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The Paris Review No. 13, Summer 1956

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Wit v. wisecrack: Dorothy Parker on the Art of Fiction.

Jean Genet’s “A Thief’s Journal”: “My face is an oval, very pure; my nose is smashed, flattened by a punch in some forgotten fight. The look on my face is blasé, sad and warm, very serious.”

James Blake’s letters from prison.

Stories by Nadine Gordimer and Richard Yates. Poems by Richard Howard and James Wright.

Table of Contents

Fiction

Nadine Gordimer, Face from Atlantis

Anthony Whittier, Gull Pond is a Half-Mile Wide

Richard Yates, A Wrestler With Sharks

Interview

Dorothy Parker, The Art of Fiction No. 13  Full Text

Poetry

Nicolas L.M. Crome, Two Poems

Barbara Deming, Oedipus Recalls Cythaera

David Ferry, Two Poems

Robert Greenwood, In a Cold Climate

Richard Howard, Two Poems

Herbert Morris, A Discipline of Zenith Deep as Life

Richard O’Connell, Annunciation

Robert Pack, An Idyll in Idleness

Marvin Solomon, Belle Grove

James Wright, The Assignation

Feature

James Blake, Letters from an American Prisoner

Blair Fuller, Text, Anita de Caro Portfolio

Jean Genet, from A Thief's Journal

Art

Avigdor Arikha, Contents Illustration

Anita de Caro, Portfolio

Oliver Harrington, Illustrations

Tom Keogh, Illustrations