Books: Surrogate Shaw

VOICES OF A SUMMER DAY by Irwin Shaw. 223 pages. Delacorte. $4.95.

What ever became of Irwin Shaw? Anyone who read fiction 20 years ago knows why the question is important; during the '40s Shaw wrote a large body of short stories good enough to be mentioned with those of Fitzgerald and Hemingway. They were brief, stinging fragments, told in a voice wholly Shaw's own. They were not, most of them, about joy, but they seemed to have been written with joy; this was writing done wonderfully well for no more complicated reason than that...

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