20: The Best of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize

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The Drue Heinz Literature Prize was established in 1980 to encourage and support the writing and reading of short fiction. Over the past twenty years judges such as Robert Penn Warren, Raymond Carver, Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood, Russell Banks, Alice McDermott, and Frank Conroy have selected the best collections from the hundreds submitted annually by up-and-coming writers.

20 represents the best of the best—one story from each of the prize-winning volumes. Chosen by ...

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Overview

The Drue Heinz Literature Prize was established in 1980 to encourage and support the writing and reading of short fiction. Over the past twenty years judges such as Robert Penn Warren, Raymond Carver, Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood, Russell Banks, Alice McDermott, and Frank Conroy have selected the best collections from the hundreds submitted annually by up-and-coming writers.

20 represents the best of the best—one story from each of the prize-winning volumes. Chosen by acclaimed author John Edgar Wideman, the selections cover a broad range of inventive and original characters, settings, and emotions, charting the evolution of the short story over the past two decades. One of the most prestigious awards of its kind, the Drue Heinz Literature Prize has helped launch the careers of a score of previously "undiscovered" writers, many of whom have gone on to great critical success.

Past Winners of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize: David Bosworth, Robley Wilson, Jonathan Penner, Randall Silvis, W. D. Wetherell, Rick DeMarinis, Ellen Hunnicutt, Reginald McKnight, Maya Sonenberg, Rick Hillis, Elizabeth Graver, Jane McCafferty, Stewart O’Nan, Jennifer Cornell, Geoffrey Becker, Edith Pearlman, Katherine Vaz, Barbara Croft, Lucy Honig, Adria Bernardi.

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“Celebrating 20 years of debuts, 20: The Best of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize . . . is worth celebrating itself.”

—Orlando Sentinel

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822958154
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 2/19/2003
  • Series: Drue Heinz Literature Prize Series
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Edgar Wideman is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including The Homewood Books, Brothers and Keepers, and God’s Gym. A former Rhodes scholar, his work has been widely praised for its vivid and lyrical language. He served as senior judge for the Drue Heinz Literature Prize in 1992.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
The Death of Descartes 1
Thief 61
Frankenstein Meets the Ant People 65
The Luckiest Man in the World 75
The Man Who Loved Levittown 126
Weeds 143
At St. Theresa's College for Women 156
Uncle Moustapha's Eclipse 169
Ariadne in Exile 178
Limbo River 194
Have You Seen Me? 210
Director of the World 226
Winter Haven 234
Rise 241
Dangerous Men 251
Vaquila 264
Fado 275
The Woman in the Headlights 289
After 304
Waiting for Giotto 316
Authors' Biographies 341
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