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The Paris Review No. 98, Winter 1985

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“Most biographies are begun out of enchantment or affection; you read a poem and want to find the poet, you hear a statesman and are filled with admiration, or you are stirred by the triumphs of a general or admiral”: Leon Edel on the Art of Biography.

An Art of Fiction interview with Robert Stone.

Stories by M. F. Beal, Allan Gurganus, and Robert Stone. Poems by Jim Carroll, Ann Lauterbach, and Stanley Plumly.

Table of Contents


M. F. Beal, Veterans

Allan Gurganus, It Had Wings

Robert Stone, The Ascent of Mount Carmel


Leon Edel, The Art of Biography No. 1  Full Text

Robert Stone, The Art of Fiction No. 90  Full Text


Yehuda Amichai, Six Poems

Jim Carroll, from NYC Variations  Full Text

Killarney Clary, Two Poems

Dick Davis, Ibn Battuta

Michael Hofmann, Five Poems

James Laughlin, Three Poems

Ann Lauterbach, Five Poems

Cynthia Nadelman, Cold Water and a Boy

Stanley Plumly, Against Starlings  Full Text

Donald Revell, The Gaza of Winter

Vittorio Sereni, The Elm's Disease

Robert B. Shaw, Toll Call  Full Text

Cynthia Zarin, Colophon


Leon Edel, Edmund Wilson in the Fifties: La Douceur de la vie


George Condo, Heads

Robert Greene, Actual Size

Philip Taaffe, Madame Torso in Deep