Short Stories, Irish literature, Classics, Modern Fiction, Contemporary Literary Fiction, The Japanese Novel, Post Colonial Asian Fiction, The Legacy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and quality Historical Novels are Among my Interests

Sunday, November 8, 2015

"A Florentine Experiment". A Short Story by Constance Fenimore Woolson (1880, included in Miss Grief and other Stories edited and introduced by Anne Boyd Rioux, Forthcoming February, 2016)

A post by Ambrosia Boussweau, European Correspodent of The Reading Life

"The Floretine Experiment, forest appeared in Harper's Magazine in 1880'and was included in the collection Dorothy and other Italian Stories and will be in the excellent collection edited by Anne Boyd Rioux, Miss Grief and other Stories  Constance Fenimore Woolson.

I think Riioux has captured this story in her introduction:

"It also reflects Woolson’s interest in James’s writing, for in it she consciously set out to write the type of story at which he was considered to excel—the society tale in which the talk is more important than the plot and in which, she felt, manner was placed above matter."

It does reflect the great talent of Woolson to be able to write a story like this as well as others like "Solomon", "Miss Grief" and "Saint Claire Flats".  The dialogue is very good and the backdrop of art saturated Florence is well utilized.

Ambrosia Boussweau 

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