The Pushcart Prize, Xxi: Best of the Small Presses 1997
Bill Henderson, Pushcart Prize Editors
Pushcart Press, Jul 1, 1997 - Literary Collections - 600 pages
The most honored literary series in America begins its third decade of continuous publication. Reviewing last year's edition of The Pushcart Prize, Booklist commented, "If you buy one 'best of' anthology this year, make it the Pushcart Prize." The Chicago Tribune recently raved: "When it comes to contemporary American literature, the small press is where the action is . . . of all anthologies, Pushcart's is the most rewarding to read straight through." In Pushcart Prize XXI, over sixty selections of short stories, essays, and poetry have been picked from thousands of nominations by Pushcart Press staff, contributing editors, and hundreds of small presses. This year Patricia Strachan and William Matthews served as poetry editors. The result is an introduction to a literary world that few readers have access to, where much of today's important new writing is published, far from the commercial influence of the conglomerates. The Pushcart Prize has been chosen for two Book-of-the-Month Club QPBC selections, named many times as "an outstanding book of the year" by the New York Times Book Review, and honored with Publishers Weekly's Carey-Thomas Award.
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The Pushcart prize XXI: best of the small pressesUser Review - Book Verdict
When the first edition of this annual anthology was published in 1976, one prominent reviewer hailed it as "a big, colorful, cheerful, gratifying samplecase of 56 small-press works." That description still holds--only the numbers are bigger: This year's volume is the largest in Pushcart history, with 31 poems, 21 stories, and ten essays from some 44 of the nation's "noncommercial" journals. As with any collection this size, it's a mixed bag. But nowhere else are readers afforded the opportunity both to sample the wares of well-known contemporary American writers (Bobbie Ann Mason, Andre Dubus, Barry Lopez, W.S. Merwin, Seamus Heaney, and James Merrill) while making the acquaintance of so many new ones worth knowing. A "gratifying samplecase," indeed, and one that belongs on the shelves of every library. Highly recommended.--David Sowd, formerly with Stark Cty. Dist. Lib., Canton, Ohio
Review: The 1997 Pushcart Prize XXIUser Review - Goodreads
A collection of short fiction, essays and poetry from the small press.