Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Doctor Stories
William Carlos Williams


The Doctor Stories collects thirteen of Williams’s stories (direct accounts of his experiences as a doctor), six related poems, and a chapter from his autobiography that connects the world of medicine and writing, as well as a new preface by Atul Gawande, an introduction by Robert Coles (who put the book together), and a final note by Williams’s son (also a doctor), about his famous father. The writings are remarkably direct and freshly true. As Atul Gawande notes, “Reading these tales, you find yourself in a conversation with Williams about who people really are – who you really are. Williams recognized that, caring for the people of his city, he had a front row seat to the human condition. His writing makes us see it and hear it and grapple with it in all its complexities. That is his lasting gift.”

Paperback, 160pp
New Directions, 2018
ISBN 9780811228176