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An Anthology of Famous American Stories (1953)

by John Angus Burrell (Editor), Bennett Cerf (Editor)

Other authors: George Ade (Contributor), Conrad Aiken (Contributor), Thomas Bailey Aldrich (Contributor), Sherwood Anderson (Contributor), Gertrude Atherton (Contributor)56 more, Thomas Beer (Contributor), Ambrose Bierce (Contributor), Katharine Brush (Contributor), James Branch Cabell (Contributor), Erskine Caldwell (Contributor), Willa Cather (Contributor), Walter Van Tilburg Clark (Contributor), Stephen Crane (Contributor), Richard Harding Davis (Contributor), John Dos Passos (Contributor), Theodore Dreiser (Contributor), William Faulkner (Contributor), Edna Ferber (Contributor), F. Scott Fitzgerald (Contributor), Hamlin Garland (Contributor), Susan Glaspell (Contributor), Edward Everett Hale (Contributor), Joel Chandler Harris (Contributor), Francis Bret Harte (Contributor), Nathaniel Hawthorne (Contributor), Lafcadio Hearn (Contributor), Ernest Hemingway (Contributor), O. Henry (Contributor), Joseph Hergesheimer (Contributor), William Dean Howells (Contributor), Washington Irving (Contributor), Henry James (Contributor), Sarah Orne Jewett (Contributor), Owen Johnson (Contributor), Ring Lardner (Contributor), Jack London (Contributor), Herman Melville (Contributor), Christopher Morley (Contributor), Frank Norris (Contributor), Fitz-James O’Brien (Contributor), John O’Hara (Contributor), Harvey O’Higgins (Contributor), Dorothy Parker (Contributor), Edgar Allen Poe (Contributor), Katherine Anne Porter (Contributor), J.D. Salinger (Contributor), William Saroyan (Contributor), Budd Schulberg (Contributor), Irwin Shaw (Contributor), Wilbur Daniel Steele (Contributor), Gertrude Stein (Contributor), John Steinbeck (Contributor), Frank R. Stockton (Contributor), Booth Tarkington (Contributor), James Thurber (Contributor), Mark Twain (Contributor), Eudora Welty (Contributor), Edith Wharton (Contributor), Mary E. Wilkins (Contributor), Thyra Samter Winslow (Contributor), Thomas Wolfe (Contributor)

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Strangely disappointing collection. It is difficult to discern the principle of selection. If "famous" is truly the key, that at least explains the inclusion of some old chestnuts that are really not very good. But then there are quite a few that just aren't well known. There is a great skew toward very dark stories. It is tempting to see the collection as a good representation of mid-twentieth century malaise and worse. There's also a skew toward the clever, and clever doesn't work well on the second and subsequent readings.
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Revised and enlarged from Angus Burrell and Bennett Cerf's earlier anthology, The Bedside Book of Famous American Stories (1936). Please distinguish between the two anthologies.
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  • "Little Gentleman" / Booth Tarkington
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  • The Open Boat / Stephen Crane
  • The Lost Phoebe / Theodore Dreiser
  • Big Dan Reilly / Harvey O'Higgins
  • The Good Anna / Gertrude Stein
  • Paul's Case / Willa Cather
  • To Build a Fire / Jack London
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  • I Want to Know Why / Sherwood Anderson
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  • The Man Who Saw Through Heaven / Wilbur Daniel Steele
  • Tact / Thomas Beer
  • Silent Snow, Secret Snow / Conrad Aiken
  • Big Blonde / Dorothy Parker
  • The Arrow / Christopher Morley
  • A Cycle of Manhattan / Thyra Samter Winslow
  • María Concepción / Katherine Anne Porter
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty / James Thurber
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  • The Portable Phonograph / Walter van Tilburg Clark
  • Act of Faith / Irwin Shaw
  • My Christmas Carol / Budd Schulberg
  • Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes / J.D. Salinger
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