Mark Helprin Essay - Mark Helprin Short Fiction Analysis

Mark Helprin Short Fiction Analysis

Mark Helprin is an author whose imaginative resources seem inexhaustible. His prose has economy, grace, and a rich yet accessible metaphorical texture, qualities that combine to make his stories eminently readable. Helprin writes of an astonishing range of times, places, and characters in stories that often move from realistic narrative to fable. Yet his fiction is unified by what William J. Scheick has called Helprin’s “fascination with the human spirit’s impulse for transcendence.” Helprin himself once remarked, “I write only for one reason—and that’s a religious one. Everything I write is keyed and can be understood as devotional literature.” At their best, his stories disclose a world of values that does not...

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