"These stories have the lyric intensity of an Emily Dickinson poem and the scope of a Balzac novel." -- from the judges' citation for the Rea Award for the Short Story
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This collection of four stories, "I Stand Here
Ironing," "Hey Sailor, what Ship?," "O Yes," and "Tell me a
Riddle," had become an American classic. Since the title
novella won the O. Henry Award in 1961, the stories have
been anthologized over a hundred times, made into three
films, translated into thirteen languages, and - most
important - once read, they abide in the hearts of their
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