The Wife of Martin Guerre

Janet Lewis (Author)
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Description

The Wife of Martin Guerre-based on a notorious trial in sixteenth-century France-is "one of the most significant short novels in English" (Atlantic Monthly). Originally published in 1941, it still raises questions about identity, belonging, and about an individual's capacity to act within an inflexible system.

Product Details

Price
$14.34
Publisher
Swallow Press
Publish Date
July 15, 2013
Pages
116
Dimensions
5.34 X 0.29 X 7.98 inches | 0.33 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780804011433
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About the Author

Janet Lewis was a novelist, poet, and short-story writer whose literary career spanned almost the entire twentieth century. The New York Times has praised her novels as "some of the 20th century's most vividly imagined and finely wrought literature." Born and educated in Chicago, she lived in California for most of her adult life and taught at both Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley. Her works include The Wife of Martin Guerre (1941), The Trial of Sören Qvist (1947), The Ghost of Monsieur Scarron (1959), Good-Bye, Son and Other Stories (1946), and Poems Old and New (1982).

Reviews

"Lewis wrote her vibrant novella in 1941 as the first in her Cases of Circumstantial Evidence trilogy, which Swallow Press has brought back into print. The mystery here is not Martin's identity, but why Janet Lewis remains obscure."--NewPages
"Flaubertian in the elegance of its form and the gravity of its style."--The New Yorker
"Ohio University Press/Swallow Press is reissuing all three novels in Lewis's Cases of Circumstantial Evidence series in new editions with fancy new covers. They're gorgeous."--The Book Haven
"One of (the short novel's) most perfect examples is Janet Lewis's The Wife of Martin Guerre."--Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
"Janet Lewis brings the haunting qualities of fable to this novella, based on a legal case that attracted wide attention in 16th-century France and has continued to fascinate down through the years."

-- Ron Hansen, The Wall Street Journal
"One of the most significant short novels in English."

-- Atlantic Monthly