The Lonely Voice
A Study of the Short Story
Frank O' Connor
Introduction by Russell Banks
Frank O’Connor was one of the twentieth century’s greatest short story writers, and one of Ireland’s greatest authors ever. Now, his influential and sought-after book on the short story is back.
The Lonely Voice offers a master class on short story writing with a true master of the form. It is, in fact, based on the lectures that legendary Irish short story writer Frank O’Connor gave while teaching a master class in fiction writing at Stanford University in 1961. Among the students in that class: Ken Kesey, Larry McMurtry, Robert Stone, and Susan Howe.
With his sharp wit and straightforward prose, O’Connor not only discusses the techniques and challenges of a form in which “a whole lifetime must be crowded into a few minutes,” but also delves into a passionate consideration of his favorite authors and their greatest works, including Chekhov, Hemingway, Kipling, Joyce, and others.
More than just a “how-to:” for writers, “this wonderful book,” as Russell Banks observes in his introduction, “…gives new ways to understand and love more intelligently what we read.”