J. F. Powers was highly regarded for his prowess as a short-story writer. “Lions, Harts, Leaping Does” (1943), only his second story to be published, appeared in the O. Henry and Martha Foley anthologies in 1944. His first short-story collection, Prince of Darkness, and Other Stories, was published by Doubleday in 1947. (Random House reissued the collection in 1979.) Doubleday published his second collection of stories, The Presence of Grace, in 1956. In 1963, Time published Lions, Harts, Leaping Does, and Other Stories, a collection culled from Powers’s first two books. His next collection, Look How the Fish Live, was published by Knopf in 1975. Powers’s stories appeared first in magazines such as Accent, Colliers, Commonweal, The Nation, Kenyon Review, Partisan Review, and The New Yorker. Powers also wrote reviews of poetry and fiction, autobiographical pieces, and articles dealing with social issues. His nonfiction, like most of his fiction, is often satiric in tone.