1981 Review of Caroline Gordon’s COLLECTED STORIES

“It is a joy to read or reread the stories in this collection, observing the precepts of the teacher coming to life in her work. Her own literary heritage was impressive. She was private secretary to Ford Madox Ford who knew Henry James who knew Turgenev who knew Flaubert. The influence is apparent but not burdensome. Gordon’s style is as clear and lively as the mountain streams she describes so lovingly. Her mentor Henry James speaks of the “solidity of specification” which brings fiction to life and upon which all its other virtues depend. Gordon is a master of those concrete details which illumine and give reality to the whole.  —Katherine Paterson, “Caroline Gordon’s House of Fiction.” The Washington Post (19 April 1981)

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