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No Hemingway - Fire the editor,
This review is from: The Granta Book of the American Short Story: v. 2 (Paperback)
About half of the stories selected are fairly dull. Many of course are astonishingly good, for example Killings by Andre Dubus, Reunion by John Cheever and the Farm by Joy Williams. Tobias Wolff is my favourite writer but Richard Ford has selected a story that while good, is nothing approaching his best; a recurring irritation in this selection. The most outrageous and unexplained omission (not a mention of it in the introduction) is the non-inclusion of a single story by Hemingway. (I don't believe there is any rights issue here by the way). It is like omitting Shakespeare from an anthology of drama through the ages, Dylan Thomas from the great Welsh poets, or Joyce from the 20th Century novel! Whether you like them or not, those three are a massive influence. Beware also of Ford's pompous, silly, long winded, and overly referential introduction.
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Initial post: 27 Oct 2011, 21:02:52 BST
Eileen Shaw says:
There's a whole new generation of writers now. Hemingway is a long time dead and his moment of ascendency has gone.
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Sep 2012, 14:32:45 BST
Isn't this a collection of post-war stories? I know Hemingway was still working, but his best work was done.
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