The Creative Collection of American Short Stories


This illustrated anthology spans more than a century and a half to introduce readers to 17 American literary gems.
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This illustrated anthology spans more than a century and a half to introduce readers to 17 American literary gems.
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Donna Phillips
The Creative Collection of American Short Stories is a chronological compilation of seventeen quality pieces, including such familiar classics as Poe's "The Black Cat," Twain's "Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," and Bierce's "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." Ray Bradbury's poetic homage to flight, "Icarus Montgolfier Wright," and Alice Walker's wry intergenerational character study, "Everyday Use," demonstrate the genre's continued vitality. An introduction by Ray Bradbury, brief biographies of authors, and story notes round out the text. Nascimbene's watercolors enhance each selection. He chooses interesting points of view, upward at the black cat dangling above a house aflame, downward through Peyton Farquhar's eyes at the tumbling contents of that sluggish stream, across speckled black—and-white waves to splashes of human color in a tiny boat. Unfortunately, the book is also filled with a puzzling assortment of colored callouts that fade to illegible white. The publisher lists the book for ages ten and up, but with the excruciating death of a sow in Wallace Stegner's "In the Twilight" and Joyce Carol Oates's abduction of a fifteen-year-old girl in "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been," several stories are better suited for older readers. The complexities of theme and language also seem more appropriate for a sophisticated audience for whom "short story" means much more than scary stories to tell in the dark. Reviewer: Donna Phillips
Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
There is no discernible theme in this eclectic anthology of brief fiction, but who needs a theme when the collection includes dark stories such as Edgar Allan Poe's "The Black Cat," Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery," Willa Cather's "Paul's Case," and Joyce Carol Oates' "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" But the book also has humorous stories, such as Mark Twain's "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," bizarre stories—Ambrose Bierce's "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and Stephen Crane's "The Open Boat"—and stories of hope and triumph: Katherine Ann Porter's "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall," John Steinbeck's "The Chrysanthemums," Ray Bradbury's "Icarus Montgolfier Wright" and James Thurber's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." (Who can resist his wonderful "pocketa-pocketa-queep" machines?) I was pleased to see entries by Langston Hughes ("Thank You, Ma'am") and Alice Walker ("Everyday Use") and disappointed by the inclusion of Ernest Hemingway's "Hills like White Elephants." (He wrote many better short stories.) What really makes this anthology stand out are the glorious water color illustrations. Illustrations for the brooding stories have just the right hint of pathos and intrigue and those for the more upbeat stories are full of light and joy. This book stays in my permanent collection. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—This anthology is a great introduction to the short-story form. It opens with an essay by Ray Bradbury in which he describes what some of the 17 stories meant to him as a young writer and explains how the diverse group of authors chosen helped define and develop the craft. The selections span more than 150 years of American writing and cover varied themes and settings. Ernest Hemingway, John Updike, Joyce Carol Oates, and Alice Walker are among the featured authors. Nascimbene's lovely watercolor illustrations complement each story. The visual layout of the book is pleasing with quotes from the text highlighted in color on each page.—Mari Pongkhamsing, St. Perpetua School, Lafayette, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568462028
  • Publisher: Creative Company, The
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,464,824
  • Age range: 10 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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