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Alternative title: Shirley Hazzard : Collected Stories
Issue Details: First known date: 2020... 2020 The Collected Stories of Shirley Hazzard
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'The collected short fiction of a master prose stylist

'Twenty-eight works of short fiction in all, Shirley Hazzard's Collected Stories is a work of staggering breadth and talent. Here, Hazzard's short-story collections, Cliffs of Fall and People in Glass Houses, are presented in their entirety alongside uncollected stories, concluding with two previously unpublished stories found in typescript among her papers.

'Taken together, Hazzard's short stories are masterworks in telescoping focus, "at once surgical and symphonic" (The New Yorker), ranging from quotidian struggles between beauty and pragmatism to satirical sendups of international bureaucracy, from the Italian countryside to suburban Connecticut. In an interview, Hazzard once said, "The idea that somebody has expressed something, in a supreme way, that it can be expressed; this is, I think, an enormous feature of literature." Her stories themselves are a supreme evocation of writing at its very best: probing, uncompromising, and deeply felt.' (Publication summary)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Virago , 2020 .
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      Extent: 368p.
      Reprinted: 31 Mar 2021 Paperback release
      Note/s:
      • Published 3 November 2020
      ISBN: 9780374126483

Works about this Work

United Nations and Other Fictions Desmond O'Grady , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: Quadrant , April vol. 64 no. 4 2021; (p. 87-88)

— Review of The Collected Stories of Shirley Hazzard Shirley Hazzard , 2020 selected work short story
An Intimacy with Truth Robert Pogue Harrison , 2021 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , March 2021;

— Review of The Collected Stories of Shirley Hazzard Shirley Hazzard , 2020 selected work short story

'The only time I heard Shirley Hazzard use the word ‘hate’ during the thirteen years I knew her was one night in Rome when I walked her back to the Hassler Hotel after a dinner at Otello on Via della Croce. (For half a century, both with and without her husband Francis Steegmuller, she stayed in the same room at the Hassler Hotel whenever she was in Rome, and only occasionally did she and I ever dine at a restaurant other than Otello when we got together in Rome). I mentioned something about a place that had changed. She stopped in her tracks, put her hand on my arm, and declared: ‘I hate change.’' (Introduction)

Her Wider World Geordie Williamson , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , December no. 173 2020; (p. 70-72)

— Review of The Collected Stories of Shirley Hazzard Shirley Hazzard , 2020 selected work short story
A Passion for Words and Truth : The Short Fiction of Shirley Hazzard Brenda Niall , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December no. 427 2020;

— Review of The Collected Stories of Shirley Hazzard Shirley Hazzard , 2020 selected work short story

'When Shirley Hazzard was invited to give the 1984 Boyer Lectures, it was an astonishing break in tradition. Her twenty-three predecessors included only one woman, Dame Roma Mitchell, a supreme court justice who was later governor of South Australia. Except for architect and writer Robin Boyd, and poet and Bulletin editor Douglas Stewart, Hazzard was the only creative artist on the list. All her predecessors were well known for their public contributions to Australian life.' (Introduction)

Shirley Hazzard, Collected Stories Ronnie Scott , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 28 November - 4 December 2020;

— Review of The Collected Stories of Shirley Hazzard Shirley Hazzard , 2020 selected work short story

'Much is always made of the facility with which people quote verse in Shirley Hazzard’s worlds. In a 2004 interview for The Believer, Hazzard said, “It’s quite intentional. You see, books were a theme of life, a lifetime, for whole populations who grew up before the 1950s, when television broke on the world.” In her introduction to these collected stories, Zoë Heller identifies the habit of quotation as a sign of a character’s moral worth.' (Introduction)

Shirley Hazzard, Collected Stories Ronnie Scott , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 28 November - 4 December 2020;

— Review of The Collected Stories of Shirley Hazzard Shirley Hazzard , 2020 selected work short story

'Much is always made of the facility with which people quote verse in Shirley Hazzard’s worlds. In a 2004 interview for The Believer, Hazzard said, “It’s quite intentional. You see, books were a theme of life, a lifetime, for whole populations who grew up before the 1950s, when television broke on the world.” In her introduction to these collected stories, Zoë Heller identifies the habit of quotation as a sign of a character’s moral worth.' (Introduction)

A Passion for Words and Truth : The Short Fiction of Shirley Hazzard Brenda Niall , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December no. 427 2020;

— Review of The Collected Stories of Shirley Hazzard Shirley Hazzard , 2020 selected work short story

'When Shirley Hazzard was invited to give the 1984 Boyer Lectures, it was an astonishing break in tradition. Her twenty-three predecessors included only one woman, Dame Roma Mitchell, a supreme court justice who was later governor of South Australia. Except for architect and writer Robin Boyd, and poet and Bulletin editor Douglas Stewart, Hazzard was the only creative artist on the list. All her predecessors were well known for their public contributions to Australian life.' (Introduction)

Her Wider World Geordie Williamson , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , December no. 173 2020; (p. 70-72)

— Review of The Collected Stories of Shirley Hazzard Shirley Hazzard , 2020 selected work short story
An Intimacy with Truth Robert Pogue Harrison , 2021 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , March 2021;

— Review of The Collected Stories of Shirley Hazzard Shirley Hazzard , 2020 selected work short story

'The only time I heard Shirley Hazzard use the word ‘hate’ during the thirteen years I knew her was one night in Rome when I walked her back to the Hassler Hotel after a dinner at Otello on Via della Croce. (For half a century, both with and without her husband Francis Steegmuller, she stayed in the same room at the Hassler Hotel whenever she was in Rome, and only occasionally did she and I ever dine at a restaurant other than Otello when we got together in Rome). I mentioned something about a place that had changed. She stopped in her tracks, put her hand on my arm, and declared: ‘I hate change.’' (Introduction)

United Nations and Other Fictions Desmond O'Grady , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: Quadrant , April vol. 64 no. 4 2021; (p. 87-88)

— Review of The Collected Stories of Shirley Hazzard Shirley Hazzard , 2020 selected work short story
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