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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


William Fifield, Summerhill Madhouse

Marvin Schiller, Les Saltimbanques

Junichiro Tanizaki, The Victim


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

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


Robert Bly, The Man Whom the Sea Kept Awake

Henri Coulette, Antony and Cleopatra

Richard Elman, A Confession to E

John Fairfax, Call Up

Charles Gullans, Narcissus

Theodore Holmes, A Farmer’s Getting Up

Donald Justice, Sestina

Philip Levine, Arbor Day

Philip Levine, The Drunkard

Robert Mezey, Equatorial

Stephen Orgel, Three Ways of Looking at Saint Sebastian

Stephen Orgel, Nocturne

Paul Petrie, Pegasus: A Comedy in Eight Scenes

Wesley Trimpi, Oedipus to the Oracle


Christopher Rand, Buddha's Anniversary


Tom Keogh, Keogh on Jazz — Seven Drawings

Roger Vieillard, Elements — Six Engravings