Books: A PARODY SAMPLER

The curtain has just fallen on William Faulkner's Requiem for a Nun (Royal Court). Let us now imagine that there steps from the wings the Stage Manager of Thornton Wilder's Our Town. Pulling on a corncob pipe, he speaks.

S.M.: Well, folks, reckon that's about it. End of another day in the city of Jefferson, Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi. Nothin' much happened. Couple of people got raped, couple more got their teeth kicked in, but way up there those far-away old stars are still doing their old cosmic crisscross, and there ain't a thing we...

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