The Oxford Book of American Short Stories

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Joyce Carol Oates
Oxford University Press, 2013 - Fiction - 873 pages
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In The Oxford Book of American Short Stories, Joyce Carol Oates offers a sweeping survey of American short fiction, in a collection of nearly sixty tales that combines classic works with many "different, unexpected" gems, and that invites readers to explore a wealth of important pieces by women and minority writers.

Some selections simply can't be improved on, Oates admits, and she happily includes such time-honored works as Irving's "Rip Van Winkle" and Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart." But alongside these often-anthologized tales, Oates introduces such little-known stories as Mark Twain's "Cannibalism in the Cars," a work that reveals a darker side to his humor. From Melville come the juxtaposed tales "The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids," of which Oates says, "only Melville could have fashioned out of 'real' events...such harrowing and dreamlike allegorical fiction." The reader will also delight in the range of authors found here, from Charles W. Chesnutt, Jean Toomer, and Sarah Orne Jewett, to William Carlos Williams, Kate Chopin, and Langston Hughes, to Ray Bradbury, H.P. Lovecraft, and Stephen King.

For the second edition, Oates has introduced a wide range of new stories from writers who represent the state of American literature today. These new works include Lorrie Moore's "How to Become a Writer," Richard Ford's "Under the Radar," Junot Diaz's "Edison, New Jersey," David Foster Wallace's "Good People," Philip Roth's "Defender of the Faith," and Amy Hempel's "Today Will Be a Quiet Day." As in the original volume, Oates provides fascinating introductions to each writer, blending biographical information with her own trenchant observations about their work. In addition, she has written a new preface that contemplates our shifting literary culture, and has revised her introductory essay to the first edition, in which she offers the fruit of years of reflection on a genre in which she herself is a master.
  

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Review: The Oxford Book of American Short Stories (Oxford Paperbacks)

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Review: The Oxford Book of American Short Stories (Oxford Paperbacks)

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I've been reading this book for awhile, picking it up now and then. I like this collection both for the stories included and for the introductions provided by Joyce Carol Oates. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
WASHINGTON IRVING 17831859
15
WILLIAM AUSTIN 17781841
31
NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE 18041864
60
EDGAR ALLAN POE 18091849
67
HARRIET BEECHER STOWE 18111896
73
HERMAN MELVILLE 18191891
85
SAMUEL CLEMENS 18351910
107
RALPH ELLISON 19141994
441
BERNARD MALAMUD 19141986
457
SHIRLEY JACKSON 19161965
464
RAY BRADBURY b 1920
475
JAMES BALDWIN 19241987
482
FLANNERY OCONNOR 19251964
514
CYNTHIA OZICK b 1928
525
DONALD BARTHELME 19311989
531

HENRY JAMES 18431916
116
SARAH ORNE JEWETT 18491909
136
KATE CHOPIN 18511904
147
MARYE WILKINS FREEMAN 18521930
154
CHARLES CHESNUTT 18581932
173
CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMAN 18601935
191
EDITH WHARTON 18621937
208
STEPHEN CRANE 18711900
219
WILLA CATHER 18731947
238
SHERWOOD ANDERSON 18761941
259
JACK LONDON 18761916
267
WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS 18831963
283
H P LOVECRAFT 18901937
296
JEAN TOOMER 18941967
317
F SCOTT FITZGERALD 18961940
326
WILLIAM FAULKNER 18971962
335
ERNEST HEMINGWAY 18991961
353
LANGSTON HUGHES 19021967
359
RICHARD WRIGHT 19081960
365
NELSON ALGREN 19091981
378
EUDORA WELTY 19092001
395
PAUL BOWLES 19101999
402
JOHN CHEEVER 19121982
415
JOHN UPDIKE 19322009
535
PHILIP ROTH b 1933
546
ANNIE PROULX b 1935
577
RAYMOND CARVER 19381988
610
JOYCE CAROL OATES b 1938
619
RUSSELL BANKS b 1940
632
EDMUND WHITE b 1940
642
RICHARD FORD b 1944
660
TOBIAS WOLFF b 1945
671
TIM OBRIEN b 1946
688
STEPHEN KING b 1947
707
T C BOYLE b 1948
730
AMY HEMPEL b 1951
753
LOUISE ERDRICH b 1954
761
JEFFREY FORD b 1955
775
HA JIN b 1956
797
LORRIE MOORE b 1957
806
DAVID FOSTER WALLACE 19622008
814
PINCKNEY BENEDICT b 1964
823
JHUMPA LAHIRI b 1967
835
JUNOT DIAZ b 1968
856
Author Index
869
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Joyce Carol Oates is the National Book Award-winning author of over fifty novels, including bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, and The Gravedigger's Daughter. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University.

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