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Robert Kennedy Saved from Drowning Essay

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Richard Henry is an Assistant Professor of English at the State University of New York at Potsdam. In the following essay, he discusses the collage structure of Barthelme' s story "Robert Kennedy Saved from Drowning" and argues that It comments on the fictional nature of Kennedy's image.

"Robert Kennedy Saved from Drowning" consists of twenty-four scenes, or snapshots, of Robert Kennedy, a once powerful political figure. These snapshots are less story-like than they are like the work of Karsh of Ottawa, a famous portrait photographer, who tells us in the ninth scene in the story that in each sitting there is one shot that is "the right one." With this interpretation, the entire story becomes a roll of film, twenty-four exposures, with the hope that one of them is the shot that best captures Kennedy.

Oddly enough, if Karsh of Onawa is correct, that there is only...

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