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Ron Rash has often said that the short story is his favorite genre. In an interview with Frédérique Spill, published in JSSE 67, he explains how the mystery behind writing has become an object of fascination: “The story comes, it grows; the writer does not know where it’s going. . . . The way I work, I have no ideas. I’m quite willing to wander, sometimes for pages, not knowing where this is going and how things are going to come together.” Such ideas echo Eudora Welty’s about the importance of the path taken rather than the final destination (see her essay “Is Phoenix Jackson’s Grandson Really Dead?” in The Eye of the Story) and provide a blueprint to read Rash’s fiction. The Appalachia writer also insists on the importance of place in his work and he generally quotes a famous line from Eudora Welty who claims that “one place understood helps us understand all other places better.”

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Gérald Préher

Gérald Préher is Professor of American Studies at Lille Catholic University (France) and a member of the CIRPaLL (University of Angers, France). He defended a doctoral dissertation on southern literature and has written essays on various 19th and 20th century writers. He co-edited several collections of essays on American literature, is the editor of the Journal of the Short Story in English and the general editor of the review Résonances. He recently published a study of Carson McCullers’s The Heart is a Lonely Hunter as part of a book on Solitude and Community in the Novel (Atlande), has a forthcoming monograph on Elizabeth Spencer and a volume dedicated to Richard Ford in the Understanding Contemporary American Literature series.

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Xavier Le Brun

University of Angers, JSSE Associate Editor

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