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  • The Paris Review is one of the few truly essential literary magazines of the twentieth century – and now of the twenty-first.

    Margaret Atwood
  • Aspiring writers should read the entire canon of literature that precedes them, back to the Greeks, up to the current issue of The Paris Review

    William Kennedy
  • [A]lways fascinating… Short stories are a vital training ground for new novelists and a chance for established ones to experiment. Our literary culture would be so much poorer without them.

  • This eye-bleedingly handsome hardback collects some of the very best of the best, as 20 contemporary writers rummage around in the Review’s hallowed annals and select and introduce one favourite story each…The masterclass act is a simple format but works wonders, making this handsome brown brick really as important and valuable as it feels. If you care about short stories this thing has about a degree’s worth of lessons in it. It’s the hot highbrow present for Christmas 2012.

    Dazed & Confused
  • Object Lessons is a pocket sized masterclass for aspiring writers… [the introductions] send the reader back to the chosen story with fresh eyes. Some pinpoint significant details easily overlooked… Others find a way of summing up a story’s entire impact.

    George Hull, Times Literary Supplement

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