Wild Nights! Stories About the Last Days of Poe, Dickinson. Twain, James, and Hemingway

Author(s): Joyce Carol Oates

Biography & Memoir

Through the words of his own 'diary', we watch as Poe succumbs to existential loneliness during a sociological experiment in an isolated lighthouse, stranded for a year with no companion but his faithful dog...
Dickinson is brought back to life in an imagined future era, when a husband and wife buy her as a servant-robot/clone, eager for her to write her charming verses while she does the chores...
Samuel Clemens (Twain) dotes on his 'Angelfish', a group of young girls aged 10-15 who he insists should call him Grandpa and on whom he lavishes endless gifts...
Henry James volunteers in a British hospital during WWI and struggles to overcome his revulsion at the wreckage of the soldiers' bodies only to discover something new and dangerously beautiful in himself...
And in the final story, with Papa Hemingway hunched over a table late at night with a shotgun to his chin, we trace back over his angry, chaotic life, his tumultuous relationship with his father and his wives...

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"Our most industrious writer back at the anvil, making her usual unholy racket, while simultaneously throwing off sporadic sparks of unalloyed brilliance." -- Kirkus Reviews

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General Fields

  • : 9780061434822
  • : HarperCollins
  • : HarperCollins
  • : April 2009
  • : 203mm X 127mm X 23mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 272
  • : Paperback
  • : Joyce Carol Oates