skip to content
Playboy stories : the best of forty years of short fiction Preview this item
ClosePreview this item
Checking...

Playboy stories : the best of forty years of short fiction

Author: Alice K Turner
Publisher: New York : Dutton, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
From the inception of Playboy in 1953, the magazine made it clear that publishing fiction of the highest quality would be an essential part of its philosophy. This superlative gathering of stories offers persuasive proof of how well the magazine has lived up to that intent. It was a daunting task to select the very best short story from each of Playboy's forty years - with a special bonus from 1971, when tales by
Rating:

(not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first.

Subjects
More like this

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...

Details

Genre/Form: Fiction
Short stories
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Playboy stories.
New York : Dutton, ©1994
(OCoLC)623131610
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alice K Turner
ISBN: 0525937358 9780525937357 0452271177 9780452271173
OCLC Number: 28583199
Description: viii, 609 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Black country / Charles Beaumont --
All married women are bad, yes? / Herbert Gold --
A flourish of strumpets / Richard Matheson --
In a season of calm weather / Ray Bradbury --
Just like the girl / James Jones --
A fine son / Roald Dahl --
A great voice stilled / Shirley Jackson --
The killer in the TV set / Bruce Jay Friedman --
Brother Endicott / James Thurber --
Naked nude / Bernard Malamud --
An actor's life for me / Philip Roth --
Good blonde / Jack Kerouac --
The manchild / James Baldwin --
Where all things wise and fair descend / Irwin Shaw --
The yellow room / John Cheever --
I am dying, Egypt, dying / John Updike --
Saul Bird says, relate! communicate! liberate! / Joyce Carol Oates --
The handsomest drowned man in the world / Gabriel Garcia Marquez --
The dashing fellow / Vladimir Nabokov --
The last carrousel / Nelson Algren --
The conservationist / Nadine Gordimer --
Brennbar's rant / John Irving --
Asking for it / John Collier --
Trial of the warlock / Norman Mailer --
The other / Jorge Luis Borges --
A party in Miami Beach / Isaac Bashevis Singer --
White lies / Paul Theroux --
May I have some marmalade, please? / Sean O'Faolain --
Anna / Andre Dubus --
My mistress / Laurie Colwin --
Like a leaf / Thomas McGuane --
Julius Caesar and the werewolf / John Gardner --
Easy in the islands / Bob Shacochis --
The middleman / Bharati Mukherjee --
Yossarian survives / Joseph Heller --
Modern love / T. Coraghessan Boyle --
Lucky Pierre in the doctor's office / Robert Coover --
Unlocking the air / Ursula K. Le Guin --
Kwoon / Charles Johnson --
The second bakery attack / Haruki Murakami --
How it ended / Jay McInerney.
Responsibility: edited and with an introduction by Alice K. Turner.

Abstract:

From the inception of Playboy in 1953, the magazine made it clear that publishing fiction of the highest quality would be an essential part of its philosophy. This superlative gathering of stories offers persuasive proof of how well the magazine has lived up to that intent. It was a daunting task to select the very best short story from each of Playboy's forty years - with a special bonus from 1971, when tales by Nobel Prize-winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, at his most magically sensuous, and Vladimir Nabokov, at his most wickedly witty, both irresistibly demanded to be included. The result is an enthralling array that well may amaze even the most ardent Playboy fans, not to mention those unfamiliar with the stellar quality of the magazine and the rich variety of literary genius that has graced its pages.

Marquez is but one of the Nobel Prize winners offered here. There is Isaac Bashevis Singer's marvelous story of Holocaust survivors in Miami, and Nadine Gordimer's probing questions of life and death in South Africa.

Such names as Joyce Carol Oates, James Jones, Jack Kerouac, James Thurber, Nelson Algren, Bernard Malamud, Shirley Jackson, Philip Roth, James Baldwin, John Cheever, John Updike, Irwin Shaw, Joseph Heller, and Norman Mailer make this collection not only a feast of fiction to be relished but a virtual history of the best American writing of the second half of the twentieth century. And from beyond our borders come such writers as Jorge Luis Borges playing a provocative mind game as only he can; Sean O'Faolain with a tale of seduction Irish-style; Bharati Mukherjee offering an erotic adventure in Latin America; and the rising new master of Japanese fiction Haruki Murakami putting a surreal slant on love and marriage. Here, too, of course, are the writers who established themselves as Playboy stars before going on to win still wider acclaim, among them Bruce Jay Friedman, Herbert Gold, and Charles Beaumont.

Add to this illustrious listing nerve-twisters like Roald Dahl and John Collier, imaginations like those of Ray Bradbury and Ursula K. Le Guin - and you still have only a hint of the full range of rewards that await you in this amazing anthology. If frank and unfettered pleasure is a fundamental part of the Playboy credo, nowhere is it richer and more free from formula than in this, its finest fiction.

Reviews

User-contributed reviews
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Tags

Be the first.
Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Linked Data


Primary Entity

<http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/28583199> # Playboy stories : the best of forty years of short fiction
    a schema:CreativeWork, schema:Book ;
    library:oclcnum "28583199" ;
    library:placeOfPublication <http://dbpedia.org/resource/New_York_City> ; # New York
    library:placeOfPublication <http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/countries/nyu> ;
    schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1007815> ; # Manners and customs
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/836959326#Event/1900_1999> ; # 1900-1999
    schema:about <http://dewey.info/class/813.018054/e20/> ;
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/836959326#Place/united_states> ; # United States
    schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1204155> ; # United States.
    schema:about <http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh85004320> ; # American fiction--20th century
    schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1117064> ; # Short stories, American
    schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/807048> ; # American fiction
    schema:bookFormat bgn:PrintBook ;
    schema:contributor <http://viaf.org/viaf/114107062> ; # Alice K. Turner
    schema:copyrightYear "1994" ;
    schema:datePublished "1994" ;
    schema:description "Marquez is but one of the Nobel Prize winners offered here. There is Isaac Bashevis Singer's marvelous story of Holocaust survivors in Miami, and Nadine Gordimer's probing questions of life and death in South Africa."@en ;
    schema:description "Add to this illustrious listing nerve-twisters like Roald Dahl and John Collier, imaginations like those of Ray Bradbury and Ursula K. Le Guin - and you still have only a hint of the full range of rewards that await you in this amazing anthology. If frank and unfettered pleasure is a fundamental part of the Playboy credo, nowhere is it richer and more free from formula than in this, its finest fiction."@en ;
    schema:description "From the inception of Playboy in 1953, the magazine made it clear that publishing fiction of the highest quality would be an essential part of its philosophy. This superlative gathering of stories offers persuasive proof of how well the magazine has lived up to that intent. It was a daunting task to select the very best short story from each of Playboy's forty years - with a special bonus from 1971, when tales by Nobel Prize-winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, at his most magically sensuous, and Vladimir Nabokov, at his most wickedly witty, both irresistibly demanded to be included. The result is an enthralling array that well may amaze even the most ardent Playboy fans, not to mention those unfamiliar with the stellar quality of the magazine and the rich variety of literary genius that has graced its pages."@en ;
    schema:description "Such names as Joyce Carol Oates, James Jones, Jack Kerouac, James Thurber, Nelson Algren, Bernard Malamud, Shirley Jackson, Philip Roth, James Baldwin, John Cheever, John Updike, Irwin Shaw, Joseph Heller, and Norman Mailer make this collection not only a feast of fiction to be relished but a virtual history of the best American writing of the second half of the twentieth century. And from beyond our borders come such writers as Jorge Luis Borges playing a provocative mind game as only he can; Sean O'Faolain with a tale of seduction Irish-style; Bharati Mukherjee offering an erotic adventure in Latin America; and the rising new master of Japanese fiction Haruki Murakami putting a surreal slant on love and marriage. Here, too, of course, are the writers who established themselves as Playboy stars before going on to win still wider acclaim, among them Bruce Jay Friedman, Herbert Gold, and Charles Beaumont."@en ;
    schema:exampleOfWork <http://worldcat.org/entity/work/id/836959326> ;
    schema:genre "Short stories"@en ;
    schema:genre "Fiction"@en ;
    schema:inLanguage "en" ;
    schema:isSimilarTo <http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/623131610> ;
    schema:name "Playboy stories : the best of forty years of short fiction"@en ;
    schema:productID "28583199" ;
    schema:publication <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/28583199#PublicationEvent/new_york_dutton_1994> ;
    schema:publisher <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/836959326#Agent/dutton> ; # Dutton
    schema:workExample <http://worldcat.org/isbn/9780452271173> ;
    schema:workExample <http://worldcat.org/isbn/9780525937357> ;
    wdrs:describedby <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/28583199> ;
    .


Related Entities

<http://dbpedia.org/resource/New_York_City> # New York
    a schema:Place ;
    schema:name "New York" ;
    .

<http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh85004320> # American fiction--20th century
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "American fiction--20th century"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1007815> # Manners and customs
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Manners and customs"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1117064> # Short stories, American
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Short stories, American"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1204155> # United States.
    a schema:Place ;
    schema:name "United States." ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/807048> # American fiction
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "American fiction"@en ;
    .

<http://viaf.org/viaf/114107062> # Alice K. Turner
    a schema:Person ;
    schema:familyName "Turner" ;
    schema:givenName "Alice K." ;
    schema:name "Alice K. Turner" ;
    .

<http://worldcat.org/isbn/9780452271173>
    a schema:ProductModel ;
    schema:isbn "0452271177" ;
    schema:isbn "9780452271173" ;
    .

<http://worldcat.org/isbn/9780525937357>
    a schema:ProductModel ;
    schema:isbn "0525937358" ;
    schema:isbn "9780525937357" ;
    .

<http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/623131610>
    a schema:CreativeWork ;
    rdfs:label "Playboy stories." ;
    schema:description "Online version:" ;
    schema:isSimilarTo <http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/28583199> ; # Playboy stories : the best of forty years of short fiction
    .


Content-negotiable representations

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.