Jeffty Is Five Criticism

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In 1981, write Laurie Johnston and Robert Thomas Jr. in their article "Notes on People; A Short Story Is Born on Fifth Avenue," Ellison "brought his portable typewriter to the B. Dalton book store on Fifth Avenue and spent the day writing a short story in the front window." Apparently Ellison had done this before, in other bookstores in other cities. Some people thought it was a ploy to grab attention for the release of his collection of short stories Shatterday (1980), in which his story "Jeffty Is Five" was first collected. The New York Times book reporters claim that Ellison denied that this was a publicity stunt, but rather that he just wanted to "take some of the mystery out of what he insists is just 'a piece of work.'" From this public display, one can see that Ellison is not only a writer but also something of...

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