Playboy Stories: The Best of Forty Years of Short Fiction

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Alice K. Turner
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, 1995 - Fiction - 609 pages
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Such names as Joyce Carol Oates, James Jones, Jack Kerouac, James Thurber, Nelson Algren, Bernard Malamud, Shirley Jackson, Philip Roth, James Baldwin, John Cheever, John Updike, Irwin Shaw, Joseph Heller, and Norman Mailer make this collection not only a feast of fiction to be relished but a virtual history of the best American writing of the second half of the twentieth century. And from beyond our borders come such writers as Jorge Luis Borges playing a provocative mind game as only he can; Sean O'Faolain with a tale of seduction Irish-style; Bharati Mukherjee offering an erotic adventure in Latin America; and the rising new master of Japanese fiction Haruki Murakami putting a surreal slant on love and marriage. Here, too, of course, are the writers who established themselves as Playboy stars before going on to win still wider acclaim, among them Bruce Jay Friedman, Herbert Gold, and Charles Beaumont.

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Do not stare coldly at this collection and speculate that patrons who borrow it have Playboy rear-view mirror air fresheners in their cars and neo-Mediterranean waterbeds at home. This collection ... Read full review

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