Denise Barnett, March 30, 2009 (view all comments by Denise Barnett)
This book is worth its' weight (big book!) As someone who will sit down with an old english textbook for a good short story, this volume impressed me with the most interesting variety of writers and stories. Great book to use as an introduction to writers you were not sure you would like but most likely will love!
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megcampbell3, January 12, 2008 (view all comments by megcampbell3)
This collection is as essential to understanding American history as any factual chronicle: these 55 stories lay out a landscape from the start of the 20th century to the end of it that, while it wouldn't be considered appropriate material for a masters course in 20th century American history, it should be. Wonderful, wonderful collection of short "fiction", and the perfect introduction to many writers some readers may have only heard of....
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by Entertainment Weekly,
"...a thrillingly energized argument for the enduring vitality of big ideas in small packages."
by The New York Times,
"Finding wonderful stories that you don't already know is one of this collection's great pleasures... "
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).
Including one new story and an Index by author of every story that has ever appeared in the series, this new volume offers a "spectacular tapestry of fictional achievement" ("Entertainment Weekly").
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