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The Paris Review No. 16, Spring-Summer 1957

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Truman Capote on recognizing a good story, overcoming a snake’s nest of no’s, and barracuda ethics.

“It was like going back to the age of twelve, going fishing and all that”: Robert Penn Warren on early attempts at fiction, southern writers, and American history.

A story by Junichiro Tanizaki. Poems by Donald Justice and Philip Levine.

Table of Contents

Fiction

William Fifield, Summerhill Madhouse

Marvin Schiller, Les Saltimbanques

Junichiro Tanizaki, The Victim

Interview

Truman Capote, The Art of Fiction No. 17  Full Text

Robert Penn Warren, The Art of Fiction No. 18  Full Text

Poetry

Robert Bly, The Man Whom the Sea Kept Awake

Henri Coulette, Antony and Cleopatra

Richard Elman, Confession to E

John Fairfax, Call Up

Charles Gullans, Narcissus

Theodore Holmes, A Farmer's Getting Up

Donald Justice, Sestina

Philip Levine, Two Poems

Robert Mezey, Equatorial

Stephen Orgel, Two Poems

Paul Petrie, Pegasus: A Comedy in Eight Scenes

Wesley Trimpi, Oedipus to the Oracle

Feature

Christopher Rand, Buddha's Anniversary

Art

Tom Keogh, Keogh on Jazz—Seven Drawings

Roger Vieillard, Elements—Six Engravings