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The Watchful Gods and Other Stories (Paperback)
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The Watchful Gods and Other Stories (Paperback)

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Paperback 328 Pages / Published: 30/09/2004
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In 1950, Walter Van Tilburg Clark, author of the acclaimed novel The Ox-Bow Incident - a writer who critic John R. Milton has said ""did perhaps more than anyone else to define (in his fiction) the mode of perception, the acquisition of knowledge, and the style which we tend to call Western"" - published a collection of short stories that had already won distinction in various national magazines. The collection - Clark's only published volume of short fiction - was well received by reviewers, and subsequent critics have noted that these stories reflect both Clark's literary power and the major concerns of his novels: the interior and intuitive complexities of good and evil, and the fragile, intricate web that connects humankind to the rest of the natural world. This new paperback edition - which includes ""Hook,"" Clark's most renowned story - makes these remarkable pieces available again to a new generation of readers. A foreword by Ann Ronald, one of the West's most astute literary critics, sets the stories into the context of Clark's oeuvre and career and illuminates the way they reveal crucial characteristics of this complicated writer's imagination, Clark remains one of the West's most significant writers, one of the first to explore the complicated inter-actions between humankind and the West's vast and often haunted landscape. The stories in The Watchful Gods will offer contemporary readers fresh insight into Clark's unique genius.

Publisher: University of Nevada Press
ISBN: 9780874176018
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 345 g
Dimensions: 203 x 127 x 20 mm


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Clark appears in this collection of his short stories as a sensitive and cultivated writer, as much at home with the knowledgeable outdoor men and their natural world as with intellectuals and academicians.... This unlikely but graceful combination seems to be responsible for a prose style that is wiry, masculine, and mature. The Nation"
One of the few distinguished first collections to appear in our time comparable with such volumes as Hemingway sIn Our Time, Faulkner sThese Thirteen, and Eudora Welty sA Curtain of Green. Saturday Review of Literature"

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