Morris' stories--26 are here--can be compared to Norman Rockwell covers for the old Saturday Evening Post. They are for the most part that time-specific--chockablock with American unsophistications and certain enduring themes (domesticated animals--cats and dogs--the most obvious of them). Two stories here, both from 1948--""The Ram in the Thicket"": an elderly couple preparing breakfast on the day they're to see a ship christened, in honor of their dead warhero son; and one written much later, ""Victrola"": one of the most moving man-dog stories in literature, period--deserve much more common representation in the classic anthologies. Few of the others are this good--Morris has put his quirky but quite thematically disciplined talent more to the longer form of the novel--but almost none is lacking in that special Morris feel for wholesome eccentricity and unexpected juxtaposition. See especially ""The Safe Place,"" ""Here is Einbaum,"" ""Real Losses, Imaginary Gains,"" and ""Fellow Creatures."" Morris is that rare kind of writer who radiates warmth off of every surface, while not letting you forget how angular and rough those surfaces of the world really are. Obligatory for connoisseurs of modern American prose.