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100 Years of the Best American Short Stories

Author: Lorrie Moore; Heidi Pitlor
Publisher: New York, New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2015]
Series: Best American.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A centennial retrospective selected by master of the form Lorrie Moore that showcases representative stories in the series as well as literary moments in time One of our most beloved short story writers, Lorrie Moore introduces and chooses from more than two thousand stories the forty-one writers collected here. From Edna Ferber to George Saunders, and everyone in between: Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Cheever,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Short stories
Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Lorrie Moore; Heidi Pitlor
ISBN: 9780544056060 054405606X
OCLC Number: 907292472
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: 1915-1920. The gay old dog / Edna Ferber --
1920-1930. Brothers / Sherwood Anderson; My old man / Ernest Hemingway; Haircut / Ring Lardner --
1930-1940. Babylon revisited / F. Scott Fitzgerald; The cracked looking-glass / Katherine Anne Porter; That will be fine / William Faulkner --
1940-1950. Those are as brothers / Nancy Hale; The whole world knows / Eudora Welty; The enormous radio / John Cheever --
1950-1960. I stand here ironing / Tillie Olsen; Sonny's blues / James Baldwin; The conversion of the Jews / Philip Roth --
1960-1970. Everything that rises must converge / Flannery O'Connor; Pigeon feathers / John Updike; Will you please be quiet, please? / Raymond Carver; By the river / Joyce Carol Oates --
1970-1980. The school / Donald Barthelme; The conventional wisdom / Stanley Elkin --
1980-1990. Friends / Grace Paley; Harmony of the world / Charles Baxter; Lawns / Mona Simpson; Communist / Richard Ford; Helping / Robert Stone; Displacement / David Wong Louie --
1990-2000. Friend of my youth / Alice Munro; The girl on the plane / Mary Gaitskill; Xuela / Jamaica Kincaid; If you sing like that for me / Akhil Sharma; Fiesta, 1980 / Junot Díaz --
2000-2010. The third and final continent / Jhumpa Lahiri; Brownies / ZZ Packer; What you pawn I will redeem / Sherman Alexie; Old boys, old girls / Edward P. Jones; Refresh, refresh / Benjamin Percy; Awaiting orders / Tobias Wolff --
2010-2015. What we talk about when we talk about Anne Frank / Nathan Englander; Diem perdidi / Julie Otsuka; The semplica-girl diaries / George Saunders; At the round Earth's imagined corners / Lauren Groff.
Series Title: Best American.
Other Titles: One hundred years of the best American short stories
Responsibility: Lorrie Moore, editor, Heidi Pitlor, coeditor.
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A centennial retrospective selected by master of the form Lorrie Moore that showcases representative stories in the series as well as literary moments in time One of our most beloved short story writers, Lorrie Moore introduces and chooses from more than two thousand stories the forty-one writers collected here. From Edna Ferber to George Saunders, and everyone in between: Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Cheever, Munro, Lahiri, Alexie, Diaz, to name just a few. Heidi Pitlor, in turn, recounts behind-the-scenes series anecdotes and gives a decade-by-decade examination of the trends captured by the series over a hundred years. The earliest stories ushered in a new and unflinching realism, the Depression saw the reign of Southern writing, and a post-war trend toward sentimentality was upended by the likes of Philip Roth. Soon after, John Updike and Joyce Carol Oates began to probe the dark side of their era's mythic happy family. The 1980s proved to be a golden age for short stories, and in the age of the Internet and the blogosphere, the tone is relaxed and its writers diverse. Taken together, the stories tell the history of American short fiction.

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