American Short Story Masterpieces
American Short Story Masterpieces
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Annotation: Thirty-six outstanding modern American stories by Baldwin, Updike, Doctorow, Malamud, Roth, Oates, Gardner, Le Guin, and others.
Catalog Number: #12380
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Publisher: Dell
Copyright Date: 1987
Edition Date: 1989
Pages: xvi, 512 pages
Availability: Available (Limited Quantities Available / While Supplies Last)
ISBN: Publisher: 0-440-20423-2 Perma-Bound: 0-8000-3267-5
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-440-20423-7 Perma-Bound: 978-0-8000-3267-8
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 86019964
Dimensions: 18 cm.
Language: English
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Reading Level: 9.0
Interest Level: 9+

This highly acclaimed collection of short stories by American writers contains only the best literary art of the past four decades.

Editors Raymond Carver and Tom Jenks have selected fiction that “tells a story”–and tells it with a masterful handling of language, situation, and insight.

But what is so special about this volume is that it mirrors our age, our concerns, and our lives. Whether it’s the end of a marriage, as in Bobbie Ann Manson’s “Shiloh,” or the struggle with self-esteem and weight in Andre Dubus’s “The Fat Girl,” the 36 works included her probe issues that give us that “shock of recognition” that is the hallmark of great art—wonderful, absorbing fiction that will be read and reread for decades to come.

Sonny's blues / James Baldwin
Weekend / Ann Beattie
The bystander / Gina Berriault
The Amish farmer / Vance Bourjaily
1/3, 1/3, 1/3 / Richard Brautigan
Verona: a young woman speaks / Harold Brodley
Talk of heroes / Carol Bly
Fever / Raymond Carver
The fisherman from Chihuahua / Evan S. Connell
Midair / Frank Conroy
Will / E. L. Doctorow
The fat girl / Andre Dubus
A poetics for bullies / Stanley Elkin
Rock springs / Richard Ford
The lover of horses / Tess Gallagher
Redemption / John Gardner
Dream children / Gail Godwin
The ledge / Lawrence Sargent Hall
Water liars / Barry Hannah
Letters from the Samantha / Mark Helprin
Ile forest / Ursula K. Le Guin.

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