Title: A Hasty Bunch: Short Stories.
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale
Publication Date: 1977
A Fine copy in a Fine unclipped dust jacket. This collection of stories was originally privately published in France in 1922 by McAlmon at his Contact Press. This edition is the first time these 24 stories have been publicly available since then. McAlmon is best known for publishing Ernest Hemingway's first book and joining him in Spain for the bull fights; but McAlmon was also a writer of some note and one of the most influential literary figures in Paris in the 1920s. He was friends with everyone of importance in Paris and his Contact Press was responsible for publishing many of the great writers of the period. First Printing of the First Reprint Edition. Bookseller Inventory # 25725
A Hasty Bunch was published a half-century ago in Paris in a limited edition by Contact Editions—and never reprinted until now.
The first story, “Backslider,? chronicles Gert Northrup?s fall from grace with ironic understanding. In “Sing the Baby to Sleep, Marietta,? McAlmon?s lyricism and sharpness of eye for the colors of the New Mexico desert create an almost unbearable tension in a story of two women in love with the same man. “Light Woven into Wavespray? displays McAlmon?s youthful self-consciousness about a man?s romantic yearnings. “A Boy?s Discovery? is a moving example of the tough, poignant analysis of the young which is characteristic of McAlmon?s work. “The Psychoanalyzed Girl? portrays a memorable—and astonishingly modern— young woman in Montparnasse. “A Family Business? is a delightful characterization of an ailing guest at the “Rest an Hour Kosher year-round hotel.? And in “Abrupt Decision? a docile housewife is brought to a realization of the futility of all things.
Students of McAlmon?s work will welcome this republication of his almost inaccessible collection of short stories. General readers of fiction and short stories unfamiliar with McAlmon until now will be astonished by the range and diversity of one of the most influential writers of the Paris renaissance of the 1920s.
About the Author:
Robert McAlmon was born in Clifton, Kansas, in 1896. He returned to the United States in 1935. He died in Desert Hot Springs, California, in 1956.
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