John Banville: Long Lankin

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John Banville, like many other writers of fiction, began his career by writing short stories and submitting them to magazines and journals. Long Lankin (1970), his first book, is partly made up of stories he had worked on over his early years as a young, aspiring writer in the 1960s. Long Lankin is Banville’s only published collection of short stories as he has since moved on to other forms, the novel being the primary focus of his career to date.

Long Lankin was originally published by Secker and Warburg in 1970. This edition of Long Lankin is a hybrid form, somewhere between a novel and a collection of short stories as the ambiguous subtitle “a work of fiction” suggests. The first …
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Boyle, Kevin. "Long Lankin". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 February 2014
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