I didn't understand some of her choices in this collection. In the introduction she says "the challenge was to discover, wherever possible, short stories by our finest writers that were less known than the stories by these writers usually found in anthologies, yet of equal merit and interest," but for Edgar Allan Poe she included "The Tell-Tale Heart," and for Hemingway she included "Hills Like White Elephants." Both writers have a large body of work to choose from. She notes this in the introduction as well, but I disagree with her reasoning. Poe has plenty of other stories of comparable quality and length. For other writers, she chose stories that I don't think exhibited the best qualities of the authors, but were simply lesser-known stories. I also noticed that she claimed not to have room for experimental writers such as John Barth and Robert Coover, who represent a huge movement in American short fiction, but she included plenty of her little-known colleagues at Princeton (not to mention her own story--I agree that she is a notable and important American writer, but her own list of published works and awards is quite obviously three times the length of any other writers' bio; for other writers, she chose just a few important titles).
My other big complaint concerns the abundance of typos. The later in the book, the more typos, to the point where there is almost one mistake per page. The typos include things like ending sentences and even paragraphs with commas instead of periods, leaving out letters in the middle of words, omitting beginning em dashes (such as in King's "The Reach," which had more typos than any other story), and forgetting closing quotation marks, which gets very confusing in stories with lots of dialogue. Some readers aren't bothered by this, but I find it distracting. For a book attached to two such big names (Oxford and Joyce Carol Oates), I was disappointed.