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Behind the Curtain: Selected Fiction of Fitz-James O'Brien, 1853-1860

Behind the Curtain: Selected Fiction of Fitz-James O'Brien, 1853-1860

by Wayne R. Kime


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9781611490466
Publisher: University of Delaware Press
Publication date: 05/31/2011
Pages: 420
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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Behind the Curtain: Selected Fiction of Fitz-James O'Brien Chapter 3 1: Elegant Tom Dillar (Putnam's Monthly Magazine, May 1853) Chapter 4 2: Hard-Up (Putnam's Monthly Magazine, July 1854) Chapter 5 3: Baby Bloom (Harper's New Monthly Magazine, March 1855) Chapter 6 4: The Bohemian (Harper's New Monthly Magazine, July 1855) Chapter 7 5: Duke Humphrey's Dinner (Harper's New Monthly Magazine, August 1855) Chapter 8 6: The Pot of Tulips (Harper's New Monthly Magazine, November 1855) Chapter 9 7: The Dragon-Fang Possessed by the Conjuror Piou-Lu (Harper's New Monthly Magazine, March 1856) Chapter 10 8: The Mezzo-Matti (Putnam's Monthly Magazine, November 1856) Chapter 11 9: Uncle and Nephew (Harper's New Monthly Magazine, March 1857) Chapter 12 10: The Diamond Lens (Atlantic Monthly, January 1858) Chapter 13 11: The Lost Room (Harper's New Monthly Magazine, September 1858) Chapter 14 12: What Was It? A Mystery (Harper's New Monthly Magazine, March 1859) Chapter 15 13: The Wondersmith (Atlantic Monthly, October 1859) Chapter 16 14: Mother of Pearl (Harper's New Monthly Magazine, February 1860)

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