Dancing Girls (short story collection)

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First edition cover

Dancing Girls is a collection of short stories by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, originally published in 1977 by McClelland & Stewart,[1] Toronto. It was the winner of the St. Lawrence Award for Fiction and the award of The Periodical Distributors of Canada for Short Fiction.

The collection’s fourteen stories feature ordinary people, including a farmer, a birdwatcher, an author, a mother and a travel agent, and their inevitably biased perceptions of the world.[2]

Stories[edit]

Editions based on the original 1977 McClelland & Stewart edition contain the following fourteen stories:

  • "The War in the Bathroom"
  • "The Man from Mars"
  • "Polarities"
  • "Under Glass"
  • "The Grave of the Famous Poet"
  • "Rape Fantasies"
  • "Hair Jewellery"
  • "When it Happens"
  • "A Travel Piece"
  • "The Resplendent Quetzal"
  • "Training"
  • "Lives of the Poets"
  • "Dancing Girls"
  • "Giving Birth"

Editions based on the revised Simon & Schuster 1982 edition contain the following fourteen stories:

  • "The Man from Mars"
  • "Betty"
  • "Polarities"
  • "Under Glass"
  • "The Grave of the Famous Poet"
  • "Hair Jewellery"
  • "When it Happens"
  • "A Travel Piece"
  • "The Resplendent Quetzal"
  • "Training"
  • "Lives of the Poets"
  • "Dancing Girls"
  • "The Sin Eater"
  • "Giving Birth"

This effectively swaps "The War in the Bathroom" and "Rape Fantasies" for "Betty" and "The Sin Eater".

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.alibris.com/booksearch.detail?invid=9208643573&browse=1&qwork=1463688&qsort=&page=3
  2. ^ Gillies, Marjorie (Jul 25, 1987), "Floundering with Fielding in the shallow water", The Ottawa Citizen, pp. C. 4. BOO