Bishop's ``Dogs' Lives,'' a fictional history with dogs painted into every scene; William Trevor's ``The Penthouse Apartment,'' in which an English gentlewoman's sensibilities are ruffled when her dog is assigned blame for the damage wrought when a neighbor's housekeeper hosts an unauthorized party; Stephanie Vaughan's ``Dog Heaven,'' which arrestingly begins, ``Every so often that dead dog dreams me up again''; Veronica Geng's satirical ``Canine Chateau,'' identified as ``a document from the Pentagon's ongoing probe into a defense contractor's $87.25 bill for dog boarding''; and Mark Strand's inventive ``Dog Life,'' about a husband's confession that he used to be a collie. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1990
Release date: 01/01/1990
Paperback - 373 pages - 978-0-87113-504-9
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