Short Stories: Five Decades

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Open Road Media, Feb 26, 2013 - Fiction - 756 pages
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A wide-ranging fictional portrait of life in postwar America by an acclaimed New Yorker short story writer and #1 New York Times–bestselling novelist.
Irwin Shaw was a star of the New Yorker’s fiction pages in the 1930s and ’40s. His prose helped shape the landscape of post-war fiction, and his work drew from a remarkable life that spanned from American football fields to European battlefields, Broadway to Hollywood, Depression-era saloons to the McCarthy hearings. Among these sixty-three stories are iconic works such as “The Eighty-Yard Run,” a tale of an American dream crippled on Black Monday, and “Main Currents in American Thought,” in which a hack radio copywriter is tormented by the glitz of show business. Through the decades, Shaw’s writing —as demonstrated in these pages—maintains the  clear-eyed  moral purpose, rich in wit and startling insight, of a tough kid with a philosopher’s soul.
 This ebook features an illustrated biography of Irwin Shaw including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate.

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Uneven, but often masterful. Check out "The Girls in Their Summer Dresses" and its teasing evocation of desire. Read full review


Introduction by Irwin Shaw
Borough of Cemeteries
Main Currents of American Thought
Second Mortgage
Strawberry Ice Cream Soda
The Girls in Their Summer Dresses
Search Through the Streets of the City
The Monument
Act of Faith
The Man with One
The Passion of Lance Corporal Hawkins
The Dry Rock
Noises in the City
The Inhabitants of Venus
Then We Were Three
Whispers in Bedlam

Return to Kansas City
No Jury Would Convict
The Deputy Sheriff
Stop Pushing Rocky
Preach on the Dusty Roads
Where All Things Wise and Fair Descend
Full Many a Flower
A Biography of Irwin Shaw

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Irwin Shaw (1913–1984) was an acclaimed, award-winning author who grew up in New York City and graduated from Brooklyn College in 1934. His first play, Bury the Dead (1936), has become an anti-war classic. He went on to write several more plays, more than a dozen screenplays, two works of nonfiction, dozens of short stories (for which he won two O. Henry awards), and twelve novels, including The Young Lions (1948) and Rich Man, Poor Man (1970). William Goldman, author of Temple of Gold and Marathon Man, says of Shaw: “He is one of the great storytellers and a pleasure to read.” For more about Shaw’s life and work, visit

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