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Since the series' inception in 1915, the annual volumes of The Best American Short Stories have launched literary careers, showcased the most compelling stories of each year, and confirmed for all time the significance of the short story in our national literature. Now THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES OF THE CENTURY brings together the best of the best - fifty-five extraordinary stories that represent a century's worth of unsurpassed accomplishments in this quintessentially American literary genre. Here are the stories that have endured the test of time: masterworks by such writers as Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Willa Cather, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Saroyan, Flannery O'Connor, John Cheever, Eudora Welty, Philip Roth, Joyce Carol Oates, Raymond Carver, Cynthia Ozick, and scores of others. These are the writers who have shaped and defined the landscape of the American short story, who have unflinchingly explored all aspects of the human condition, and whose works will continue to speak to us as we enter the next century. Their artistry is represented splendidly in these pages. THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES series has also always been known for making literary discoveries, and discovery proved to be an essential part of selecting the stories for this volume too. Collections from years past yielded a rich harvest of surprises, stories that may have been forgotten but still retain their relevance and luster. The result is a volume that not only gathers some of the most significant stories of our century between two covers but resurrects a handful of lost literary gems as well. Of all the great writers whose work has appeared in the series, only John Updike's contributions have spanned five consecutive decades, from his first appearance, in 1959, to his most recent, in 1998. Updike worked with coeditor Katrina Kenison to choose stories from each decade that meet his own high standards of literary quality.

Synopsis:

Since the series' inception in 1915, the annual volumes of The Best American Short Stories have launched literary careers, showcased the most compelling stories of each year, and confirmed for all time the significance of the short story in our national literature. Now THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES OF THE CENTURY brings together the best — fifty-six extraordinary stories that represent a century's worth of unsurpassed achievements in this quintessentially American literary genre. This expanded edition includes a new story from The Best American Short Stories 1999 to round out the century, as well as an index including every story published in the series.

Of all the writers whose work has appeared in the series, only John Updike has been represented in each of the last five decades, from his first appearance, in 1959, to his most recent, in 1998. Updike worked with coeditor Katrina Kenison to choose the finest stories from the years since 1915. The result is "extraordinary . . . A one-volume literary history of this country's immeasurable pains and near-infinite hopes" (Boston Globe).

Synopsis:

John Updike has selected enduring stories from the eighty-four annual volumes of THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES, and the result is "a spectacular tapestry of fictional achievement" (Entertainment Weekly). Available for the first time on compact disc, this extraordinary collection features a wide variety of contemporary writers reading classics of the genre, along with authors reading from their own work. Containing twenty-two unabridged stories in all, the expanded audio edition includes a new story from THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 1999 to round out the century.

Synopsis:

For eighty-four years, the annual volumes of The Best American Short Stories have launched literary careers and showcased the most compelling stories of each year. Editor John Updike has chosen selections from these volumes that have endured the test of time, and the result is a "spectacular tapestry of fictional achievement" (Entertainment Weekly). This audio edition of The Best American Short Stories of the Century features a wide variety of beloved readers and dazzling stories that will take listeners on a trip through "America and the 20th century — at its best" (Wall Street Journal). Contents: Wild Plums by Grace Stone Coates, read by Ashley Warlick. Here We Are by Dorothy Parker, read by Meg Wolitzer. Christmas Gift by Robert Penn Warren, read by Christopher Tilghman. The Hitch-Hikers by Eudora Welty, read by Jill McCorkle. The Second Tree from the Corner by E. B. White, read by Donald Hall. The German Refugee by Bernard Malamud, read by Alan Cheuse. A City of Churches by Donald Barthelme, read by Rick Moody. Where I'm Calling From by Raymond Carver, read by Charles Baxter. You're Ugly, Too by Lorrie Moore, read by Lorrie Moore. The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, read by Tim O'Brien. Proper Library by Carolyn Ferrell, read by Carolyn Ferrell.

About the Author

'John Updike is the author of numerous books, including the acclaimed Rabbit novels, Couples, In the Beauty of the Lilies, and Bech at Bay. His novels have won the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, the American Book Award, the National Book Critics\' Circle Award, and the William Dean Howells Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Recently he received the 1998 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.Katrina Kenison has been the series editor of The Best American Short Stories since 1990. She currently resides in Massachusetts.'

Table of Contents

  1. Zelig /Benjamin Rosenblatt
  2. Little selves /Mary Lerner
  3. Jury of her peers /Susan Glaspell
  4. Other woman /Sherwood Anderson
  5. Golden honeymoon /Ring Lardner
  6. Blood-burning moon /Jean Toomer
  7. Killers /Ernest Hemingway
  8. Double birthday /Willa Cather
  9. Wild plums /Grace Stone Coates
  10. Theft /Katherine Anne Porter
  11. That evening sun go down /William Faulkner
  12. Here we are /Dorother Parker
  13. Crazy Sunday /F. Scott Fitzgerald
  14. My dead brother comes to America /Alexander Godin
  15. Resurrection of a life /William Saroyan
  16. Christmas gift /Robert Penn Warren
  17. Bright and morning star /Richard Wright
  18. Hitch-hikers /Eudora Welty
  19. Peach stone /Paul Horgan --"That in Aleppo once..." /Vladimir Nabokov
  20. Interior castle /Jean Stafford
  21. Miami-New York /Martha Gellhorn
  22. Second tree from the corner /E.B. White
  23. Farmer's children /Elizabeth Bishop
  24. Death of a favorite /J.F. Powers
  25. Resemblance between a violin case and a coffin /Tennessee Williams
  26. Country husband /John Cheever
  27. Greenleaf /Flannery O'Connor
  28. Ledge /Lawrence Sargent Hall
  29. Defender of the faith /Philip Roth
  30. Criers and kibitzers, kibitzers and criers /Stanley Elkin
  31. German refugee /Bernard Malamud
  32. Where are you going, where have you been? /Joyce Carol Oates
  33. Rotifer /Mary Ladd Gavell
  34. Gold Coast /James Alan McPherson
  35. Key /Isaac Bashevis Singer
  36. City of churches /Donald Barthelme
  37. How to win /Rosellen Brown
  38. Roses, rhododendron /Alice Adams
  39. Verona: a young woman speaks /Harold Brodkey
  40. Silver dish /Saul Bellow
  41. Gesturing /John Updike
  42. Shawl /Cynthia Ozick
  43. Where I'm calling from /Raymond Carver
  44. Janus /Ann Beattie
  45. Way we live now /Susan Sontag
  46. Things they carried /Tim O'Brien
  47. Meneseteung /Alice Munro
  48. You're ugly, too /Lorrie Moore
  49. I want to live ! /Thom Jones
  50. In the gloaming /Alice Elliott Dark
  51. Proper library /Carolyn Ferrell
  52. Birthmates /Gish Jen
  53. Soon /Pam Durban
  54. Half-skinned steer /Annie Proulx
  55. The Best Girlfriend You Never Had /Pam Houston.

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What a great way to discover author's you have not read or to find unique stories from those that are your favorites! This collection is from the best of the best and will likely have you adding different author's to your shelves. This beautiful, interesting book is an essential addition to your library. Makes a great gift for anyone - even the "person who has everything" loves to read, right?
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780395843680
Editor:
Updike, John
Editor:
Kenison, Katrina
Foreword:
Kenison, Katrina
Editor:
Updike, John
Editor:
Kenison, Katrina
Author:
Updike, John
Author:
Kenison, Katrina
Foreword:
Kenison, Katrina
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Location:
Boston :
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Short Stories (Anthologies)
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Short stories, American
Subject:
American fiction
Subject:
American fiction -- 20th century.
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Expanded ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Best American Series
Series Volume:
709
Publication Date:
April 1999
Binding:
CD-audio
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
800
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 2.67 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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Since the series' inception in 1915, the annual volumes of The Best American Short Stories have launched literary careers, showcased the most compelling stories of each year, and confirmed for all time the significance of the short story in our national literature. Now THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES OF THE CENTURY brings together the best — fifty-six extraordinary stories that represent a century's worth of unsurpassed achievements in this quintessentially American literary genre. This expanded edition includes a new story from The Best American Short Stories 1999 to round out the century, as well as an index including every story published in the series.

Of all the writers whose work has appeared in the series, only John Updike has been represented in each of the last five decades, from his first appearance, in 1959, to his most recent, in 1998. Updike worked with coeditor Katrina Kenison to choose the finest stories from the years since 1915. The result is "extraordinary . . . A one-volume literary history of this country's immeasurable pains and near-infinite hopes" (Boston Globe).

"Synopsis" by ,
John Updike has selected enduring stories from the eighty-four annual volumes of THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES, and the result is "a spectacular tapestry of fictional achievement" (Entertainment Weekly). Available for the first time on compact disc, this extraordinary collection features a wide variety of contemporary writers reading classics of the genre, along with authors reading from their own work. Containing twenty-two unabridged stories in all, the expanded audio edition includes a new story from THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 1999 to round out the century.
"Synopsis" by ,
For eighty-four years, the annual volumes of The Best American Short Stories have launched literary careers and showcased the most compelling stories of each year. Editor John Updike has chosen selections from these volumes that have endured the test of time, and the result is a "spectacular tapestry of fictional achievement" (Entertainment Weekly). This audio edition of The Best American Short Stories of the Century features a wide variety of beloved readers and dazzling stories that will take listeners on a trip through "America and the 20th century — at its best" (Wall Street Journal). Contents: Wild Plums by Grace Stone Coates, read by Ashley Warlick. Here We Are by Dorothy Parker, read by Meg Wolitzer. Christmas Gift by Robert Penn Warren, read by Christopher Tilghman. The Hitch-Hikers by Eudora Welty, read by Jill McCorkle. The Second Tree from the Corner by E. B. White, read by Donald Hall. The German Refugee by Bernard Malamud, read by Alan Cheuse. A City of Churches by Donald Barthelme, read by Rick Moody. Where I'm Calling From by Raymond Carver, read by Charles Baxter. You're Ugly, Too by Lorrie Moore, read by Lorrie Moore. The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, read by Tim O'Brien. Proper Library by Carolyn Ferrell, read by Carolyn Ferrell.
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