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By Jean Stafford Joyce Carol Oates | Comments: ( 561 ) | Date: ( Jun 18, 2019 )

These Pulitzer Prize winning stories represent the major short works of fiction by one of the most distinctively American stylists of her day Jean Stafford communicates the small details of loneliness and connection, the search for freedom and the desire to belong, that not only illuminate whole lives but also convey with an elegant economy of words the sense of the placeThese Pulitzer Prize winning stories represent the major short works of fiction by one of the most distinctively American stylists of her day Jean Stafford communicates the small details of loneliness and connection, the search for freedom and the desire to belong, that not only illuminate whole lives but also convey with an elegant economy of words the sense of the place and time in which her protagonists find themselves This volume also includes the acclaimed story An Influx of Poets, which has never before appeared in book form.


  • Title: The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford
  • Author: Jean Stafford Joyce Carol Oates
  • ISBN: 9780374529932
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Paperback

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Jean Stafford Joyce Carol Oates

Jean Stafford was an American short story writer and novelist, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford in 1970.



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  • Adrian

    I'm just not a fan. She writes more about state of mind, emotions, and point of view type themes than she does actual people and events. The common problem I had with her stories was the overall feeling that nothing ever happened. Her characters needn't be named because they aren't nearly as important as whatever "point" she's trying to make about what they're going through (typically about the pressures of being a woman in this time frame), and ultimately the stories are boring. There's also ve [...]


  • Christopher MacMillan

    What an unusual bunch of short stories Jean Stafford has come up with! First and foremost, to give credit where it is due, this is because Stafford's writing-style is so remarkable -- each sentence is rich with intelligent words and beautiful phrases strung together in a prose that is overflowing with symbolism and meaning, and which often surprises you with a sharp, unexpected uppercut of laugh-out-loud wit, right in the middle of the most dire and dark tales.Sure, much of these stories are den [...]


  • Ebirdy

    Although I tend to gravitate toward big, meaty novels when I look for something to read, I am in awe of short story writers. To be able to weave an entire story in only 10 or 15 pages (sometimes less) that leaves the reader feeling completely satisfied is just amazing. Jean Stafford is a master at this - she can sketch a complete scene is just a few well-chosen words. She also had me reaching for the dictionary, which I love - nothing like adding a few new words to my Scrabble vocabulary! Staffo [...]


  • amy

    Her stories remind me of a crisp autumn day, where everything is beautiful but twisted and cold and dying at the same time. It’s my favorite kind of weather. Most of all I love “Children Are Bored On Sunday," which makes me miss autumn in New York. The season, not the terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad movie.


  • Michaela

    Writing short stories well is a rare and precious skill, and Stafford is one of the best. Ever.There's only one real dud in this volume, but the rest are so spectacularly good, you'll probably forgive it, as I did.Be careful not to read Stafford's stories while also reading a blowhardy, overwordy novel. You'll come to resent the novel's obese clumsiness, even if it's the best novel ever written in the history of the universe. That's how taut and sharp these stories are, like perfectly cut little [...]


  • Rhiannon

    Before I read this, I thought Jean Stafford just wrote stories about society parties where vapid people say horrendous things and a select few see through them and are branded as outsiders (and narrators). And those are her best stories. But she also wrote about kids growing up in the West and all sorts of social awkwardness found outside of society parties, too. A good 75% of these stories are best described as "painful," but they're pretty wonderful, too.


  • Abby

    “Of course it could not have happened like this: falling in love is not an abrupt plunge; it is a gradual descent, seldom in a straight line, rather like the floating downward of a parachute.” (from "Caveat Emptor")Jean Stafford: A forgotten American treasure. These are charming stories, bursting with vitality. I wonder why she has more or less faded into oblivion; it is not fair.


  • David

    Updated review: 3/16/2008Well, I've read about 80% of these stories by now, and I think it's time to move on. As the two paragraphs below suggest, I think the stories are well-written, but suffer from an almost clinical detachment on the author's part. So, only three stars.Interim review:I've been dipping into this collection sporadically over the last month or so, and my reaction is ambivalent. I admire these stories a lot - insert appropriate verbiage along the lines of 'tightly constructed', [...]


  • Jessica

    EVERYBODY SHOULD READ JEAN STAFFORD. She is amazing. This is hands down the best collection of short stories I've ever read! My new favorite book of 2008.


  • Realini

    The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford by Jean StaffordFrom The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford, i have chosen one, the others have been noted on, with a few words for each story, at: realini/The End of a CareerAngelica Early is the heroine of this wonderful narrative, alas, the last in The Collected Stories."Last but not least" by any means.The protagonist is an extraordinarily beautiful woman.Unfortunately, we know from the start that she is dead and regretted.One of those attending the fun [...]


  • Dustincecil

    Jean Stafford doesn't fuck around! What a dudeA robust vocabulary, an elevated style, and a solid point of view. All but one of these stories centers around women, a type of woman that we get to know pretty well story after story. While the plots vary- most of these ladies seem stuck, frustrated, and generally over the fact that the most exciting things in their lives will/can happen only in fantasy.I'd've given this more stars, but 31 stories (at 2 a day) was a for bit a drag after a little whi [...]


  • Erin Digmon

    I really enjoyed this collection of short stories. Jean Stafford's stories were a diverse group that surprised me. Something strange or terrible pops up in each one. I also was able to add lots of new words to my vocabulary.


  • Kenneth

    Fascinating, if not always entertaining.


  • Michelle

    I jumped around this story collection, looking for well known ones and particular settings or characters. The tone of some stories remind me of Dorothy Parker, but with less dark humor and more introspective bleakness, heavier on the physical and emotional description. It's not the specifics of the where, when, and who of the stories that grab - it's the unsettling feelings, amorphous not quite depression, or pessimism, not quite happiness or loneliness - like that one moment when you suddenly d [...]


  • Randi Minetor

    This book is so beautifully written that the short story format became strangely unsatisfying. So many of the stories barely get started before Stafford ended them, leaving me feeling a little abused—I had just gotten to know these characters, and their tale was over. I couldn't help but hearken back to my creative writing classes in high school and college, when we were taught that a story has a beginning, a middle and an end—a conflict presented and resolved to the reader's satisfaction. M [...]


  • Rose

    Very easy to read, I found I enjoyed reading these stories though I can't honestly tell you why, or even describe a single character or event. By no means a page turner, i didnt feel the need to find out what happened next because the plots were so mild that it lmost seemed that nothing happened. Yet, it is so smoothly written that I didnt find it boring. Although I had no problem setting it down I didn't mind picking it up again and wandering back into Stafford's world. What I did find however, [...]


  • Ben

    Pulitzer 1970 - About half-way through the book I looked up what I could about Jean Stafford - as I suspected she had a very tough life. This collection of stories is, by and large, not uplifting. Lots of negative things happen to the heroine's of these books (who I'm sure are based on Ms. Stafford herself). However reading about her tragic life (a roommate that committed suicide, 3 marriages, drug and alcohol addiction) put the writing in context.That being said she does a great job of a comple [...]


  • Zac Frank

    I read Stafford's story, "Children Are Bored On Sunday" when it was featured by the New Yorker from the archive and completely fell in love with it. Because of that, I decided to try this larger collection of her work that included "Children". The rest of the stories I read were fine but failed to move me in the same way. It's still worth reading if only for this gem: "She wanted them to go together to some hopelessly disreputable bar and to console one another in the most maudlin fashion over a [...]


  • Beth

    4.5 stars. I had never heard of Jean Stafford until I read Dangerous Muse, about Caroline Blackwood. Serendipitous! These were sharp, cutting period pieces, where everyone is drinking orangeade and eating lettuce sandwiches, suffering from tuberculosis and catarrh. If I had to compare them to something, it would be The Stories of John Cheever, which is high praise indeed. I expected to like the New York stories the best, but I actually preferred the Western stories, full of people trying to make [...]


  • Laura

    Stafford quickly endeared me to her style, despite a few fairly overused phrases that she favored. There were of course a few stand outs, and a few that I practically skimmed; but over all Stafford touches on loneliness and isolation, while keeping broad in terms of environments. The American-ness of this collection (ah, the Pulitzers) reminded me somewhat of Fitzgerald, in it's celebration of differences (even when it seemed that Stafford wasn't comfortable in these abnormalities and eccentrici [...]


  • Allison

    She is one of the finest short story writers ever. It's difficult to fathom that I've never heard of her before (it was Saul Bellow's letters that introduced me to her--beleaguered wife of Robert Lowell). This probably should be a 5 star book but there were enough stories that while beautifully written I still couldn't connect withmething a little magic realist about some of them (which I just don't like). My favorites were the ones written from the point of view of a child. She can be hilarious [...]


  • Roxanne Russell

    I kept putting off reading this book because I was literally judging it by its cover. It was published by a University Press and looked interminably boring. But it was excellent.Stafford tells a range of stories in different settings from Europe to the American West. Her vocabulary is so extensive that I filled up my "look it up" index card/bookmark that I use with every new book. These stories were excellent in a similar manner to John Cheever's in that she is a true observer of human nature.


  • Chris

    I actually read a book of short stories by Stafford entitled "Bad Characters" Couldn't find it on here, so I figured that this was close enough. I read it because I remembered reading "Bad Characters" back in school, and I loved it. So I wanted to revisit it. Still love it, but the other stories were a bit rougher to get into. Her style is just too detached and brittle for me.


  • Marianna

    It's a nice FULL collection but there are so many stories-30- that it became hard to read. I took this book out from the library, so I wanted to read it and return it. Short story collections really aren't meant to be read that way. She did kick my vocabulary butt and I liked that very much. First time in years I had to read with a dictionary at my elbow.


  • Jed Mayer

    Wonderfully strange and poignant, these are some of the most remarkable stories I've ever read: though certain themes emerge (the pangs of childhood, the burden of beauty or ugliness, madness and alienation, country vs. city, etc.) each story has its own unique form and perspective, making for a dazzling range of reading experiences.


  • Scott Cox

    I recently re-read one of Jean Stafford's stories, "A Country Love Story." I must say that the story was very disturbing, but extremely well-written. The haunting symbolism (the sleigh) and relationship nuances worked very well together.


  • Lori

    In my twenties these stories really stayed with me. I am setting out to read them again, now that I am 51.


  • Brenda

    Enjoyed--well written.


  • Rsossel

    Stafford's characters are amazing. I find myself laughing aloud at their mannerisms and speech. Excellent book.


  • Kathryn

    Great collection by a wonderful writer who's not read a lot anymore unfortunately.


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