NEW WORLD WRITING 20 by

NEW WORLD WRITING 20

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This stimulating, rewarding and varied collection of mature and intelligent fiction, poetry and is an established annual. There is a fragment of a fable, funny, and by Rosenfeld in which a soldier, sent on a secret mission to find ""the of the enemy"", enters a monastery and finds that even holiness can be self , he betrays love as an answer, and finally is guilty of personal default before a priest. There is a chilling story by Earl Ganz, about a professor who destroys his flesh in the quest for pure intellect which is death. Dean Doner contributes some splendid criticism of Updike's Rabbit, Run which defines that novel as an attack on humanism and togetherness and a defense of those who ""run"", however blindly and alone, toward God. Sylvia Ashton-Warner's story of a child's first days at school is charming; Donald Barthelme's projection of a man who buys a radio station privately to broadcast his regrets is provocatively offbeat; and there's a symposium in which three critics analyze a poem by Stanley Kunitz who replies to their evaluation. There are poems as well- but the prose is best. Serious and literate, it offers a challenge and a pleasure.

Publisher: Lippincott