The Granta Book of the American Short Story

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Richard Ford
Granta Books, 1998 - Fiction - 710 pages
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The Granta Book of the American Short Story is a selection of the best works of American short fiction published in the last 50 years. Stories featured here include “A Day in the Open” by Jane Bowles; “Blackberry Winter” by Robert Penn Warren; “O City of Broken Dreams” by John Cheever; “The Magic Barrel” by Bernard Malamud; “In Time Which Made a Monkey of Us All” by Grace Paley; “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin; “Are These Actual Miles?” by Raymond Carver; and “You’re Ugly, Too” by Lorrie Moore. “Ford’s choice of stories is exemplary ... there’s wonderful reading here.” — The Washington Post
 

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A Day in the Open Jane Bowles
1
A Distant Episode Paul Bowles
11
Blackberry Winter Robert Penn Warren
23
O City of Broken Dreams John Cheever
44
The Lottery Shirley Jackson
62
The View from the Balcony Wallace Stegner
71
No Place For You My Love Eudora Welty
91
The State of Grace Harold Brodkey
109
Sonnys Blues James Baldwin
170
Venus Cupid Folly and Time Peter Taylor
200
Welcome to the Monkey House Kurt Vonnegut Jr
227
In the Zoo Jean Stafford
244
A Poetics for Butties Stanley Elkin
264
Upon the Sweeping flood Joyce Carol Gates
281
The Indian Uprising Donald Barthelme
297
In the Heart of the Heart of the Country William Gass
303

The Magic Barrel Bernard Malamud
119
Good Country People Flannery OConnor
135
In Time Which Made a Monkey of Us All Grace Paley
154
For Doc James Alan McPherson
328
The Babysitter Robert Coover
350

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About the author (1998)

He was born in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1944 & grew up there & in Little Rock, Arkansas. He graduated from Michigan State University & received an M. F. A. in 1970 from the University of California at Irvine. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts & American Academy of Arts & Letters Award for Literature. He was also given the 1994 Rea Award. In 2001 he was awarded the PEN/Malamud prize. He made The New York Times Best Seller List for his title's Canada and Let Me Be Frank with You. He was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction with his title, Let Me Be Frank With You.

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