Twice Told Tales: Stories

Daniel Stern, Author Paris Review $18.95 (173p) ISBN 978-0-945167-13-6
This first collection of stories by Stern, author of nine novels ( The Suicide Academy ; Final Cut ) and the recipient of several major literary awards, can be read as a series of homages to five great writers. In six effervescently compelling stories that brim with convincing characters, Stern evokes some specific themes of E. M. Forster, Henry James, Ernest Hemingway, Lionel Trillng and (twice) Sigmund Freud. The result is a splendid, impeccably crafted array of short narratives that seize upon their sources as rootstock and grow into flourishing new specimens. Two of the stories, ``A Clean Well-Lighted Place By Ernest Hemingway'' and ``Brooksmith By Henry James,'' are based on fiction, while the rest, from ``The Liberal Imagination By Lionel Trilling'' to ``The Psychopathology of Everyday Life By Sigmund Freud,'' are tales that arise from subtle considerations of those classic studies of the human condition. Stern, a one-time cellist with the Indianapolis Symphony, is Director of Humanities at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan. These stories show him to be an adroit and versatile writer who succeeds in pulling off a risky literary conceit that in lesser hands could have floundered under the weight of its own concept. (June)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1989
Release date: 01/01/1989
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