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The Paris Review No. 95, Spring 1985

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Obscene self-confidence and ongoing terror: John Barth on the Art of Fiction.

Great moments in literature reenacted in vitrines designed by Roz Chast: Proust dunks his Madeline cookie, Frost starts a fire at bread loaf, and Arthur Miller refuses to tap dance.

Stories by Louise Erdrich, Allan Gurganus, and Barry Yourgrau. Poems by Yves Bonnefoy and André Breton.

Table of Contents

Fiction

Louise Erdrich, The Beet Queen

Allan Gurganus, A Body Tends to Shine

Barry Yourgrau, Sand

Interview

John Barth, The Art of Fiction No. 86  Full Text

William Meredith, The Art of Poetry No. 34  Full Text

Poetry

Ingeborg Bachmann, Night Flight

Yves Bonnefoy, The Lure of the Threshold

AndrÈ Breton, The Verb To Be

Marilyn Hacker, The Little Robber Girl Gets on in the Wide World

Peyton Houston, Three Poems

Denis Johnson, The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly

Velimir Khlebnikov, Three Poems

Hugh Seidman, Two Poems

Barbara Wuest, Mass

Feature

Roz Chast et al., Notice: The Art of Revelry

Art

Jack Goldstein, Untitled

Robert Mapplethorpe, Heads and Flowers

Richard Prince, Portraits