Old Man at the Railroad Crossing

 The Old Man at the Railroad Crossing and Other Tales by William Maxwell

Selected and Introduced by Aimee Bender

ISBN: 9781940436326
5.5” x 8.25”, $16.00
Paperback, 192 pages

Unique among William Maxwell’s celebrated books, the twenty-nine tales of this adroit collection have a timelessness that marries them to the ancient oral tradition of Aesop and the Brothers Grimm.  While modern enough in locale and context, they are as old as humanity itself in what concerns them.  And always that voice, the age old voice of the storyteller, the eternal magic of the speaking human voice.  Such simplicity takes true artistry and Maxwell has that in spades.

“For me, a lover of tales of all kinds, and a devoted follower of Maxwell’s fiction, there is a soaring joy in hearing such a well-read and well-established writer and editor embracing this most simple and direct form of storytelling, and knowing powerfully the keys found in those four words . . .Once upon a time.”                                                                       —from the Introduction by Aimee Bender

“William Maxwell’s tales have the elusive ability to reveal us to ourselves, taking us beyond the frozen moment of perfection and guiding us gently into the wonder of uncertainty” — Erica Wagner

“[These tales] blend . . . the quality of classic fables with the form of fairy tales. They combine the traditions of Aesop and the Brothers Grimm and are faithful to both . . . [Mr. Maxwell’s] morals and proverbs are always original, frequently funny . . . often ironic and profound.”                  —The New York Times Book Review

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