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Ploughshares Spring 1976 Guest-Edited by Tim O'Brien, with DeWitt Henry and Henry Bromell

Ploughshares Spring 1976 Guest-Edited by Tim O'Brien, with DeWitt Henry and Henry Bromell

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The Spring 1976 issue of Ploughshares, guest-edited by Tim O'Brien. Ploughshares, a journal of new writing, is guest-edited serially by prominent writers who explore different personal visions, aesthetics, and literary circles.

National Book Award Winner and Pulitzer Nominee Tim O'Brien (The Things They Carried, Going After Cacciato) compiled this issue of Ploughshares subtitled, "Special Fiction Issue." In the issue's epigraph, O'Brien quotes Charles Peguy, who states, "A review only continues to have life in it so long as each issue annoys at least one fifth of its subscribers. Justice lies in seeing that tis one fifth is not always the same one." O'Brien's selections purposefully challenge, provoke, and inspire this edition's audience.

This edition features works by Pulitzer Prize winner Maxine Kumin (Up Country), Richard Yates (Revolutionary Road), future Ploughshares Guest Editor Ellen Wilbur, and O'Brien himself, along with other loyal Ploughshares contributors. He was assisted in creating the issue by Associate Editors DeWitt Henry, the founder of Ploughshares, and Henry Bromell (The Slightest Distance).

"A House to Let," by Mary Lavin
"Going After Cacciato," by Tim O'Brien
"Cellar Full of Water," by George P. Elliott
"Vestiges" by Meredith Steinbach
"An Old Aperitif," by Deirdre Burt
"The Contagion," by Maxine Kumin
"Perfection" by Ellen Wilbur
"Thieves," by Richard Yates
"The Things She Cannot Write About, The Reasons Why," by James Crumley

"Bread Loaf Address," by Seymour Epstein
"Mary Lavin: A Note," by Henry Bromell

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940148452522
Publisher: Ploughshares
Publication date: 04/17/1976
Series: Ploughshares , #31
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 174
File size: 593 KB

About the Author

Tim O'Brien is the author of eight works of fiction, including Going After Cacciato, which received the National Book Award in fiction, The Things They Carried, which received France's Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger and was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and In the Lake of the Woods, which received the James Fenimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians and was named best novel of the year by Time magazine. His most recent novel is July, July (2003, Penguin).

O'Brien's short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines including Esquire, Harper's, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker, and in several editions of The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. His short story "The Things They Carried" received the National Magazine Award in 1987 and in 1999 was selected for inclusion in The Best American Short Stories of the Century edited by John Updike.

He has received awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He currently holds a chair in creative writing at Southwest Texas State University.

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