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From: "cilluff1@optonline.net" 
Subject: Re: (urth) Uther Uthers
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2003 17:00:55 -0400

I agree completely=2E  His short stories are well written but nothing
special, reminding me of the old saw about competence versus talent=2E  Wh=
is odd, because his longer work is so creative=2E  But in fairness I've on=
read one short story collection by Wolfe and it wasn't the much ballyhooed=


Original Message:
From: Timothy Reilly treilly@ozemail=2Ecom=2Eau
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2003 09:37:55 +1000
To: urth@urth=2Enet
Subject: Re: (urth) Uther Uthers

alga wrote:

>And I don't think Wolfe is a very good short story >writer, by and large=2E=

Some of his fables are marvelous in >-Just-So- kind of way, and a few of t=
longer stories, >novellas really, are very good=2E But if you're pinching
>pennies, skipping a Wolfe collection is not unwise=2E

I entirely agree, and am surprised I can't recall this point having been
made before on this list=2E  Wolfe obviously likes writing short stories, =
I don't think he's particularly good at it=2E  And it's not because I don'=
like short stories - I think Chekhov is marvellous=2E  But I can't think o=
f a
single Wolfe short story that is truly impressive (except perhaps the
Detective of Dreams, but even then=2E=2E=2E)=2E  His novellas and novels a=
re a
different matter of course!


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