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First Fiction: An Anthology of the First Published Stories by Famous Writers

by Kathy Kiernan (Editor), Michael M. Moore (Editor)

Other authors: Nelson Algren (Contributor), Margaret Atwood (Contributor), James Baldwin (Contributor), Harold Brodkey (Contributor), Charles Bukowski (Contributor)37 more, Truman Capote (Contributor), Raymond Carver (Contributor), John Cheever (Contributor), William Faulkner (Contributor), F. Scott Fitzgerald (Contributor), E.M. Forster (Contributor), Graham Greene (Contributor), Mark Helprin (Contributor), Ernest Hemingway (Contributor), Chester B Himes (Contributor), Shirley Jackson (Contributor), Ursula K. Le Guin (Contributor), David Leavitt (Contributor), Doris Lessing (Contributor), Norman Mailer (Contributor), Bernard Malamud (Contributor), Mary McCarthy (Contributor), Carson McCullers (Contributor), Henry Miller (Contributor), Alice Munro (Contributor), Flannery O'Connor (Contributor), Joyce Carol Oates (Contributor), Grace Paley (Contributor), Dorothy Parker (Contributor), Philip Roth (Contributor), William Saroyan (Contributor), Irwin Shaw (Contributor), Isaac Bashevis Singer (Contributor), Jane Smiley (Contributor), Jane Smiley (Introduction), Muriel Spark (Contributor), Jim Thompson (Contributor), John Updike (Contributor), Kurt Vonnegut (Contributor), Alice Walker (Contributor), Eudora Welty (Contributor), Tennessee Williams (Contributor)

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Famous writers' first works. Forty-one stories in all, some showing obvious promise, some so bad you wonder how they made it into print. An inspiration for would-be authors everywhere.

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So help me / Nelson Algren --
The war in the bathroom / Margaret Atwood --
Previous condition / James Baldwin --
The state of grace / Harold Brodkey --
Aftermath of a lengthy rejection slip / Charles Bukowski --
Miriam / Truman Capote --
Furious seasons / Raymond Carver --
Expelled / John Cheever --
Landing in luck / William Faulkner --
Babes in the woods / F. Scott Fitzgerald --
Albergo Empedocle / E.M. Forster --
The end of the party / Graham Greene --
Because of the waters of the flood / Mark Helprin --
In our time / Ernest Hemingway --
Crazy in the stir / Chester B. Himes --
After you, my dear Alphonse / Shirley Jackson --
Territory / David Leavitt --
April in Paris / Ursula K. Le Guin --
The pig / Doris Lessing --
Cruel and barbarous treatment / Mary McCarthy --
Wunderkind / Carson McCullers --
The greatest thing in the world / Norman Mailer --
Benefit performance / Bernard Malamud --
Mademoiselle Claude / Henry Miller --
A basket of strawberries / Alice Munro --
In the old world / Joyce Carol Oates --
The geranium / Flannery O'Connor --
Goodbye and good luck / Grace Paley --
Such a pretty little picture / Dorothy Parker --
The day it snowed / Philip Roth --
The daring young man on the flying trapeze / William Saroyan --
Flash in the pan / Irwin Shaw --
Gimpel the fool / Isaac Bashevis Singer --
And baby makes three / Jane Smiley --
The seraph and the Zambesi / Muriel Spark --
Oil field vignettes / Jim Thompson --
Friends from Philadelphia / John Updike --
Report on theBarnhouse Effect / Kurt Vonnegut --
To hell with dying / Alice Walker --
Death of a traveling salesman / Eudora Welty --
The vengeance of Nitocris / Tennessee Williams.
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Kiernan, KathyEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moore, Michael M.Editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Algren, NelsonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Atwood, MargaretContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baldwin, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brodkey, HaroldContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bukowski, CharlesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Capote, TrumanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carver, RaymondContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cheever, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Faulkner, WilliamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fitzgerald, F. ScottContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Forster, E.M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Greene, GrahamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Helprin, MarkContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hemingway, ErnestContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Himes, Chester BContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jackson, ShirleyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Le Guin, Ursula K.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Leavitt, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lessing, DorisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mailer, NormanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Malamud, BernardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McCarthy, MaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McCullers, CarsonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Miller, HenryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Munro, AliceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
O'Connor, FlanneryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Oates, Joyce CarolContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Paley, GraceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Parker, DorothyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Roth, PhilipContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Saroyan, WilliamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shaw, IrwinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Singer, Isaac BashevisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smiley, JaneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smiley, JaneIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Spark, MurielContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Thompson, JimContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Updike, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vonnegut, KurtContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Walker, AliceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Welty, EudoraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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