Short stories by William Goyen

Charles William Goyen (April 24, 1915 – August 30, 1983) was an American novelistshort story writerplaywrightpoeteditor, and teacher. Born in a small town in East Texas, these roots would influence his work for his entire life. In World War II he served as an officer aboard an aircraft carrier in the South Pacific, where he began work on one of his most important and critically acclaimed books, The House of Breath. After the war and through the 1950s, he published short stories, collections of stories, other novels, and plays. He never achieved commercial success in America, but his translated work was highly regarded in Europe. During his life he could not completely support himself through his writing, so at various times he took work as an editor and teacher at several prominent universities. At one point he did not write fiction for several years, calling it a "relief" to not have to worry about his writing. Major themes in his work include home and family, place, time, sexuality, isolation, and memory. His style of writing is not easily categorized, and he eschewed labels of genre placed on his works. In 1963, he married Doris Roberts, the actress perhaps best known for her work in Everybody Loves Raymond; they remained together until his death in 1983.

Listing 3 stories.

Feeling unloved by her sisters, a woman elopes to Houston only for her marriage to swiftly fall apart and her cat to abandon her. However, an unexpected development allows her to reconcile with her sisters and finally be at peace.

A small town devolves into fear and confusion as a man sits atop a flagpole for forty days straight with no food or explanation.

An old woman recalls the younger siblings she has raised under her selfless Christian beliefs and actions. Despite her good deeds, she has been stricken with an illness and a lonely life and faces reality.