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American Short Story Masterpieces

American Short Story Masterpieces

(1987)
An anthology of stories edited by

 
In the introduction to this collection, Carver mentions an earlier volume, Short Story Masterpieces published in 1954. The 36 tales here, he says, are distinguished by a similar narrative durability and stand up to the classic stories of that earlier generation. No argument. These unexperimental stories are substantial, solid and, to a paragraph, satisfying. By American writers exclusively (the earlier collection was one-third English and Irish), the offerings are arranged alphabetically by author, from James Baldwin's ''Sonny's Blues'' to ''The Liar'' by Tobias Wolff. Between is an assortment of modern classics: Doctorow's powerful and lyric story of betrayal, ''Willi,'' Flannery O'Connor's chilling ''A Good Man Is Hard to Find,'' Roth's ''The Conversion of the Jews'' and Arthur Miller's near-perfect ''The Misfits.'' Other pleasures lie in the wisdom and dignity that mark ''Talk of Heroes'' by Carol Bly, in the characteristic energy of Elkins's ''A Poetics for Bullies,'' in the spare surprise of David Quammen's ''Walking Out'' and in the views of modern mall life from Bobbie Ann Mason, Joyce Carol Oates and Jayne Anne Phillips. There are also tales from Helprin, Brautigan, Bourjaily, Carver, Salter, Paley and others. Missing are authors, such as Cheever and Welty, whose works were included in the 1954 Masterpieces, as well as those writing outside the narrative tradition. While this is not a comprehensive collection, its selections are indeed masterpiecestestament to the hearty good health of the traditional modern short story and proof of the genre's continuing rewards.

 
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Hardback Editions

July 2008 : USA Library Binding
Title: American Short Story Masterpieces
Author(s): Raymond Carver
ISBN: 1-4395-1356-2 / 978-1-4395-1356-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Paw Prints 2008-07-10
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October 1999 : USA Library Binding
Title: American Short Story Masterpieces
Author(s): Tom Jenks
ISBN: 0-8335-3079-8 / 978-0-8335-3079-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bt Bound
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March 1987 : USA Hardback
Title: American Short Story Masterpieces
Author(s): Tom Jenks
ISBN: 0-385-29524-3 / 978-0-385-29524-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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Paperback Editions

January 1900 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: American Short Story Masterpieces: A Rich Selection of Recent Fiction from America's Best Modern Writers
Author(s): Tom Jenks
ISBN: 0-440-20423-2 / 978-0-440-20423-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dell
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