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The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Fiction [Paperback]

R.V. Cassill
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14 July 2004 0393968332 978-0393968330 2nd Revised edition
Master teachers and writers R. V. Cassill and Joyce Carol Oates offer here a refreshed and updated edition of The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Fiction, celebrating not only an enduring literary genre but also that genre's continuing energy and diversity.

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  • Paperback: 556 pages
  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co; 2nd Revised edition edition (14 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393968332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393968330
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.3 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,016,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good and interesting 18 Jun 1999
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Contray to what one review said this book is not dull and boring but autual fun and interesting. I recomened this book to people.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 20 Years Since Last Edition? 13 Feb 2009
By Victoria - Published on Amazon.com
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The editors of this anthology (including Joyce Carrol Oates) selected high-quality, cutting edge stories for inclusion. This anthology provides examples of the finest literary fiction written in the late 20th century. Unfortunately for readers, Norton decided to stop with this edition--which was released in 1988. At over 20 years old, some of the so-called contemporary stories were originally published in the late 1970s. The writing is no less good, but certainly the stories are not contemporary. Shame on Norton for this decision.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth buying. It was my textbook for a class! 27 Feb 2002
By Shadi Mirza - Published on Amazon.com
What can you say about a fiction anthology that a teacher actually used for a college class? Well, for one thing, you can say that it is probably one of the best representations of contemporary fiction that you can buy at a reasonable price.
There are so many great authors on here, that I don't know where to begin. The editors basically took every great short fiction author, and popped one of their best short stories into this anthology. I've read the whole book cover to cover a couple of times, and it still manages to inspire.
The editors did a good job of selecting stories that represent a broad range of literary styles. Carver's minimalism is represented here, as well as stories from a countless number of his contemporaries. A well rounded collection over all. I think it still might be a little pricey for its size, but it may be well worth it for the present content, regardles.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 8 Mar 2011
By Ellis Others - Published on Amazon.com
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I was required to purchase this book for a class. The book and the class were very enjoyable. This was one of the few texts that I didn't sell back at the end of the semester.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Turned out to be so much more than a book for school 29 Oct 2007
By Luke Weigel - Published on Amazon.com
My Creative Writing professor assigned this book for our class, and we read about two stories a week. However, after reading the assigned story, I found it increasingly difficult to stop at just one. Soon I found myself reading 4 or 5 stories at a time. Different themes and different characters do not stop these many short stories from repeating the same truths over and over again, the truth of human life. I have never read such realistic fiction, fiction that echoed so closely what I feel inside from one day to the next. These stories are honest, insightful, and beautiful, carefully assembled and chosen by Oates and Cassil. If you want an honest picture of life over the last century, buy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I know it's thirty bucks but it's worth it. 25 Jan 2001
By Ryan Krausmann - Published on Amazon.com
This 550-page anthology provides the best introduction to modern short fiction writing available to readers. This is "the textbook" for short story writing.
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