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Will She Understand? - SAVE 50%!

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New Short Stories

by Fielding Dawson

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Black Sparrow Press

ISBN: 978-0-87685-729-8
Pages: 160
Size: 5.88" x 8.94"
Published: July 1988
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Written in New York between 1982 and 1987, the short stories in Will She Understand? bring us up to date with Fielding Dawson's work since the publication of Krazy Kat & 76 More, Collected Stories 1950-1976 and Virginia Dare, Stories 1976-1981. Reviewing Krazy Kat, the San Francisco Chronicle's critic compared the work favorably with Hemingway, Cain and Chandler, and suggested that "Dawson makes his foreground study that underbelly of society which the hard-boiled school had described only as backdrop."

In these thirty-two new stories, Dawson confirms and extends his mastery of a form he helped invent: the projectivist tale, in which a heightened sensitivity of attention registers in hair's-breadth detail not just physical realities but emotional events occurring in transformational, dreamlike, intuitional dimensions way off the tone-scale of the English narrative sentence.

Fielding Dawson

Fielding Dawson attended the famed Black Mountain College from 1949 to 1952, before settling in New York City where he became part of the Beat scene. Dawson is admired for his stream-of-consciousness style fiction with minimal punctuation, lax grammar, and naturalistic dialogue. Dawson wrote twenty-two books of short stories and memoirs, as well as a history of the Black Mountain College movement.

“Dawson’s ear for speech is im­peccable, but more startling is the way speech… is connected to thought, and how thought itself is formed in a seamless way in the author’s prose… [his] prose is complex, driven and quick, and the reader constantly feels he is en­countering the ruminations of the mind in ways he has never experienced before.” —New York Times Book Review

 “No writer moves more aptly, quickly, closely, in the tracking of human dimensions of feeling and relation.” —Robert Creeley