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Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis’s Essays Two is forthcoming (FSG, 2021). Her most recent collection of stories is Can’t and Won’t (FSG, 2014). She is also the author of The Collected Stories (FSG, 2009), as well as translations of Proust’s Swann’s Way (Viking Penguin, 2002) and Letters to His Neighbor (New Directions, 2017) and Flaubert’s Madame Bovary (Viking Penguin, 2010), among other works. She was recently awarded the PEN/Faulkner Malamud Prize for Excellence in the Short Story.


How He Changed over Time

September 8, 2020 | Fiction

He used to play the violin, but then, as his fingers thickened and lost some of their agility, he became frustrated by trying to play, and then bored by it. 

Illustration by Kristen Radtke

Four Stories

Winter 2017 | Fiction

In a Hotel Room in Ithaca

April, the housekeeper,

has left a message for me

handwritten in red ink on a piece of paper.

It is lying next to the coffeemaker.