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"I went back and reread the novels I had read before, together with Time Will Darken It and all the short stories I could find. And I thought: So this is how it should be done. I thought: If only I could go back and write again every single thing I have written."
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CHRISTOPHER CARDUFF, editor, is a consulting editor at The Library of America. His collected edition of William Maxwell's Þction, published to mark the writer's centenary, will be completed by a second volume, Later Novels and Stories, in fall 2008. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Hardcover: 920 pages
  • Publisher: Library of America; 1st edition (January 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159853016X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598530162
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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The late William Maxwell (1908-2000) served for forty years as an editor at 'The New Yorker' magazine. An Illinois-boarn realist whose literary works provided his readers with 'windows' into small-town midwestern family life of the 1910 and 1920s, Maxwell's own mastery of American prose style was (and remains) unsurpassed by any of his contemporary including Eudora Welty, J. D. Slainger, John Updike, and Alice Munro (all of whom he was a first reader of their fiction in his professional capacity with 'The New Yorker'). Now his four early novels (Bright Centory of Heaven; They Came Like Swallows; The Folded Leaf; and Time Will Darken It) have been collected under one cover, along with nine of his early short stories, and his essay 'The Writer as Illusionist' which he wrote in 1955. "William Maxwell: Early Novels And Stories" is a valued and very strongly recommended addition to community, college, and university American Literature reference collections and supplemental reading lists.
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The first book of Maxwell's I read, in my late teens, was "So Long, See You Tomorrow" [in the second volume of this series,, "Later Novels"]. It was so great, so moving, that I couldn't imagine at that time ever reading anything else by this author. Fortunately I went exploring eventually. "The Folded Leaf" and "Time Will Darken It" [in this volume] should be on any reader's shelf or in their mind. I recommend this volume of Maxwell's early novels and stories as well as the second volume of his later works. Money well spent on an American writer whose work will genuinely enrich your life.
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When someone asks me who or what I'm reading these days my response is usually William Maxwell. The next question is "Who?" I then go on to tell them about a writer who has entered my life like a whirlwind, and I tell them about this author. Perhaps I am the one who has not caught up with 20th century fiction and yet I have read a plethora of writers in that era. My only excuse is that Maxwell lived from 1908 to 2000 and during his life time his actual fictional output was six novels (one of them a short one) and a number of short stories. What then was he doing in the meantime? Well, he was an editor of the New Yorker Magazine for one thing. Enough said there.

He wrote when he could but you will often find stretches of nine or ten years between new novels. This does not help an eager fan base, but that's the way it was. I could go on for pages about this man, but I will just say this: if you like action- packed stories then he is not the author for you. But if you want a story where the characters grow and grow and grow upon you as if they were living right in your home, then give him a try. But be patient, for his complete delineation of character is not found until the end (and even then there is so much to be reconsidered and reread). Here's hoping.
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