"The tales show [Moore's] belief that a slight event may have large consequences. . . . The editors know Moore's work well and put that knowledge to work effectively. A good acquisition."—Choice
"Sudden endings, ironic twists, odd coincidences, and small incidents that attain great significance are the ingredients of these 14 sketches . . . some romantic, some nostalgic, more leaning towards psychological terror/horror."—Library Journal
"[Moore] displays a remarkable insight into the subtleties of married life; a surprising gift for portraying relationships between parents and children; an empathy with the struggles of women; an understanding of what it means to exist without money or expectations; and a tender sympathy for the unreachable yearnings of those who hardly dare to ask for emotional fulfillment. . . . An excellent edition which deserves a wide reading."—Irish Literary Supplement
Honored in England and Ireland as the founder of realistic fiction, George Moore was a prolific short story writer whose heirs are James Joyce, Frank O’Connor, and Sean O’Faolain.
In Minor Keys brings together the best of the stories Moore did not re-publish in books. He reveals nuances of human relations and handles ironies elegantly in these fourteen stories.
The introduction discusses sources and possible influences on the histories of the stories and assesses the stories, their context, and their writer.
David B. Eakin is professor of English at Auburn University, Alabama, and editor of English Literature in Transition.
Helmut E. Gerber was a major authority on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literature.
Series: Irish Studies
5.25 x 8.25, 232 pages