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Comments Robert Anthony Siegel
"The Right Imaginary Person"
2014 O. Henry Award-winning Author

For me, the O. Henry series is a reminder that good stories don't just disappear: with a little luck they can have multiple lives and reach readers in many different ways over the course of time. I imagine a copy of this year's volume open on a table in the public library fifty years from now and I'm incredibly heartened. Who will find these stories? And how will they be changed by them?

(author photo © Karen E. Bender)

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I'm moving between essays and short stories right now, and also finishing a novel—trusting that that there is a value (and a hidden unity) in pursuing the same sorts of questions through such radically different modes of understanding.

About the Author

I've come to believe that writing is about feeling, and that that is what makes it so hard: the writer must be willing to feel.

About the Author

Born and raised in New York, Robert Anthony Siegel studied Japanese literature at Harvard and the University of Tokyo. In 2013 he was a Fulbright Scholar in Taiwan.

He is the author of two novels, All the Money in the World and All Will Be Revealed. His short work has appeared in Tin House, Ploughshares, The Oxford American, Tablet, The New York Times Draft Column, The Los Angeles Times Online, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Bookforum, and other magazines. Siegel lives in Wilmington, NC.

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