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The Best Short Stories of 1915 and the Yearbook of the American Short…

by Edward J. O'Brien (Editor)

Other authors: Maxwell Struthers Burt (Contributor), Donn Byrne (Contributor), Will Levington Comfort (Contributor), W.A. Dwiggins (Contributor), James Francis Dwyer (Contributor)15 more, Frances Gregg (Contributor), Ben Hecht (Contributor), Fannie Hurst (Contributor), Arthur Johnson (Contributor), Virgil Jordan (Contributor), Harris Merton Lyon (Contributor), Walter J. Muilenburg (Contributor), Newbold Noyes (Contributor), Mary Boyle O'Reilly (Contributor), Seumas O’Brien (Contributor), Katharine Metcalf Roof (Contributor), Benjamin Rosenblatt (Contributor), Elsie Singmaster (Contributor), Wilbur Daniel Steele (Contributor), Mary Synon (Contributor)

Series: The Best American Short Stories (1915)

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Edward Joseph Harrington O'Brien (1890-1941) was an American author, poet, editor and anthologist. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and attended Boston College and Harvard University. He was noted for compiling and editing an annual collection of The Best Short Stories by American authors at the beginning of the twentieth-century, and also a series of The Best Short Stories by British authors. They proved to be highly influential and popular. He was also a noted author, his works including White Fountains (1917) and The Forgotten Threshold (1918).… (more)
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Not terrible, but not many of these stories grabbed me. I liked "Zelig" and "The Survivors". ( )
  bongo_x | Apr 6, 2013 |
The Best Short Stories of 1915 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story is the first of the series that eventually became the Best American set of series of books. It’s in the public domain and available on Google Books. I grabbed it because I wanted to see what was considered the best way back then. I did not get or appreciate a few of the stories in the 1969 edition, but they were well-crafted. 1915 is another thing though. Several of the stories appear to be selected not for the quality of the story, but for the political content. I’m quite a fan of stories being explicitly political, but in at least a couple of cases in this collection, the entries had little else going for them. They were mostly ham-handed in their treatment of the politics as well.

Full review: http://reading.kingrat.biz/reviews/best-short-stories-1915-edward-obrien ( )
  KingRat | Sep 23, 2010 |
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O'Brien, Edward J.Editorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Burt, Maxwell StruthersContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Byrne, DonnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Comfort, Will LevingtonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dwiggins, W.A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dwyer, James FrancisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gregg, FrancesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hecht, BenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hurst, FannieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Johnson, ArthurContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jordan, VirgilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lyon, Harris MertonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Muilenburg, Walter J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Noyes, NewboldContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
O'Reilly, Mary BoyleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
O’Brien, SeumasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Roof, Katharine MetcalfContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rosenblatt, BenjaminContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Singmaster, ElsieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Steele, Wilbur DanielContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Synon, MaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed

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Edward Joseph Harrington O'Brien (1890-1941) was an American author, poet, editor and anthologist. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and attended Boston College and Harvard University. He was noted for compiling and editing an annual collection of The Best Short Stories by American authors at the beginning of the twentieth-century, and also a series of The Best Short Stories by British authors. They proved to be highly influential and popular. He was also a noted author, his works including White Fountains (1917) and The Forgotten Threshold (1918).

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