Great American short stories, Volume 2703

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Dell, Oct 1, 1985 - Fiction - 511 pages
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A useful anthology that stretches over 200 years of writing.

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User Review  - Nathan - Goodreads

Classic American writers and fine examples of their short stories. Also could be a survey of American short story writing and culture. Read full review

Review: Great American Short Stories

User Review  - Goodreads

Was glad to get a good compilation of short stories. Did not read all of the stories, but the book provided me with authors I wanted to read. Read full review


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About the author (1985)

In 1972, Stegner won a Pulitzer Prize for Angle of Repose (1971), a novel about a wheelchair-bound man's re-creation of his New England grandmother's experience in a late nineteenth-century frontier town. As a result, Stegner is undergoing something of a revival. His work enjoys a new appreciation for its traditional narrative forms, its use of rich detail, and the unpretentious way it treats general social and psychological issues. For readers tired or confused by postmodernist fiction, Stegner offers relief. Stegner may also be the beneficiary of a quickening of interest in the latest literary westward expansion that includes such diverse writers as Jane Smiley and Larry McMurtry. Stegner's novels and stories are profoundly influenced by the American West where he grew up, and he wants to construct the history of a place where people went, often trying to escape the past. Moving between Eastern "cultivation" and Western "nature," Stegner's novels trace various stages in the Westward movement of the American experience. Against this broad cultural landscape, showing the modern betrayal of the past, Stegner details individual human behavior through a range of fully conceived and finely drawn characters. He is a master at tracing the changes over time in marriages and friendships, as well as at depicting the poignant tensions between a mind that remains strong in a body that is succumbing to illness.