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Behind the Curtain re-introduces the fiction of Fitz-James O'Brien to modern readers by presenting fourteen of his works, five here reprinted for the first time, that together suggest the development and range of his accomplishment as a short story writer. Editorial commentary on individual stories reveals O'Brien's attunement to the fashions, fads, interests, and concerns that manifested themselves in his adopted country, especially in New York City. The volume comprises, first, an introduction that sketches O'Brien's literary career and traces his development as a fiction writer. The stories appear next, arranged chronologically in the order of their publication. Each is preceded by information about its place in the author's career and circumstances surrounding its publication. O'Brien's frequent references to persons, places, books, and events that may require identification are explained in the notes that follow each story.
|Publisher:||University of Delaware Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Wayne R. Kime taught English at the University of Delaware, the University of Toronto, and Fairmont State University, West Virginia.