DIONYSUS by Clifton- Ed. Fadiman


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Mr. Fadiman's subtitle for this anthology is: A Case of Vintage Tales About Wine. In it, together with a brief preface in his usual enthusiastically sophisticated manner and a short note on the author of each selection, he has arranged 22 short stories, one excerpt from a novel (Meredith's Egoist) and one long poem (by Hilaire Belloc). Each piece merited inclusion by virtue of having either for its subject matter or for a crucial part of its plot the world of refined pleasures which great wines afford. A partial list of the more prominent contributors should give an idea of the variety of bouquets: Dorothy Sayers, E.C. Bentley, A.A. Milne, Kingsley Amis, Robert Graves, Alfred Noyes, C.E. Montague, Alphonse Daudet, Roald Dahl, G.B. Stern, Peter De Vries, Lawrence Durrell, Art Buchwald, and Christopher Morley. And of course that old ""chestnut"" (as Mr. Fadiman terms it), Poe's Cask of Amontillado could hardly be excluded. The range is from whodunit to science fiction, situation humor, satire, and full-bodied oenophilic tour de force; the writing is all suave, competent, Britishly witty, and sometimes dated. No one acquainted with Mr. Fadiman would expect less--or more. Good bedside reading, and a perfect gift for tweedy bachelor uncles.

Pub Date: Nov. 13th, 1962
Publisher: McGraw-Hill