Collected Fiction of Michael Martone
Michael Martone
Distribution: World
Publication date: 02/28/2007
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-21890-2
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Author Michael Martone is the national winner of the 2013 Indiana Authors Award

In this one volume, readers have access to the two decades of Hoosier mythology created by Michael Martone, one of Indiana’s most recognized voices. This book collects work from Martone’s first five books: Alive and Dead in Indiana, Safety Patrol, Fort Wayne Is Seventh on Hitler’s List (IUP, 1990, 1992), Pensées: The Thoughts of Dan Quayle, and Seeing Eye. Virtually all of the stories in this "double-wide" collection speak to the Hoosier experience and imagination. Places like Martone’s hometown of Fort Wayne, as well as Peru, Elkhart, and Indianapolis, and narrators such as Colonel Sanders, Alfred Kinsey, and James Dean’s high school English teacher all come to life with the author’s trademark blend of irreverent humor and incisive reality.

Author Bio

Michael Martone is Professor of English at the University of Alabama–Tuscaloosa. He is the author of seven works of fiction, including The Blue Guide to Indiana and Michael Martone, two collections of fiction, The Flatness and Other Landscapes and Unconventions: Attempting the Art of Craft and the Craft of Art, and six edited volumes. He lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.


“Michael Martone’s short fiction combines remarkable originality with a keen eye, deadpan humor, and an amused, massively knowledgeable obsession with his native Indiana. What a pleasure, to have these sparklers from all over the American scene collected in one volume!”
 — John Barth

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


1. From Alive and Dead in Indiana
Everybody Watching and the Time Passing Like That
Alfred Kinsey, Along After and Interview, Dreams of Indiana
Whistler's Father
Dear John,
The Greek Letter in the Bed
Schliemann in Indianapolis

2. From Safety Patrol
King of Safety
The Third Day of Trials
Watch Out
An Accident
A Short, Short Story Complete on These Two Pages
March of Dimes
The Safety Patrol

3. From Fort Wayne Is Seventh on Hitler's List
Fort Wayne Is Seventh on Hitler's List
Three Postcards from Indiana

4. From Seeing Eye
The Mayor of the Sister City Talks to the Chamber of
Commerce in Klamath Falls, Oregon
Dish Night
What I See
The Teakwood Deck of the USS Indiana
Three Tales of the Sister City
The War That Never Ends
Chatty Cathy Falls into the Wrong Hands
The War of Northern Aggression
Elkhart, There, at the End of the World
Blue Hair
It's Time
Seeing Eye
Outside Peru
Turning the Constellation

5. From Pensees: The Thoughts of Dan Quayle
On the Highway of Vice Presidents
On the State of the Union
On the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
On Late-Night TV
On Anesthesia
On Barbie
On Hoosier Hysteria
On 911
On Quaylito
On The Little Prince
On The Planet of the Apes
On Snipe Hunting

6.Uncollected Fiction
Borges in Indiana

7. Two More Things to Do When in Indiana
The World Headquarters of World Headquarteres
The Thirty-Year Salad Bar War

Three Contributor's Notes and a Review of Michael Martone
Contributor's Note
Contributor's Note
Contributor's Note