Object Lessons: The Paris Review Presents the Art of the Short Story (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Oct 2, 2012 - Fiction - 368 pages
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Twenty contemporary authors introduce twenty sterling examples of the short story from the pages of The Paris Review.
 What does it take to write a great short story? In Object Lessons, twenty contemporary masters of the genre answer that question, sharing favorite stories from the pages of The Paris Review. Over the course of the last half century, the Review has launched hundreds of careers while publishing some of the most inventive and best-loved stories of our time. This anthology---the first of its kind---is more than a treasury: it is an indispensable resource for writers, students, and anyone else who wants to understand fiction from a writer’s point of view. "Some chose classics. Some chose stories that were new even to us. Our hope is that this collection will be useful to young writers, and to others interested in literary technique. Most of all, it is intended for readers who are not (or are no longer) in the habit of reading short stories. We hope these object lessons will remind them how varied the form can be, how vital it remains, and how much pleasure it can give."—from the Editors’ Note WITH SELECTIONS BYDaniel Alarcón · Donald Barthelme · Ann Beattie · David Bezmozgis · Jorge Luis Borges · Jane Bowles · Ethan Canin · Raymond Carver · Evan S. Connell · Bernard Cooper · Guy Davenport · Lydia Davis · Dave Eggers · Jeffrey Eugenides · Mary Gaitskill · Thomas Glynn · Aleksandar Hemon · Amy Hempel · Mary-Beth Hughes · Denis Johnson · Jonathan Lethem · Sam Lipsyte · Ben Marcus · David Means · Leonard Michaels · Steven Millhauser · Lorrie Moore · Craig Nova · Daniel Orozco · Mary Robison · Norman Rush · James Salter · Mona Simpson · Ali Smith · Wells Tower · Dallas Wiebe · Joy Williams

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Review: Object Lessons: The Paris Review Presents the Art of the Short Story

User Review  - Zeny May Dy Recidoro - Goodreads

I bought this book in the hopes that I could learn a thing or two in improving my fiction writing. But as it turns out, the essays which accompanies the short stories within this collection were but ... Read full review

Review: Object Lessons: The Paris Review Presents the Art of the Short Story

User Review  - Steve - Goodreads

I'm not the right type of reader for story collections like that. I liked some stories, not so much others. None of them will stay with me. Ok, maybe the Carver story. I will enjoy story collections ... Read full review

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Established in 1953, The Paris Review is America’s preeminent literary magazine.

Lorin Stein is the editor of The Paris Review.

Sadie Stein is deputy editor of The Paris Review. They are not related.

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