Miss Grief and Other Stories


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Discover the fiction of a writer once deemed America’s “Novelist Laureate.”

Constance Fenimore Woolson (1840-94) was considered one of the best writers of her generation. She depicted with precise realism and great empathy a broad landscape of Americans and their ways, from the people of the rural Midwest and deep South to socially refined ex-pats in Europe. Here, Anne Boyd Rioux, the author of Woolson’s highly praised biography, presents a gathering of Woolson’s most accomplished stories.


Woolson’s strong characters, indelible settings, and concerns with passion, creativity, and the demands of society are timeless. Whether portraying the keeper of a Union soldiers’ cemetery in the defeated South, a woman writer whose genius goes unrecognized, or ex-pats romancing in Florence, Woolson wrote with  “a remarkable minuteness of observation and tenderness of feeling,” in the words of her friend and fellow author Henry James.

Colm Tóibín’s illuminating foreword celebrates Woolson’s perceptive mind, aptitude for vivid description, and narrative intensity, establishing her as a writer whose work speaks to us today.

Anne Boyd Rioux is the author of Constance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Novelist. Colm Tóibín is the winner of the IMPAC Dublin Prize and a bestselling novelist. He is the author of The Master, which portrays Henry James’s friendship with Woolson.

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