100 Years of the Best American Short Stories
ISBN: 0547485859
EAN13: 9780547485850
Language: English
Pages: 752
Dimensions: 2.00" H x 9.00" L x 7.00" W
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Book Overview
The Best American Short Storiesis the longest running and best-selling series of short fiction in the country. For the centennial celebration of this beloved annual series, master of the form Lorrie Moore selects forty stories from the more than two thousand that were published in previous editions. Series editor Heidi Pitlor recounts behind-the-scenes anecdotes and examines, decade by decade, the trends captured over a hundred years. Together, the stories and commentary offer an extraordinary guided tour through a century of literature with what Moore calls all its wildnesses of character and voice. These forty stories represent their eras but also stand the test of time. Here is Ernest Hemingway s first published story and a classic by William Faulkner, who admitted in his biographical note that he began to write as an aid to love-making. Nancy Hale s story describes far-reaching echoes of the Holocaust; Tillie Olsen s story expresses the desperation of a single mother; James Baldwin depicts the bonds of brotherhood and music. Here is Raymond Carver s minimalism, a term he disliked, and Grace Paley s secular Yiddishkeit. Here are the varied styles of Donald Barthelme, Charles Baxter, and Jamaica Kincaid. From Junot Diaz to Mary Gaitskill, from ZZ Packer to Sherman Alexie, these writers and stories explore the different things it means to be American. Moore writes that the process of assembling these stories allowed her to look thrillingly not just at literary history but at actual history the cries and chatterings, silences and descriptions of a nation in flux. 100 Years of The Best American Short Storiesis an invaluable testament, a retrospective of our country s ever-changing but continually compelling literary artistry. LORRIE MOORE, after many years as a professor of creative writing at the University of Wisconsin Madison, is now the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. Moore has received honors for her work, among them theIrish TimesInternational Fiction Prize and a Lannan Foundation fellowship, as well as the PEN/Malamud Award and the Rea Award for her achievement in the short story. Her most recent novel, A Gate at the Stairs, was short-listed for the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction and for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and her most recent story collection, Bark, was short-listed for the Story Prize and the Frank O Connor Award. HEIDI PITLOR is a former senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and has been the series editor ofThe Best American Short Storiessince 2007. She is the author of the novelsThe Birthdays and The Daylight Marriage.
Editor Reviews
From the Back Cover EDNA FERBER SHERWOOD ANDERSON ERNEST HEMINGWAY RING LARDNER F. SCOTT FITZGERALD KATHERINE ANNE PORTER WILLIAM FAULKNER NANCY HALE EUDORA WELTY JOHN CHEEVER TILLIE OLSEN JAMES BALDWIN PHILIP ROTH FLANNERY O CONNOR JOHN UPDIKE RAYMOND CARVER JOYCE CAROL OATES DONALD BARTHELME STANLEY ELKIN GRACE PALEY CHARLES BAXTER MONA SIMPSON RICHARD FORD ROBERT STONE DAVID WONG LOUIE ALICE MUNRO MARY GAITSKILL JAMAICA KINCAID AKHIL SHARMA JUNOT DIAZ JHUMPA LAHIRI ZZ PACKER SHERMAN ALEXIE EDWARD P. JONES BENJAMIN PERCY TOBIAS WOLFF NATHAN ENGLANDER JULIE OTSUKA GEORGE SAUNDERS LAUREN GROFF
From the front Cover The Best American Short Stories is the longest running and best-selling series of short fiction in the country. For the centennial celebration of this beloved annual series, master of the form Lorrie Moore selects forty stories from the more than two thousand that were published in previous editions. Series editor Heidi Pitlor recounts behind-the-scenes anecdotes and examines, decade by decade, the trends captured over a hundred years. Together, the stories and commentary offer an extraordinary guided tour through a century of literature with what Moore calls all its wildnesses of character and voice. These forty stories represent their eras but also stand the test of time. Here is Ernest Hemingway s first published story and a classic by William Faulkner, who admitted in his biographical note that he began to write as an aid to love-making. Nancy Hale s story describes far-reaching echoes of the Holocaust; Tillie Olsen s story expresses the desperation of a single mother; James Baldwin depicts the bonds of brotherhood and music. Here is Raymond Carver s minimalism, a term he disliked, and Grace Paley s secular Yiddishkeit. Here are the varied styles of Donald Barthelme, Charles Baxter, and Jamaica Kincaid. From Junot Diaz to Mary Gaitskill, from ZZ Packer to Sherman Alexie, these writers and stories explore the different things it means to be American. Moore writes that the process of assembling these stories allowed her to look thrillingly not just at literary history but at actual history the cries and chatterings, silences and descriptions of a nation in flux. 100 Years of The Best American Short Stories is an invaluable testament, a retrospective of our country s ever-changing but continually compelling literary artistry.

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