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The Oxford Book of American Short Stories (1992)

by Joyce Carol Oates (Editor)

Other authors: Alice Adams (Contributor), Sherwood Anderson (Contributor), William Austin (Contributor), James Baldwin (Contributor), Saul Bellow (Contributor)49 more, Pinckney Benedict (Contributor), Paul Bowles (Contributor), Ray Bradbury (Contributor), Raymond Carver (Contributor), Willa Cather (Contributor), John Cheever (Contributor), Charles Chesnutt (Contributor), Kate Chopin (Contributor), Sandra Cisneros (Contributor), Stephen Crane (Contributor), Ralph Ellison (Contributor), Louise Erdrich (Contributor), William Faulkner (Contributor), F. Scott Fitzgerald (Contributor), Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman (Contributor), Charlotte Perkins Gilman (Contributor), Nathaniel Hawthorne (Contributor), Ernest Hemingway (Contributor), Langston Hughes (Contributor), Zora Neale Hurston (Contributor), Washington Irving (Contributor), Henry James (Contributor), Sarah Orne Jewett (Contributor), Ursula K. Le Guin (Contributor), David Leavitt (Contributor), Jack London (Contributor), Bernard Malamud (Contributor), Bobbie Ann Mason (Contributor), Herman Melville (Contributor), Bharati Mukherjee (Contributor), Tim O'Brien (Contributor), Flannery O'Connor (Contributor), Cynthia Ozick (Contributor), Edgar Allan Poe (Contributor), Katherine Anne Porter (Contributor), Leslie Marmon Silko (Contributor), Isaac Bashevis Singer (Contributor), Harriet Beecher Stowe (Contributor), Amy Tan (Contributor), Peter Taylor (Contributor), Jean Toomer (Contributor), Mark Twain (Contributor), John Updike (Contributor), Eudora Welty (Contributor), Edith Wharton (Contributor), John Edgar Wideman (Contributor), William Carlos Williams (Contributor), Tobias Wolff (Contributor), Richard Wright (Contributor)

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Collection of fifty-six American short stories and biographical information about each author.

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"How ironic," Joyce Carol Oates writes in her introduction to this marvelous collection, "that in our age of rapid mass-production and the easy proliferation of consumer products, the richness and diversity of the American literary imagination should be so misrepresented in most anthologies."Why, she asks, when writers such as Samuel Clemens, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Eudora Welty, Flannery O'Connor, Saul Bellow, and John Updike have among them written hundreds of short stories, do anthologists settle on the same two or three titles by each author again and again? "Isn't the implicit promiseof an anthology that it will, or aspires to, present something different, unexpected?"In The Oxford Book of American Short Stories, Joyce Carol Oates offers a sweeping survey of American short fiction, in a collection of fifty-six tales that combines classic works with many "different, unexpected" gems, and that invites readers to explore a wealth of important pieces by womenand minority writers. Some selections simply can't be improved on, Oates admits, and she happily includes such time-honored works as Irving's "Rip Van Winkle," Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart," and Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place." But alongside these classics, Oates introduces such little-knownstories as Mark Twain's "Cannibalism in the Cars," a story that reveals a darker side to his humor ("That morning we had Morgan of Alabama for breakfast. He was one of the finest men I ever sat down to...a perfect gentleman, and singularly juicy"). From Melville come the juxtaposed tales "TheParadise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids," of which Oates says, "Only Melville could have fashioned out of 'real' events...such harrowing and dreamlike allegorical fiction." From Flannery O'Connor we find "A Late Encounter With the Enemy," and from John Cheever, "The Death of Justina," one ofCheever's own favorites, though rarely anthologized. The reader will also delight in the range of authors found here, from Charles W. Chesnutt, Jean Toomer, and Sarah Orne Jewett, to William Carlos Williams, Kate Chopin, and Zora Neale Hurston. Contemporary artists abound, including BharatiMukherjee and Amy Tan, Alice Adams and David Leavitt, Bobbie Ann Mason and Tim O'Brien, Louise Erdrich and John Edgar Wideman. Oates provides fascinating introductions to each writer, blending biographical information with her own trenchant observations about their work, plus a long introductoryessay, in which she offers the fruit of years of reflection on a genre in which she herself is a master.This then is a book of surprises, a fascinating portrait of American short fiction, as filtered through the sensibility of a major modern writer.
  Grandpas-Library | May 21, 2023 |
I read most of this, I did.
I believe this collection is a great way to get a broad swath of samples through the history of the American short story. I'd recommend as Oates does and read in chronological order. If you don't have time I really enjoyed Saul Bellow, Ursula K. Le Guin and Tobias Wolff's stories among the authors I have never read before. ( )
  b.masonjudy | Apr 3, 2020 |
This book includes two short stories that finally made me understand that essence of the Black American experience where so many other attempts have failed. Sonny's Blues (James Baldwin) and Battle Royal (Ralph Ellison). Other stories I liked: There Will Come Soft Rains (Bradbury), Fleur (Louise Erdich), The Management of Grief (Bharati Mukherjee), and The Things They Carries (Tim O'Brien). ( )
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  • Rip Van Winkle / Washington Irving
  • Peter Rugg, the Missing Man / William Austin
  • The Wives of the Dead / Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Tell-Tale Heart / Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Ghost in the Mill / Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids / Herman Melville
  • Cannibalism in the Cars / Samuel Clemens
  • The Middle Years / Henry James
  • A White Heron / Sarah Oren Jewett
  • The Storm / Kate Chopin
  • Old Woman Magoun / Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • The Sheriff's Children / Charles Chesnutt
  • The Yellow Wallpaper / Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • A Journey / Edith Wharton
  • The Little Regiment / Stephen Crane
  • A Death in the Desert / Willa Cather
  • The Strength of God / Sherwood Anderson
  • In a Far Country / Jack London
  • The Girl with a Pimply Face / William Carlos Williams
  • The Rats in the Walls / H.P. Lovecraft
  • Blood-Burning Moon / Jean Toomer
  • An Alcoholic Case / F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • That Evening Sun / William Faulkner
  • Hills Like White Elephants / Ernest Hemingway
  • Red-Headed Baby / Langston Hughes
  • The Man Who Was Almost a Man / Richard Wright
  • A Bottle of Milk for Mother / Nelson Algren
  • Where is the Voice Coming From? / Eudora Welty
  • A Distant Episode / Paul Bowles
  • The Country Husband / John Cheever
  • Battle Royal / Ralph Ellison
  • My Son the Murderer / Bernard Malamud
  • The Lottery / Shirley Jackson
  • There Will Come Soft Rains / Ray Bradbury
  • Sonny's Blues / James Baldwin
  • A Late Encounter with the Enemy / Flannery O’Connor
  • The Shawl / Cynthia Ozark
  • The School / Donald Barthelme
  • The Persistence of Desire / John Updike
  • Defender of the Faith / Philip Roth
  • The Mud Below / Annie Proulx
  • Are These Actual Miles? / Raymond Carver
  • Heat / Joyce Carol Oates
  • The Child Screams and Looks Back at You / Russell Banks
  • Give It Up for Billy / Edmund White
  • Under the Radar / Richard Ford
  • Hunters in the Snow / Tobias Wolff
  • The Things They Carried / Tim O’Brien
  • The Reach / Stephen King
  • Filthy with Things / T.C. Boyle
  • Today Will Be a Quiet Day / Amy Hempel
  • Fleur / Louise Erdrich
  • The Drowned Life / Jeffrey Ford
  • Children as Enemies / Ha Jin
  • How to Become a Writer / Lorrie Moore
  • Good People / David Foster Wallace
  • Mercy / Pinckney Benedict
  • Hell-Heaven / Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Edison, New Jersey / Junot Díaz
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