- Seager, Allan
This Town and Salamanca
McSweeney's, New York, 2001, Illustrated Wraps, , , Fine
iv, 29 pp. A separately bound book from McSweeney's 7. Illustrated on cover by photograph of Seager. With an introduction by John Warner and tributes to Allan Seager by Joan Fry and Steven Connelly. Seager's second published story, originally published in Best American Short Stories, 1935. 'John got a roll of canvas, a reel of packthread, a leather palm-guard and a needle and went down into the hold. He rigged up an electric light in a wire cage and swung it from a hook over his head. The eighteen lay there in a row. They were quite stiff and, when the ship rolled, sometimes an arm would come up and pause until the ship rolled back. But they were in the shadow and he did not watch them much because the sewing was hard work, about an hour to each one. He jabbed his finger with the needle three or four times and that made it harder. When he got one ready, he would put it over his shoulder and stagger up the companionway to the deck. / High above him beside the funnel, to escape the risk of infection, stood an Anglican parson, one of the passengers. He had an open prayer book and said the service very quickly, the leaves fluttering in the wind. Then John would pick up the corpse again and have it over the side.'