New Writers of the Purple Sage

NewwritersofthepurplesageNew Writers of the Purple Sage, edited by Russell Martin

This anthology of “Contemporary Western Writing,” consisting of short stories, excerpts from novels, and essays, contains some good work, but I don’t like to read pieces of novels which, if they are novels I have already read, is repetitive, and if I haven’t, well, I’d rather read the whole novel.

The anthology starts with a poem by David Lee, who wrote some wonderful poems about pig farming, and has some other great pieces of writing, but the book as a whole doesn’t leave me with much. Although containing work by authors such as  Ron Carlson, Barbara Kingsolver. Thomas McGuane, and James Welch,  it is still a limited compilation of regional literatures.

And I always thought it a bit egoistic to edit an anthology and include your own work, as Russell Martin does here.

Grade: C-


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