Other literary forms

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Joseph McElroy’s literary reputation stands on his achievements as a novelist. A number of excerpts from his massive novel Women and Men first appeared in short-story form; the excellence of three of these pieces (“The Future,” “The Message for What It Was Worth,” and “Daughter of the Revolution”) was acknowledged by their selection for the anthologies O. Henry Prize Stories and The Best American Short Stories. In addition, McElroy has published a number of uncollected essays on topics as various as the Apollo 17 launch, the influence on his generation of Vladimir Nabokov’s fiction, and autobiographical aspects of his own work. Between 1971 and 1976 he was also a regular reviewer for The New York Times Book Review. In 2003, McElroy collected some of his most distinguished journalistic pieces—a representative selection of book reviews but also essays on science and technology (an abiding interest in his fiction) as well as his probing analysis of the terrorist attacks on the United States of September 11, 2001—in a volume titled Exponential, released through an Italian publisher.