A Set of Variations

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First edition (US)

A Set of Variations is a 1969 short story collection by Frank O'Connor.[1] It was compiled shortly after the author's death by his widow, Harriet O'Donovan Sheehy, and includes the following stories:

  • A Set of Variations on a Borrowed Theme (alternate title: Variations on a Theme)
  • The American Wife
  • The Impossible Marriage
  • The Cheat
  • The Weeping Children
  • The Saint
  • A Minority
  • An Out-And-Out Free Gift
  • Anchors
  • Sue
  • Music When Soft Voices Die
  • A Life of Your Own
  • The Corkerys
  • A Story By Maupassant
  • A Great Man
  • The School For Wives
  • Androcles and the Army
  • Public Opinion
  • The Party
  • Achilles' Heel
  • Lost Fatherlands
  • The Wreath
  • The Teacher's Mass
  • The Martyr
  • Requiem
  • An Act of Charity
  • The Mass Island

A similar collection was published in the U.K. in 1969 as Collection Three. The stories included were slightly different, and Collection Three featured one story not included in A Set of Variations ("A Mother's Warning").[2]


  1. ^ Frank O’Connor. A Set of Variations. New York: Knopf, 1969.
  2. ^ Frank O’Connor. Collection Three. London: Macmillan, 1969.