Goyen's last collection of short stories including the title story, "Had I A Hundred Mouths," which won an O.Henry Prize. It includes older stories as well as some of his more recent efforts since his last story collection was published.
''The extraordinary cadences of the language exert a hypnotic power that the events of the fiction roughly dispel,'' Joyce Carol Oates
William Goyen (1915-1983) was one of America's most innovative writers of fiction. Born in a small town in East Texas, his roots and early years stuck with him through his writing. He served on an aircraft carrier in the South Pacific during WWII where he began the writing of his debut novel, The House of Breath. He published five novels, four story collections, five plays, two works of non-fiction and a collection of poetry.