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You've Got to Read This: Contemporary American Writers Introduce Stories… (1994)

by Ron Hansen (Editor), Jim Shepard (Editor)

Other authors: James Agee (Contributor), Julia Alvarez (Introduction), Isaac Babel (Contributor), James Baldwin (Contributor), Russell Banks (Introduction)64 more, Donald Barthelme (Contributor), Charles Baxter (Introduction), Jorge Luis Borges (Contributor), Jane Bowles (Contributor), Paul Bowles (Contributor), T. Coraghessan Boyle (Introduction), Mary Caponegro (Contributor), Angela Carter (Contributor), Raymond Carver (Contributor), John Cheever (Contributor), Anton Chekhov (Contributor), Robert Coover (Introduction), Charles Dickens (Contributor), Annie Dillard (Introduction), Deborah Eisenberg (Introduction), Louise Erdrich (Introduction), Molly Giles (Contributor), Mary Gordon (Introduction), Allan Gurganus (Introduction), Lars Gustafsson (Contributor), John Hawkes (Introduction), Amy Hempel (Introduction), Oscar Hijuelos (Introduction), John Irving (Introduction), Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (Contributor), Edward P. Jones (Introduction), James Joyce (Contributor), Franz Kafka (Contributor), Janet Kauffman (Introduction), Jamaica Kincaid (Contributor), John L'Heureux (Introduction), David Leavitt (Introduction), Clarice Lispector (Contributor), Katherine Mansfield (Contributor), Bobbie Ann Mason (Introduction), Kenneth A. McClane (Introduction), Sue Miller (Introduction), Lorrie Moore (Introduction), Alice Munro (Contributor), Vladimir Nabokov (Contributor), Tim O'Brien (Introduction), Tim O'Brien (Contributor), Flannery O'Connor (Contributor), Joyce Carol Oates (Introduction), Tillie Olsen (Contributor), Louis Owens (Introduction), Grace Paley (Contributor), Francine Prose (Introduction), Delmore Schwartz (Contributor), Jim Shepard (Introduction), Leslie Marmon Silko (Contributor), Jane Smiley (Introduction), Robert Stone (Contributor), Amy Tan (Introduction), Leo Tolstoy (Contributor), John Updike (Contributor), Stephanie Vaughn (Introduction), Alice Walker (Contributor), Eudora Welty (Contributor), Eudora Welty (Introduction), Joy Williams (Introduction), Jerome Wilson (Contributor), Tobias Wolff (Introduction), Al Young (Introduction)

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  lulaa | Dec 27, 2013 |
If you love, I mean love, you some short stories, then you've got to read this! It's a collection of short stories selected by established writers at the time of this book's printing. It first caught my attention when I learned it was being used as an ad hoc textbook for the undergraduate creative writing students at Iowa University. My thinking was, "Hey, good enough for the Iowa Workshop, good enough for me."

And it was! This collection really speaks to what the short story form is capable of. Perhaps you've read a short story in a recent popular magazine and thought...mmmeeeh, okay, I guess. These aren't those kinds of short stories. You read these and then you put your socks back on. But keep in mind, they're, at times, challenging in theme, structure and vocabulary.

My favorite is Guy de Maupassant by Isaac Babel. This short story epitomizes the absolute frenzy and awkwardness of the libido of a male intellecutal better and in fewer pages than anything I've read. The Aleph is a close second and In the Penal Colony...oh, don't get me started.
2 vote DWallaceFleming | Dec 19, 2011 |
Found on WorldCat while searching for Borges' short story The Aleph.Checked out a library copy and had it just long enough to read the Aleph story - which was amazing. The whole book seems like a really clever idea for an anthology -- well-known contemporary writers select and introduce a short story that influenced them. Oscar Hijuelos introduced The Aleph as the story that made him want to be a writer. There are many other great writers represented in the collection as both selected and selectors. I hope to get my hands on a copy of this book again someday and read many more of the stories.
1 vote esquetee | Nov 22, 2011 |
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Thirty-four of America's most distinguished fiction writers--including Oscar Hijuelos, John Irving, and Joyce Carol Oates--introduce the short stories that inspired them most.

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Thirty-five authors choose their favorite stories and they explain why. From Chekhov's Gooseberries to Mary Caponegro's The Star Cafe.

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