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Fred Chappell is one of our most brilliant and versatile authors, with many novels, short stories, and volumes of poetry to his credit. This anthology bears witness to the scope of his career: a rich body of narrative and lyrical fictions ranging over history, mythology, science, philosophy, and Chappell's own life. He has been recognized as a storyteller "to put on the shelf with Mark Twain, William Faulkner, and Eudora Welty" (The Washington Post). The Fred Chappell Reader is full of stories, including a complete novel, Dagon; substantial portions of four other novels; several short stories (two of which are previously uncollected); and poems culled from his books, an achievement for which Chappell shared (with John Ashbery) the prestigious Bolligen Prize in 1985.
Here is an important and thoroughly rewarding selection of work by a major American writer.
This reader assembles portions of four novels, all of a short fifth one, some stories and a generous representation of Chappell's poetry (he shared the Bollingen Prize with John Ashberry in 1985). The scene of both fiction and verse is the author's native rural, western North Carolina; Chappell is a regionalist who speaks with the unmistakable authority of the native son. But his scene can also be the London visited by Franz Joseph Haydn, projected in a fanciful metaphoric tale (title story in the collection Moments of Light, or a university town (Chappell teaches at Duke). Seen in perspective, his work displays thematic range and venturesomeness; the collection offers a welcome opportunity to watch him shed the excessively literary and experimental manner of his early work. Present throughout are his taste for the strange and grotesque (as in the novel Dagon and a sense of hovering violence, as in the oblique "Children of Strikers,'' set in the mill town that is also a familiar presence in his work. In an afterword Chappell says that he is not an ``important figure''; it is enough that he is a good, humane, versatile one.