Books by Steven Millhauser

WE OTHERS by Steven Millhauser
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

Literary fiction old and new from one of the contemporary masters of the form.

Much of this collection has been selected from previous works, including stories from The Knife Thrower (1998) and The Barnum Museum (1990). Read full book review >

DANGEROUS LAUGHTER by Steven Millhauser
Released: Feb. 15, 2008

"Marvels within marvels, from a writer whose prose possesses the equivalent of what musicians call perfect pitch."
A collection of gossamer yet substantial entertainments from the ineffably graceful stylist well on his way to becoming America's Borges (or, perhaps, Cortázar). Read full book review >
THE KING IN THE TREE by Steven Millhauser
Released: Feb. 24, 2003

"Wonderful work, from one of the authentic magic-makers."
Some of the best writing of Millhauser's increasingly brilliant career (Enchanted Night , 1999, etc.) appears in this collection of three imaginative and unusual novellas. Read full book review >
ENCHANTED NIGHT by Steven Millhauser
Released: Oct. 27, 1999

A compact, deftly constructed novella that traces with wry precision the interrelationships among a Connecticut townful of midsummer night's dreamers on a humid and mystery-laden evening "when the almost full moon wakens sleepers in their beds." Read full book review >

THE KNIFE THROWER by Steven Millhauser
Released: May 6, 1998

Twelve mesmerizing tales about the subterranean forces of artistic creation, and about the eruption of the uncanny into quotidian life, by one of the most idiosyncratic and inventive modern American writers. Read full book review >

MARTIN DRESSLER by Steven Millhauser
Released: April 1, 1996

A chronicle of obsession, self-indulgence, and, in a curious way, moral growth, expertly poised between realistic narrative and allegorical fable, from the author of such intriguing, if sometimes unduly gossamer, fictions as Edwin Mullhouse (1972) and In the Penny Arcade (1986). The eponymous Martin, a quiet, diligent youth who learns the rudiments of business practices as a clerk in his father's Manhattan cigar store in the 1890s, rises gradually to wealth and fame as bellhop and eventually second-in-command at a well-known New York hotel, then proprietor of his own cigar store, afterward a thriving lunchroom, and, before his 30th birthday, of the ultramodern Dressler Hotel and its even more successful successors, most notably the Grand Cosmo, ``a leap beyond the hotel,'' that incorporates elements of a traveling Chautauqua, a theme park, and even a hint of Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. Read full book review >

LITTLE KINGDOMS by Steven Millhauser
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

These three ingenious novellas confirm Millhauser's status as a master fabulist—an author who displays a fantastic ability to describe in detail objects of his own invention: puppets, circuses, board games, and miniatures. Here, his greatest inventions are the comic strips and animated cartoons of J. Franklin Payne—in a portrait of an artist whose work recalls the career of Winsor McCay. Read full book review >