The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Fiction / Edition 2

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In this Second Edition of The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Fiction, master teachers and writers R.V. Cassill and Joyce Carol Oates have refreshed and updated the acclaimed original volume, celebrating not only the enduring literary genre but also that genre's continuing energy and success.
Sixteen new writers have been added, including Charles Baxter, Ron Carlson, Sandra Cisneros, and Jamaica Kincaid, among others, as have useful biographical notes and bibliographies for all authors in the anthology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393968330
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 932,748
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

R. V. Cassill the original editor of The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction, taught creative writing at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and at Brown, Purdue, Columbia, and Harvard. He was the author of more than thirty books of fiction, including the novels Clem Anderson, Dr. Cobb’s Game, and After Goliath. Cassil’s Collected Stories was published in 1989. He died in Rhode Island in 2002.

Joyce Carol Oates is one of our most important and well known writers—and one of America’s foremost writers of the short story form. She is also a regular contributor of reviews and criticism for the New York Times Book Review, The New York Review of Books, and elsewhere. She also reads and lectures widely throughout the US, at universities and bookstores.

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Table of Contents

Barcelona 1
The Rudy Elmenhurst Story 5
The Man from Mars 16
The Indian Uprising 34
Snow 41
The Cinderella Waltz 51
Descent of Man 68
Blazo 78
Cathedral 102
One Holy Night 116
The Babysitter 123
Murphy's Xmas 148
A Father's Story 162
Pet Milk 181
Saint Marie 186
Rock Springs 199
A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings 218
An Evening Performance 224
In the Heart of the Heart of the Country 232
The Wizard 255
Putting a Child to Bed 270
In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried 273
Cowboys Are My Weakness 281
Kwoon 293
The Black Lights 305
Girl 320
Follow the Eagle 322
The New Atlantis 326
No Trace 348
Love Life 367
Lust 381
The Tenant 390
Wild Swans 403
Bad Girls 412
The Things They Carried 428
Emotion Recollected in Tranquillity 444
Souvenir 452
Coach 466
Rules of the Game 480
A Death in the Family 490
The Other 493
Going to Russia 508
Everyday Use 517
Taking Care 525
In the Garden of the North American Martyrs 535
Biographical Sketches 547
Permissions Acknowledgments 554
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