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The Paris Review No. 128, Fall 1993

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40th Anniversary Issue.

“We’re all one beat away from becoming elevator music”: Don DeLillo on the Art of Fiction.

An interview with Toni Morrison.

John Cheever on the literary life.

Stories by Ethan Canin, Gabriel García Márquez, Marcia Guthridge, and Jeanette Winterson. Poems by Jorie Graham, Marilyn Hacker, and Pattiann Rogers.

Table of Contents


Ethan Canin, The Palace Thief

Gabriel García Márquez, The Saint

Marcia Guthridge, Bones

Jeanette Winterson, The Lives of Saints


Don DeLillo, The Art of Fiction No. 135  Full Text

Toni Morrison, The Art of Fiction No. 134  Full Text


Bruce Bond, Two Poems

Lucie Brock-Broido, And Wylde for to Hold

Scott Cairns, Three Poems

Carl Dennis, Two Poems

Andrew Feld, Not Included in this Landscape

Richard Frost, Three Poems

Edwin Gallaher, Three Poems

James Galvin, Indirective

Jorie Graham, Subjectivity

Marilyn Hacker, Two Poems

John Harvey, Three Poems

Brooks Haxton, An Interval of Five Tones, Being the Dominant

Gregg Hodges, Desert Love, or Echo's Revenge

Mark Irwin, Robert Mapplethorpe's Photograph of Apollo (1988)

James Longenbach, Three Poems

Richard Lyons, Three Poems

Cynthia Macdonald, The Dreamer on the Stone, Couch Dreams and Wakes

W. S. Merwin, Three Poems

Honor Moore, Bucharest, 1989

James Reiss, Two Poems

Tim Rollins, Two Poems

David Schloss, Two Poems

Robyn Selman, Exodus

Frederick Tibbetts, Three Figures

Pimone Triplett, Persephone and Hades

Judita Vaiciunaite, Five Poems

Karen Volkman, Three Poems

Rachel Wetzsteon, Two Poems

Susan Wood, Two Poems


Helen Chasin, On the Literary Life

Ernest Hemingway, Titres Manques

Charles Scribner III, Gatsby Illuminated

Ezra Pound, Canto 72, Confession

Dylan Thomas, Mea Culpa


George Plimpton, Notice


Sara Barrett, Contents Illustration