The Pushcart Prize XXV: Best of the Small Presses 2001 (25th Anniversary Edition)

The Pushcart Prize XXV: Best of the Small Presses 2001 (25th Anniversary Edition)

by Bill Henderson
     
 

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The quarter-century edition of a "distinguished annual literary event" (Anne Tyler, New York Times Book Review) For its twenty-fifth year, The Pushcart Prize surpasses itself with a stunning presentation of new and celebrated authors.
Over sixty stories, essays, and poems appear in this landmark edition, picked from more than 5,000 nominations. Over the years

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The quarter-century edition of a "distinguished annual literary event" (Anne Tyler, New York Times Book Review) For its twenty-fifth year, The Pushcart Prize surpasses itself with a stunning presentation of new and celebrated authors.
Over sixty stories, essays, and poems appear in this landmark edition, picked from more than 5,000 nominations. Over the years more than 400 presses have been honored with reprints in The Pushcart Prize, the most praised literary series in America: winner of the Carey-Thomas Award, named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times Book Review, picked for several Book-of-the-Month Club selections, and hailed by Publishers Weekly as "among the most influential in the development of the American book business in the past century and a quarter." "The single best measure of the state of affairs in American literature today."—New York Times Book Review "[A]mong the most influential [series] in the development of the American book business in the past century and a quarter."—Publishers Weekly "The Pushcart Prize is essential."—Library Journal "Those who despair of finding good writing in mass media America need look no further than The Pushcart Prize."—Booklist)

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
The single best measure of the state of affairs in American literature today.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Pushcart Prize turns 25 this year and marks its quarter-century with a strong, serious-minded selection of 74 works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Many of the personal essays focus on writing. Bret Lott, in "Toward Humility," gives a rather sentimental, behind-the-scenes account of having a novel chosen by Oprah Winfrey (whom Lott calls "the Force"). A more intellectually rigorous essay by Patricia Hampl, "Other People's Secrets," explores the uneasy ethics by which the writer justifies "telling secrets and getting away with it." A droll poem by John Ashbery, "Your Name Here," is like a cubist collage of Paris as an ant farm. Salvatore Scibona's short story, "Prairie," is a quiet but devastating portrait of solitude and willed muteness on the Manitoba frontier of the 1880s. Marcia, the protagonist of Joan Silber's "Commendable," is another kind of pioneer--a woman who enrolled in the sexual revolution as a topless dancer, and in middle age comes back to the region she grew up in. Bay Anapol's "The Man with Paper Eyes" is a romance set in the special section of the California prison system devoted to transsexual prisoners, but transcends the merely gothic by being genuinely heartfelt. Few of the entries test boundaries like Anapol's story, and the humor quotient is down in this year's volume, but the poetry selections are excellent. The series continues to stand as a valuable resource for writers and readers alike, richly engaging the stray surfer. With its target readership alerted by advertising in 40 literary journals, it should sell respectably and, given that this is an anniversary anthology, even more. (Nov.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
This 25th-anniversary edition of The Pushcart Prize features fiction, memoir, poetry, and essays selected by a board of contributing editors to represent the best of the small presses. Although some of the pieces are from such household names as Seamus Heaney, James Tate, and Joyce Carol Oates, the point of this collection has always been to showcase the work of deserving though lesser-known writers. In this the editors have succeeded, and while devotees of various literary scenes will appreciate seeing some of their favorites compiled here, the casual reader will find this volume a handy introduction to new authors. It is impossible to single out any of the over 70 contributors without doing an injustice to the rest, but Ben Marcus's cryptic and chilling "Women's Pantomime," particularly notable for its formal daring, indicates the broad range of work collected here. Essential.--Philip Santo, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The 25th anniversary edition of a tradition in American literature, heavier on quantity than quality but still worth perusing for some showstoppers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781888889277
Publisher:
Pushcart Press, The
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Series:
Pushcart Prize Series, #25
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
600
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author

Bill Henderson is the founder and editor of the Pushcart Prize. He received the 2006 National Book Critic Circle’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Poets & Writers / Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award. He is also the author of several memoirs, including All My Dogs: A Life. The founder of the Lead Pencil Club, Henderson lives in New York.

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