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"A one-man show at the top level of short story writing. Of a rare, indeed almost unique perfection..." --Sean O'Faolain

"Jim Powers was a great old Irish master who God plopped down in Minnesota as a joke, a dark wit on the prairie, and he left behind a small satchel of unforgettable writing." --Garrison Keillor

"One of the funniest, most socially exact, heartrending and thoroughly enjoyable [of] writers." --Jonathan Raban

"Story after story is worked out to its finest possible point." --Alfred Kazin
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ISBN-10:  0940322226
ISBN-13:  978-0940322226
Author:  J.F. Powers
Publisher:  NYRB Classics
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review by . September 02, 2007
I have reviewed on Amazon the earlier collections in their original format, "Prince of Darkness" (1947) and "Presence of Grace," (1956) as well as the novel "Morte d'Urban" (1962). The collected three thin volumes, thirty stories total, are reprinted as "The Stories of J.F. Powers" in 2001 from NY Review Press, as well as reissues of the two novels. As another reviewer on Amazon here noted, I too prefer the original volumes, but the fact that NY Review Press has reprinted the five books (the two …
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