By V. S. Pritchett
V. S. Pritchett, one our best short-story writers, has selected 41 tales written within the English language for this quantity, generating a set that effectively screens the wealth and diversity of an paintings that spans a few 2 hundred years.
nice Britain, the US, and particularly ireland have fantastic traditions of short-story writing that experience constructed from the time of Sir Walter Scott and Nathaniel Hawthorne, whereas within the final century the artwork was once perfected via Ernest Hemingway, D. H. Lawrence, W. Somerset Maugham, John Updike, and V. S. Pritchett himself. The Irish contribution comprises such masters as James Joyce, Frank O'Connor, and Liam O'Flaherty, and tales by way of Canadian, Indian, New Zealand, and Australian writers express the whole variety of invention and talent in a style that maintains to flourish.
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Soon, however, he forgot these mortifying failures. In the intervals of study and chemical experiment he came to her flushed and exhausted, but seemed invigorated by her presence, and spoke in glowing language of the resources of his art. He gave a history of the long dynasty of the alchemists, who spent so many ages in quest of the universal solvent by which the golden principle might be elicited from all things vile and base. Aylmer appeared to believe that, by the plainest scientific logic, it was altogether within the limits of possibility to discover this long-sought medium; 'but,' he added, 'a philosopher who should go deep enough to acquire the power would attain too lofty a wisdom to stoop to the exercise of it'.
The place was filled at once by various sorts of men, and with noises corresponding to their character. There were the grave low sounds of men engaged in busy traffic, with the laugh, the song, and the riotous jest of those who had nothing to do but to enjoy themselves. ' 'What is the matter? ' the guests demanded of each other. ' There is something in the tone of deep and concentrated passion, which attracts attention and imposes awe, even by the very sound. The guests shrank back on every side, and gazed at the Highlander 20 Sir Walter Scott as he stood in the middle of them, his brows bent, and his features rigid with resolution.
The latter pursuit, however, Aylmer had long laid aside in unwilling recognition of the truth - against which all seekers sooner or later stumble that our great creative Mother, while she amuses us with apparently working in the broadest sunshine, is yet severely careful to keep her own secrets, and, in spite of her pretended openness, shows us nothing but results. She permits us, indeed, to mar, but seldom to mend, and, like a jealous patentee, on no account to make. Now, however, Aylmer resumed these half-forgotten investigations; not, of course, with such hopes or wishes as first suggested them; but because they involved much physiological truth and lay in the path of his proposed scheme for the treatment of Georgiana.