About the Cover
Our cover design by Nanette Black features Paris1949, a photograph of an early morning walk along the Seinein Paris by Christer Strömholm. Strömholm frequently walkedthis route, crossing the river from his home at the Left Bank onhis way to the cafés at Rue de Rivoli on the Right Bank,where he used to take his breakfast. This is the sixth and finalin a series of photographs by Strömholm to grace the coverof The Kenyon Review. Strömholm, a leading Swedishphotographer, died in 2002.
Teachers have always been among our best and mostfaithful readers. Not only do they care passionately about whatis new and exciting in the literary world, many of them carry thispassion—and this magazine—into their classrooms. Thechallenge for them, of course, is that preparing fresh discussionsof new stories or essays or poems that arrive with every issue isa burden. Whatever their personal delight in making new discoveries,teachers understandably want something more permanent on which toplan their courses from year to year.With that in mind, a few years ago (I visit classroomsas often as possible and work with teachers to make KRuseful to them) I began to develop the notion of a Kenyon ReviewReader, a selection of material that would give pleasure togeneral readers and provide a text to complement regular issuesof KR in classrooms across the country. Originally theidea was that this compendium would also mark the sixtieth anniversaryof The Kenyon Review. But as I’ve found over theyears, such ideas tend to move more slowly to fruition than onemight wish. So here we are some sixty-four years from John CroweRansom’s first issue—and I believe the wait and efforthave been well worth it.
I am delighted to announce The Kenyon ReviewReader, to appear in Fall 2003 from Sourcebooks, Inc.This extraordinary volume will feature writerswho have shaped the literary landscape for decades. Stories by FlanneryO’Connor, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Thomas Pynchon, just toname a few. Poems by Robert Lowell, Marianne Moore, Dylan Thomas,Eavan Boland. Essays by W. H. Auden, Lewis Hyde, and Mr. Ransomtoo. In her introduction Joyce Carol Oates calls this a “splendidlymultifarious” collection and “a remarkable gatheringof twentieth-century riches.” I believe you’ll findthat claim no exaggeration.This will be the first of three volumes from TheKenyon Review to appear over the next few years in collaborationwith Sourcebooks. They are a dynamic and quickly growing publisher(visitwww.Sourcebooks.com), and we are excited by the prospect of producing superb new bookswith them.But let me return where I began: teachers. I believethat The Kenyon Review Reader will provide them a mix ofclassic literature, along with some of the most exciting voicesof this generation. Their students will come to understand thatgreat writing doesn’t belong to a golden age lying ungraspablybeyond the horizon. The relevance of stories and poems written inmore recent years and months will smack them with power and immediacy.—David H. Lynn