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The Granta Book of the American Short Story
     

The Granta Book of the American Short Story

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by Richard Ford
 

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From the author of "Independence Day", Richard Ford edits and introduces this anthology for "Granta" which has become the most cited and authoritative collection of short stories on both sides of the Atlantic. Ford in his introduction discusses, among other things, the comment of Frank O'Connor that the short-story is handled so cleverly by Americans that it is our

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From the author of "Independence Day", Richard Ford edits and introduces this anthology for "Granta" which has become the most cited and authoritative collection of short stories on both sides of the Atlantic. Ford in his introduction discusses, among other things, the comment of Frank O'Connor that the short-story is handled so cleverly by Americans that it is our national art form.

Editorial Reviews

Washington Post
Ford's choice of stories is exemplary. . . there's wonderful reading here.
Literary Review
A carefully wrought compilation that does credit to its rich subject.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Academic anthologies, no matter how massive, tend to paint literature with a broad and representative brush. ``Best-of'' collections may dabble exclusively and exhaustively in a particular decade or school. Happily, Granta 's compendium of recent stories by American writers is neither. Culled from work published since 1944--the year Ford ( Rock Springs ) was born--the more than 40 stories in this 700-plus-page volume are an idiosyncratic array with few common threads connecting them. Apart from the 1944 cutoff date, Ford's only criteria, stated in his quirky, thoughtful introduction, are that the entries be ``ones I like--stories that have altered my appreciation of what a short story might surprisingly contain or be about; stories that by their brilliance have seemed to sanction the entire endeavor of being a writer.'' A story can be almost anything in his book, and his notion of an American ``allows an American to be anyone who persuasively claims to be one.'' Ford's liberal aesthetic sweeps us from (to name a very few) the Bowleses, Wallace Stegner and Grace Paley through the pivotal work of Donald Barthelme, William Gass and Robert Coover, to that of Jamaica Kincaid, Raymond Carver and Richard Bausch. This is hardly another case of rounding up the usual suspects; there are many surprises in the lineup--delightful ones. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847080400
Publisher:
Granta Books
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
782
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 2.20(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Ford, a novelist and short story writer, is best known for a trilogy of prize-winning books featuring Frank Bascombe, a middle-aged Everyman from suburban New Jersey. Independence Day, the second Bascombe novel, won both the Pulitzer Prize and the Pen Faulkner Award. Canada, a more recent bestseller that inhabits the consciousness of a fragile teenager after his family implodes, is another quiet masterpiece from one of America’s most acclaimed writers.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 16, 1944
Place of Birth:
Jackson, Mississippi
Education:
B.A., Michigan State University, 1966; M.F.A., University of California, Irvine, 1970

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The Granta Book of the American Short Story 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read for enrichment, enlightenment, and enjoyment. Only a few stories out of the forty-three stories in this book were satisfying in this regard. Most were pointless, relatively plotless, and with flacid characters. There may be some high realist style here, but if so, the redeeming features escape me.