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Short Story Masterpieces

by Robert Penn Warren, Albert Erskine (Editor)

Other authors: Conrad Aiken (Contributor), Nelson Algren (Contributor), Sherwood Anderson (Contributor), John Cheever (Contributor), John Collier (Contributor)33 more, Joseph Conrad (Contributor), A.E. Coppard (Contributor), Stephen Crane (Contributor), H.L. Davis (Contributor), William Faulkner (Contributor), F. Scott Fitzgerald (Contributor), Ernest Hemingway (Contributor), Henry James (Contributor), James Joyce (Contributor), Ring Lardner (Contributor), D.H. Lawrence (Contributor), Sinclair Lewis (Contributor), Katherine Mansfield (Contributor), W. Somerset Maugham (Contributor), Mary McCarthy (Contributor), Carson McCullers (Contributor), H.H. Munro (Contributor), Frank O'Connor (Contributor), Scott O'Dell, Sean O'Faolain (Contributor), Elizabeth Parsons (Contributor), Katherine Anne Porter (Contributor), J. F. Powers (Contributor), Saki (Contributor), J. D. Salinger, Irwin Shaw (Contributor), Jean Stafford (Contributor), John Steinbeck (Contributor), Elizabeth Taylor (Contributor), Peter Taylor (Contributor), James Thurber (Contributor), Eudora Welty (Contributor), William Carlos Williams (Contributor)

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In 1975 I left home for the first time with a new mechanical engineering degree and moved to a small town in Alabama to work at a nuclear plant that was then under construction. Moving from the big city to a small southern town was a huge culture shock, and I was very lonely. There was a small bookstore on the town square where I went one day and bought this book. The first story I read was Carson McCullers' "The Sojourner." I was already depressed and lonely, and this story shattered me. I put the book away, and in nine months had quit my job and moved back home. It has taken me 36 years to finally finish reading this book. It was worth the wait. These are by-and-large brilliant examples of the form by some of the preeminent writers of the first half of the 20th century. Every story has a quality that recommends it, but I find myself most often telling people about "The Open Window" by H.H. Munro. I think though that F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Winter Dreams" has the most delicious writing. Here is my favorite quote. "He knew the sort of men they were-the men who when he first went to college had entered from the great prep schools with graceful clothes and the deep tan of healthy summers. He had seen that, in one sense, he was better than these men. He was newer and stronger. Yet in acknowledging in himself that he wished his children to be like them he was admitting that he was but the rough, strong stuff from which they eternally sprang." Gives you goosebumps, huh?-David ( )
1 vote Superdave08 | Aug 9, 2012 |
The title does not lie. An excellent collection of short stories. ( )
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Robert Penn Warrenprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Erskine, AlbertEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Aiken, ConradContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Algren, NelsonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Anderson, SherwoodContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cheever, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Collier, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Conrad, JosephContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Coppard, A.E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Crane, StephenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davis, H.L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Faulkner, WilliamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fitzgerald, F. ScottContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hemingway, ErnestContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
James, HenryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Joyce, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lardner, RingContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lawrence, D.H.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lewis, SinclairContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mansfield, KatherineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Maugham, W. SomersetContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McCarthy, MaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McCullers, CarsonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Munro, H.H.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
O'Connor, FrankContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
O'Dell, Scottsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
O'Faolain, SeanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Parsons, ElizabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Porter, Katherine AnneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Powers, J. F.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
SakiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Salinger, J. D.secondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shaw, IrwinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stafford, JeanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Steinbeck, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Taylor, ElizabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Taylor, PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Thurber, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Welty, EudoraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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With works by Henry James, Stephen Crane, John Cheever, James Joyce and many others, this outstanding collection of 35 American and British short pieces of fiction from the first half of the 20th century is one of the bestselling collections of our time.

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