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10th-Feb-2010 05:16 pm

Has anyone read The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath? In the book she mentioned reading this story about a fig tree with the Jewish man and the nun or something like that? Does anyone know what story this is and who wrote it?

10th-Feb-2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
I believe that story is titled "The Fugue of the Fig Tree" (by Stanley Sultan) and was published in the The Best American Short Stories 1953. Its original publication, however, was in The Kenyon Review in the summer of '52. If you're interested, you can go to this link to see the titles of each short work published in The Best American Short Stories for each year. (Scroll down a bit to 1953.)

You can read an excerpt of it here, but again, it's only an excerpt.

Hope that helps.
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