The American Short Story: A Collection of the Best Known and Most Memorable Short Stories by the Great American Authors

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This entertaining collection--a panoramic survey of American literature--presents over two hundred years of great American short stories in more than 1,000 pages. From Washington Irving to Joyce Carol Oates, our nation's best writers are showcased at the top of their form.

Selections from America's first great quartet of fiction writers--Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe and Herman Melville--open this extraordinary volume and reflect the birth of a ...

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Overview

This entertaining collection--a panoramic survey of American literature--presents over two hundred years of great American short stories in more than 1,000 pages. From Washington Irving to Joyce Carol Oates, our nation's best writers are showcased at the top of their form.

Selections from America's first great quartet of fiction writers--Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe and Herman Melville--open this extraordinary volume and reflect the birth of a distinctly American literature. The short story form blossomed during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, giving rise to superb works of realism, naturalism, and regionalism.The American Short Story explores these traditions fully, with a wonderful sampling of writings from Ambrose Bierce, Edward Everett Hale, Mark Twain, Bret Harte, Sarah Orne Jewett, Joel Chandler Harris, Frank Norris, Stephen Crane, Theodore Drieser, Henry James, Edith Wharton and many others. Stories like F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Babylon Revisited" and Ernest Hemingway's "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" capture the brilliance of "The Lost Generation" writers; the rich tradition of Southern storytelling come to life in works by William Faulkner, Katherine Anne Porter, Eudora Welty, Thomas Wolfe, and Flannery O'Connor; and, in works ranging from the sentimental to the satirical, the hard-hitting to the hilarious, writers like Saul Bellow, James Baldwin, John Updike, and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. illuminate the experiences of America's extraordinarily diverse population.

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This anthology aims to include the "best known" and "most memorable" stories by the "great American writers": e.g., London's "To Build a Fire" and Steinbeck's "The Red Pony." Joyce Carol Oates, born in 1938, is the youngest writer included, and only Joel Chandler Harris and James Baldwin represent racial minorities. Consequently, most of these stories are already available in anthologies owned by most libraries. The Norton Book of American Short Stories (1988) achieved a more useful result by excluding many famous but over-anthologized stories; the Granta Book of the American Short Story (1992) made its niche by including stories published only within the past 50 years. Libraries holding a good selection of anthologies indexed in Short Story Index will not need Parkes's collection. It is a good choice, however, where collections of American short stories are sparse or very outdated.-Peter Dollard, Alma Coll. Lib., Mich.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780883658734
  • Publisher: BBS Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Pages: 1024
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 2.40 (d)

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  • Posted May 10, 2009

    Great Collection

    This is one of the best anthologies of American short stories that I have ever seen (especially for the $9.99 price). A great addition to any library. Very inclusive, from Washington Irving, to Jack London, to John Updike, and so much more. Barnes and Nobles has done much to enhance my collection of classic literature thought their bargain selections and this is one of their best...

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