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The Paris Review No. 12, Spring 1956

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William Faulkner on ruthlessness (“If a writer has to rob his mother he will not hesitate”), his ideal job (“landlord in a brothel”), and the Art of Fiction.

A story by Gina Berriault. Poems by Thom Gunn, John Hollander, and Eugenio Montale.

Table of Contents


Gina Berriault, Around the Dear Ruin

Owen Dodson, The Summer Fire

John Langdon, The Blue Serge Suit


William Faulkner, The Art of Fiction No. 12  Full Text


Stephen Berg, A Natural Death

Philip Booth, Seadog and Seal

Barbara Deming, Song

Rolf Fjelde, Expedition of a Child

Andrea Glaze, St. Jerome

Thom Gunn, Julian the Apostate

Thom Gunn, The Nature of an Action

John Hollander, Enter Machiavel Waving His Tail

Jenny Joseph, Out of Sight of Land

George Kelly, The Deserted Chapel of the Holy Ghost

Robert Layzer, Cupid Aloft

David Lougee, Her Country Place

W. S. Merwin, The Station

Eugenio Montale, Nuove Stanza

Helen Neville, Sonnet

Stephen Orgel, Fiesole: 1560

James Schevill, The Toad and the Poet

Frederick Will, Three Snow Moods

Harold Witt, Arachne


Christopher Wanklyn, Notes from Morocco


Ottaviano , Portfolio

Jean Jones, Portfolio