Hardcover, 480 pages.
Condition: Good condition, clean and firm copy. Some foxing on page edges but overall inside is bright. Some fading on blue cloth and sunning on spine. No dust jacket.
An anthology of stories published over the last twenty-five years for the magazine, Mademoiselle, indicates by its list of authors, among whom are the outstanding practitioners of the form, that its editors have been far more concerned with literary quality than with maintaining a lady-like disposition for their publication. In Paul Bowles’, Pastor Dowe at Tacate, a missionary is nearly coerced by the natives into taking an infant bride; Madelon Shapiro talks of the demi-world of the motor cyclist; Shirley Jackson’s Charles creates a fictional demon of his own misconduct; James Baldwin tells of a Negro girl debilitated by sexual encounters with white lovers; Camus’ Adulteress accepts a strange and terrifying partner. Forty stories in all, the anthology embraces European and American writing, writing which is amusing, startling, and consistently distinguished.