Graham Swift: Learning to Swim and Other Stories

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Learning to Swim and Other Stories, eleven prose pieces published in Britain in 1982 and three years later in America, constitutes Graham Swift’s only story collection. A major contemporary British novelist, Swift is less known for his short fiction since his published stories are fewer than twenty and represent early work (that is, produced between 1976 and 1981). The critical reception of Learning to Swim was mixed: reviews in Britain were more favourable than in America. Still, the eleven stories in this collection are of undeniable merit and relate closely in terms of themes and techniques to this author’s longer fiction. Like Swift’s novels, these stories revolve around families and are concerned with …

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Logotheti, Anastasia. "Learning to Swim and Other Stories". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 August 2004
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