Other literary forms
In his memoir Ancestors (1971), William Maxwell provides a history of his family, tracing his ancestry on both his mother’s and father’s sides to American pioneers and presenting much of the autobiographical material that is reflected in his fiction. In addition to his novels, Maxwell is well known for his short stories and for the reviews he wrote during his long career (1936-1976) on the editorial staff of The New Yorker. Some of his stories have been collected in The Old Man at the Railroad Crossing, and Other Tales (1966), Over by the River, and Other Stories (1977), and All the Days and Nights: The Collected Stories of William Maxwell (1995). He also wrote two works for children: The Heavenly Tenants (1946) and Mrs. Donald’s Dog Bun and His Home Away from Home (1995).