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Best American Short Stories of the Century (99 - Old Edition)by John Updike
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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.
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).
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.
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.'
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