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American Short Story Masterpieces

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Edition:
Revised
ISBN13:

9780440204237

ISBN10:
0440204232
Format:
Trade Book
Pub. Date:
4/2/1989
Publisher(s):
Dell
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Summary

This highly Acclaimed collection of short stories by American writers contains only the best literary art of the past four decades. With a bias toward realism editors Raymond Carver and Tom Jenks have selected fiction that "tells a story"and tells it with a masterful handling of language, situation, and insight. But what is so special about this volume is that it mirrors our age, our concerns, and our lives. Whether it's the end of a marriage, as in Bobbie Ann Manson's "Shiloh," or the struggle with self-esteem and weight in Andre Dubus's"The Fat Girl,"the 36 works included her probe issues that give us that "shock of recognition" that is the hallmark of great artwonderful, absorbing fiction that will be read and reread for decades to come.

Author Biography

Raymond Carver was born in Clatskanie, Oregon, in 1938. His first collection of stories, Will You Please Be Quiet, Please (a National Book Award nominee in 1977), was followed by What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, Cathedral (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1984), and Where I'm Calling From in 1988, when he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He died in August of that year, shortly after completing the poems of A New Path to the Waterfall.

Table of Contents

Chronological Table of Contents xi
Introduction xiii
Sonny's Blues
1(32)
James Baldwin
Weekend
33(16)
Ann Beattie
The Bystander
49(7)
Gina Berriault
The Amish Farmer
56(15)
Vance Bourjaily
1/3, 1/3, 1/3
71(4)
Richard Brautigan
Verona: A Young Woman Speaks
75(7)
Harold Brodkey
Talk of Heroes
82(19)
Carol Bly
Fever
101(22)
Raymond Carver
The Fisherman From Chihuahua
123(9)
Evan S. Connell
Midair
132(18)
Frank Conroy
Willi
150(8)
E. L. Doctorow
The Fat Girl
158(15)
Andre Dubus
A Poetics for Bullies
173(17)
Stanley Elkin
Rock Springs
190(21)
Richard Ford
The Lover of Horses
211(12)
Tess Gallagher
Redemption
223(14)
John Gardner
Dream Children
237(13)
Gail Godwin
The Ledge
250(17)
Lawrence Sargent Hall
Water Liars
267(4)
Barry Hannah
Letters from the Samantha
271(11)
Mark Helprin
Ile Forest
282(13)
Ursula K. Le Guin
The Magic Barrel
295(16)
Bernard Malamud
Shiloh
311(15)
Bobbie Ann Mason
The Story of a Scar
326(13)
James Alan McPherson
Murderers
339(4)
Leonard Michaels
The Misfits
343(18)
Arthur Miller
Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?
361(17)
Joyce Carol Oates
A Good Man is Hard to Find
378(15)
Flannery O'Connor
The Used-Boy Raisers
393(6)
Grace Paley
The Heavenly Animal
399(15)
Jayne Anne Phillips
Walking Out
414(26)
David Quammen
The Conversion of the Jews
440(15)
Philip Roth
Akhnilo
455(6)
James Salter
The Christian Roommates
461(25)
John Updike
The Wedding
486(9)
Joy Williams
The Liar
495
Tobias Wolff


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