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The Paris Review No. 79, Spring 1981

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“I really don’t see War and Peace as a great novel because it seems constantly to be trying to prove that nobody who was in the war knew what was going on”: An interview with Rebecca West.

“Longevity, gentlemen, is not an end. It is a prolongation”: Ernest Hemingway on the short story.

Stories by Raymond Carver, William Faulkner, William Gass, and Terry Southern. Poems by Amiri Baraka, Joe Brainard, Robert Creeley, X. J. Kennedy, Maxine Kumin, and Charles Tomlinson.

Table of Contents

Fiction

Jerry Bumpus, The Attack on San Clemente

Raymond Carver, Why Don't You Dance?

William Faulkner, The Werewolf

William Gass, Summer Bees

Terry Southern, Heavy Put-Away

Interview

Rebecca West, The Art of Fiction No. 65  Full Text

Poetry

John Ashbery, Two Poems  Full Text

Amiri Baraka, Pres Spoke in a Language  Full Text

Michael Benedikt, St. Rafael's Lament

Joe Brainard, The Outer Banks

Tom Clark, Crisis on the Savannah  Full Text

Robert Creeley, For John Duff

Donald Davie, At the Café Parnasse

James Dickey, The Lyric Beasts

Kenward Elmslie, August

Elaine Feinstein, from An England Sequence

Allen Grossman, Bow Spirit

Thom Gunn, Selves

Donald Hall, Illustration

John Hollander, All Our Poems of Death Are Juvenilia

Richard Howard, With a Potpourri from Down Under

X. J. Kennedy, The Death of Professor Backwards

Galway Kinnell, The Milk Bottle

Kenneth Koch, Best Wishes

Maxine Kumin, Going to Jerusalem  Full Text

Denise Levertov, Sound of the Axe

Philip Levine, A Sign

John Logan, Medecine Bow

Christopher Logue, Urbanal

Robert Mezey, In the Fields of the Dead

Herbert Morris, Praise for the Second Daughter

Howard Moss, News from the Border

Joyce Carol Oates, Small Miracles

Ron Padgett, Poem

James Schuyler, The Payne Whitney Poems

Frederick Seidel, Flame  Full Text

Anne Sexton, Admonitions to a Special Person

David Shapiro, To the Earth

Louis Simpson, Magritte Shaving  Full Text

William Stafford, One of the Ways

Gerald Stern, June First

May Swenson, From a Daybook

Charles Tomlinson, Programme Note

Charles Wright, Laguna Blues

Feature

Joan Dillon, The Paris Review Sketchbook

William Pène du Bois, The Paris Review Sketchbook

Peter Duchin, The Paris Review Sketchbook

Elaine Dundy, The Paris Review Sketchbook

Blair Fuller, The Paris Review Sketchbook

Martha Gellhorn, Guerre de Plume

Ernest Hemingway, The Art of the Short Story

Pati Hill, The Paris Review Sketchbook

Laura (Riding) Jackson, Guerre de Plume

Archibald MacLeish, The Paris Review Sketchbook

Maggie Paley, The Paris Review Sketchbook

John Phillips, The Paris Review Sketchbook

George Plimpton, The Paris Review Sketchbook

Irwin Shaw, The Paris Review Sketchbook

Terry Southern, The Paris Review Sketchbook

Stephen Spender, Guerre de Plume

John P.C. Train, The Paris Review Sketchbook

Eugene Walter, The Paris Review Sketchbook

Art

Alice Aycock, The First City of the Dead: The City of Doors (1914)

Carole Caroompas, The Songs She Sang to Herself and the Dreams of the Lady of the Castle Perilous

David Hockney, Drawings from the French Triple Bill

Sol LeWitt, Six Geometric Figures

Philip Smith, Simple Vase with New Background