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The Magellan House: Stories

The Magellan House: Stories

by John Rolfe Gardiner


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From the award-winning author of Somewhere in France and Double Stitch, a story collection so varied that it could only have sprung from the imagination of a master.

The Magellan House cuts to the bone, its characters trying to maintain their decency and sanity while surrounded by duplicitous, confused, manipulative people. In "Fugitive Color," an American painter's year in Provence teaching for at an idyllic art college is destroyed by the perverse intrigues of staff and students; In "The Magellan House," a poor family takes over their landlord's seaside mansion after the revolution in Portugal—but their daughter maintains a secret love affair with a scion of the deposed family; In "The Head of Farnham Hall" a headmaster is forced to leave her post because a student wrongly accused of death-threats takes pathological advantage of the contrition owed her; and in "The Doll House," a rural French priest is ruined by his own innocence, incapable of grasping the modern world around him in all its obscenity.

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ISBN-13: 9781582432335
Publisher: Catapult
Publication date: 07/28/2004
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

John Rolfe Gardiner was born in New York City in 1936 and grew up in the Washington D.C. suburbs of Northern Virginia during World War II. He served in England in the Army Security Agency, then worked as a reporter and editor at Broadcasting and Television magazines in New York and Washington.

Gardiner's first novel, Great Dream From Heaven for which he was named a member of the Mark Twain Society, was published in 1974. An early recipient of a National Endowment writer's grant and a winner of the Lila Wallace award for fiction, he is the author of six novels and three story collections, his stories have appeared in The New Yorker, American Scholar, American Short Fiction, Ontario Review, Oxford American, O Henry Prize Stories, Best American Short Stories, the Pushcart Prize volume and many other periodicals and anthologies.

Much of the writer’s early short fiction treated life in a rural Virginia village and the culture west of Washington D.C.’s Beltway. Novels and later short fiction set in Europe and America have taken historical settings from the American Revolutionary period to a Tennessee coal miners’ uprising of the 1890s, World War I France, a Depression Era orphanage, World War II home-front, the American mall culture of the 1980s, and lately, short fiction set in the world transformed by information technology.Gardiner lives east of the Shenandoah River and Blue Ridge Mountains in the village of Unison, Virginia, with his wife, ceramic artist Joan Gardiner.

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