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The Oxford Book of American Short Stories (Oxford Paperbacks) [Paperback]

Joyce Carol Oates
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5 Oct 2000 Oxford Paperbacks
In The Oxford Book of American Short Stories, Joyce Carol Oates offers a sweeping survey of American short fiction, in a collection of fifty-nine 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. The collection ranges from time-honoured works by Irving, Poe, and Hemingway, to modern classics by authors such as Bharati Mukherjee, Amy Tan, Alice Adams, David Leavitt, Bobbie Ann Mason, and Tim O'Brien.

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  • Paperback: 782 pages
  • Publisher: OUP USA; New Ed edition (5 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195092627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195092622
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 316,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Only a novelist would ever think up such a project. Only a very good one could pull it off. (Observer)

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Joyce Carol Oates is one of America's pre-eminent writers. Since 1978 she has been on the faculty of Princton University and is co-editor of the Ontario Review.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent anthology 12 Oct 2011
Oates takes a typically expansive and broad view of the american short story, beginning at the beginning and including nearly everything in between. Nearly every story is worth reading, and there are many delight that will be unknown to many, especially in the earlier sections - many of these stories have a heartrendingly tragic power
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great winter read 29 Jun 2013
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This book is a perfect read for a long, dark and cozy winter break. The short stories are amazing. Some are with happy endings, while others leave you shedding a tear or two. There are also semi-scary,creepy and sinister short stories from famous authors.
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2.0 out of 5 stars ''just as new?!'' 13 Nov 2010
I appreciate this book was very very cheap, but it definitely isn't as 'good as new.' It has a tea stain all down the back inside cover and several of the pages and is generally crumpled. Shame on you seller!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Oates tries, but fails, to ruin a good thing. 8 Jan 1998
By chris@linworth.org - Published on Amazon.com
This is a solid cross-section of time, authors, style, intent, and soul. I taught this to 50+ teenagers with a high degree of success and corporate enjoyment. The primary downfall of the piece is that Oates comments before each story, sometimes playing the obnoxious neighbor by actually giving away the resolution. Read her comments after you read the story. Otherwise, great work.
35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A solid sampling of U.S. stories 5 Sep 2001
By Michael J. Mazza - Published on Amazon.com
"The Oxford Book of American Short Stories," edited by Joyce Carol Oates, is an impressive anthology. The editor herself is well-known as a master writer of short stories, so you know that she has insights into the genre.
This is a truly sweeping anthology. The authors (56 altogether) range chronologically from Washington Irving (1783-1859) to Pinckney Benedict (b. 1964). Many of the "giants" of U.S. literature, among them a number of Nobel and Pulitzer recipients, are included: Herman Melville ("The Paradise of Bachelors..."), Edgar Allan Poe ("The Tell-Tale Heart"), Edith Wharton ("A Journey"), Saul Bellow (Something to Remember Me By"), etc.
In her introduction, Oates notes that one of her goals in this anthology was to present "[f]amiliar names, unfamiliar titles." Thus, it is rewarding to see stories like "Cannibalism in the Cars," by Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain). But she does, in some cases, include an author's best-known story (like Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper"). A good balance overall.
Oates also includes many authors who represent ethnic currents in U.S. literature: African-American, Jewish, Native American, Latina, and Asian-American. There are also a number of "regional" writers.
There is a wide variety of themes and stylistic approaches represented in this book. I was particularly interested in those stories that represent various forms of American vernacular speech: Jean Toomer's "Blood-Burning Moon," Eudora Welty's "Where Is That Voice Coming From?", etc. I was also pleased at the inclusion of one of Ray Bradbury's masterful science fiction tales (the haunting "There Will Come Soft Rains").
Obviously, an anthology of this nature will not please everybody perfectly; I'm sure many readers will name favorite stories and authors whom they would have liked to have seen included in this collection. Personally, I would have added a story each by Alice Walker, Hisaye Yamamoto, Samuel Delany, H.P. Lovecraft, and Octavia Butler. But overall, this is a fine anthology, good both for classroom use and individual recreational reading.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top-rate short story collection 19 Sep 2007
By David - Published on Amazon.com
When I went to graduate school for a course of study that involved primarily reading, I did not want to spend too much free time reading. Because I find it hard to put down a book that I enjoy, it was hard to commit to a novel. So I became a devoted reader of short stories, including many anthologies and collections.
This collection by Joyce Carol Oates was, hands down, the best that I ever encountered. A hardcover volume makes a good graduation present for a young scholar, or someone who loves to read but cannot find the time for a novel.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strangely Excellent 21 Sep 2005
By GG Gawain - Published on Amazon.com
There is a beautiful strangeness to each of these stories that Joyce has melded into an unsettling yet perfect whole. Any professor of an MFA program will do well to expose his or her students to these neglected gems. The anthology takes the reader off the beaten path and opens the imagination to the ghostly jungle of possibility.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short stories 20 April 2010
By Edward L. Garr - Published on Amazon.com
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I am using this book as part of a class of seniors studying literature. We read the stories, then one of us leads a group discussion based on questions the leader has written. We have studied Great Books, Great Conversations, Great Religions, and philosophers over the last 2 years and thanks to a core of very bright and deep thinkers, I have developed new level of understanding of the minds of some of the best writers ever. This particular book is a fascinating anthology of the most exemplary works of some of the best writers in America.
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