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Treasury of American Short Stories [Hardcover]

Nancy Sullivan

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection of Short Stories, Now Out of Print But Available Used 4 Feb 2007
By J. Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
This is a comprehensive collection of American short stories starting with Washington Irving and going through to Ann Beatie. All of the writers are very well known and I make no attempt to rate the stories. One could make the argument that these are not the best short stories from each author, but as a group it is an impressive collection. It is best to look at the book that you will buy before completing the transaction since some copies are over 20 years old.

The book came out in approximately 1981, was re-published and is available under two different ISBN reference numbers plus one other number,i.e.: ASIN B000IQKI26. I assume they are all similar but there might be small variations in re-printing. I bought one of the later printings. It is an excellent value.

The contributors are listed in order of year of birth, oldest first, which is the same as their order of appearance of the stories in the book:

Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Nathaniel Hawthorne, Rappaccini's Daughter
Edgar Allen Poe, Ligeia
Herman Melville, Bartleby the Scrivener
Mark Twain, The 1,000,000 Bank Note
Bret Harte, The Gentleman of La Porte
Ambrose Pierce, A Horseman in the Sky
Henry James,The Real Thing
Sarah Orne Jewett, The Hilton's Holiday
Kate Chopin, A Shameful Affair
O Henry, The World and the Door
Edith Wharton, After Holbein
Stephen Crane, The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky
Theodore Dreiser, The Lost Phoebe
Willa Cather, Neighbour Rosicky
Sherwood Anderson, The Egg
Jack London, The God of His Fathers
Conrad Aiken, Life isn't a Short Story
Katherine Anne Porter, The Grave
Dorothy Parker, You Were Perfectly Fine
James Thurber, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Baby Party
William Faulkner, That Evening Sun
Ernest Hemingway, The Light of the World
Kay Boyle, Nothing Ever Breaks Except the Heart
John O'Hara, One for the Road
Josephine Jacobsen, A walk With Raschild
William Saroyan, The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze
Eudora Welty, A Worn Path
Hortense Calisher, The Night Club in the Woods
John Cheever, Torch Song
Jean Garrigue, The Snowfall
Delmore Schwartz, In Dreams Begin Responsibilities
Ralph Ellison, King of the Bingo Game
Bernard Malamud, Black is My Favorite Color
Saul Bellow, A Silver Dish
Carson McCullers, The Jockey
J.F. Powers, The Valiant Woman
Shirley Jackson, The Lottery
Peter Taylor, Three Heroines
Jane Mayhall, An Old-Fashion Story
Grace Paley, A Conversation With My father
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Welcome to the Monkey House
A.C. Hoffmann, Happy Families
James Baldwin, Sonny's Blues
Truman Capote, Children on Their Birthdays
Tome Filer, The Last Voyage
John Hawkes, The Grandmother
Flannery O'Connor, Parker's Back
Nancy Potter, Light Timber
Curtis Harnack, Voice of the Town
W.S. Merwin, Sand
John Barth, Lost in the Funhouse
Donald Barthelme, Concerning the Bodyguard
John Updike, The Bulgarian Poetess
Philip Roth, Looking at Kafka
LeRoi Jones, The Screamers
Woody Allen, The Kugelmass Episode
Russel Edson, A Man Who Writes
Joyce Carol Oates, In the Region of Ice
James Alan McPherson, A Matter of Vocabulary
Joy Williams, The Farm
Ann Beattie, A Reasonable Man.

Most stories are about 10 pages.
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