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The Temptation of Jack Orkney
Collected Stories Volume Two

Year First Published: 1978
First Published by:Jonathan Cape Ltd
Category:Short Stories
This Edition:British First Edition

From the book jacket:

After the publication of her first book of stories, This Was The Old Chief's Country, which had exclusively African settings, much of Doris Lessing's fiction shifted to more cosmopolitan backgrounds - to France, Germany and primarily to England - where she gave expression to the ideological, political and sexual dilemmas of our society.

This superb collection, in two volumes, shows the full range of Doris Lessing's formidable capacities and will stand beside the two volumes of her Collected African Stories as a classic. It presents a study of humanity that is illuminating, always satisfying, often from angles from which we have never before dared to view it.

Not to be confused with the American book with the same title, which was an earlier collection of stories that corresponded with the British: The Story of a Non-Marrying Man. This volume, along with To Room Nineteen: Collected Stories, Volume One, was published the same year as the American Edition, Stories, which was the complete collection in one volume. The story "Out of the Fountain" does not appear in the American edition of the collected stories. However, it contains a story called "The Witness" which is not included in the British edition.
'Mrs Fortesque' was first published in Winter's Tales No. 9, Macmillian; 'Side Benefits of an Honourable Procession' in Partisan Review; 'Out of the Fountain' in Welcome Aboard; 'Not a Very Nice Story' in Ms; 'Our Friend Judith', 'Each Other', 'Homage for Isaac Babel', 'Outside the Ministry', 'Dialogue' and 'Notes for a Case History' in A Man and Two Women and 'An Uposted Love Letter', 'A Year in Regent's Park', 'An Old Woman and Her Cat', 'Lions, Leaves, Roses...', 'Report on the Threatened City', 'The Other Garden' and 'The Temptation of Jack Orkney' appeared in The Story of a Non-Marrying Man.
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Included in this Edition:

Our Friend Judith
Each Other
Homage for Isaac Babel
Outside the Ministry
Notes for a Case History
Out of the Fountain (does not appear in the American collection)
An Unposted Love Letter
A Year in Regent's Park
Mrs. Fortescue
Side Benefits of an Honourable Profession
An Old Woman and Her Cat
Lions, Leaves, Roses...
Report on the Threatened City
Not a Very Nice Story
The Other Garden
The Temptation of Jack Orkney