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    Beate Wheeler,Spencer Holst
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    Station Hill Pr (November 1, 1993)
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    295 pages
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A legendary storyteller and writer who charmed New York audiences for decades, Spencer Holst evolved his oeuvre in. .

A legendary storyteller and writer who charmed New York audiences for decades, Spencer Holst evolved his oeuvre in the 1950s -'60s milieu of Greenwich Village. He was also a painter and married a painter Beate Whealer.

Spencer Holst (1926–2001) was an American writer and storyteller

Spencer Holst (1926–2001) was an American writer and storyteller. Though he published several collections of stories, as well as volumes of translations, Holst was known primarily for the captivating live performances of his work that he regularly conducted, particularly in the New York City area, in a distinctive mellifluous, rhythmically cadenced voice. In his heyday he was often heard on the radio on New York's listener-sponsored radio station, WBAI.

Published September 1997 by Barrytown Limited.

Complete summary of Spencer Holst's The Zebra Storyteller . eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Zebra Storyteller. Spencer Holst is one of those rare and special writers, like Jorge Luis Borges, who, for better or worse, deserves the title a writer’s writer. In this collection, which Holst says contains every story he has ever written, we discover that Sherlock Holmes was really a cat and that Mrs. Claus has taken over the role formerly held by her husband and has done a much better job of it.

One day the storyteller of the zebras was ambling, and through his mind ran plots for stories to amuse the other zebras, when suddenly his eyes .

He took a good look at the cat, and he didn’t know why, but there was.

The Zebra Storyteller: Collected Storied. 49449/?tag prabook0b-20. The typical Holst story might be a gentle but twisted fable, such as the tale of a frog who, having become addicted to morphine during a laboratory experiment, was rejected by the woman whose kiss transformed him back into a prince because he was, after all, only a junkie. Holst also wrote a number of paragraph-length prose pieces, which distilled a brief scene or anecdote into a glimmering, evanescent koan. Spencer Holst Stories. Spencer Holst Stories Hardcover).

Spencer Holst has a style reminiscent of some of the classical philosophers and storytellers - Plato, Aristotle and Aesop all come to mind as I read these stories. Holst is incredibly concise. He consistently conveys his message in two pages or less, each time with dry, and often sarcastic, humor. He has the rare ability to make every word count. In "The Zebra Storyteller", Holst sums up, in a page and a half, the therapeutic role of fiction in individual lives and society. Aristotle expressed the same idea in one or two of his treastises

Collects nearly all of the author's short stories, many of them published for the first time, and includes "The Typewriter Repairman," "The Adventure of the Giant Rat of Sumatra," "The Language of Cats," and "The Frog"

I first read Spencer Holst in translation and found his stories very charming, funny, and sometimes bittersweet. This book collects virtually everything he ever wrote (save for a couple pieces written in his youth, the author tells us in a note at the beginning), and reading the volume makes it clear Holst was a master storyteller. His fiction is whimsical, ingenious, funny, and sometimes packed with a sardonic cruelty towards its characters (see "The Blond Bat" and "Tom-Tom".)

The paperback binding is indeed rather lackluster... I bought my copy about two months ago and the glue is already cracking, and the book is starting to split halfway. Might need to have it rebinded in the near future. That's why I'm rating this book (that is, this particular edition) only four stars. But content wise, this collection is simply fantastic.
This is one of the most interesting short story telling books I have read. For those who like reading, this is a book that should not be missed. Not only the way of writing and the length of the stories are perfect, the different themes and styles are outstanding.
Book is great fun to read alone or aloud. Not too fond of the paper binding but the content was great.
Book's spine broke as soon as I opened the first page and started falling apart immediately, losing pages. Great book, but in terrible condition.