Synopses & Reviews
"When it comes to fiction, writes Esquire's literary editor Miller in her
introduction, the magazine's mandate has always been to 'publish stories
that take hold of you and don't let go.' To see just how those stories have
evolved over the past 70 years is one of the pleasures of this anthology...a
chance to rediscover some of the best of 20th-century short fiction." Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Beginning with its first issue in 1933, Esquire has been intent on showcasing literary talent. This brick of a book 816 pages is all the evidence one needs that the magazine has made a difference....The authors included in this volume constitute a roll call of pure writing talent....Esquire's Big Book of Fiction works because Miller has chosen well from among the 2,000-plus short stories that have graced the magazine. She has good taste, and she has selected a broad range of themes and approaches. If you don't like one of the stories here, chances are you'll be bowled over by the next one or the one after that." John Eberhart,
The Kansas City Star
Since the first issue was published in 1933, Esquire has played a vibrant and vital role in American literary history. The magazine has been passionately dedicated to publishing short fiction that is lively, enlightening, but also necessary, and has, over the decades, helped launchthe careers of many of the most important writers of the century. This celebration of Esquire fiction contains forty-nine of the most outstandingshort stories to have appeared in the magazine.
Esquire's Big Book of Fiction features work from every decade of Esquire'slife-from Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck in the Thirties, Irwin Shaw in the Forties, Norman Mailer and John Barth in the Fifties, Philip Roth and John Updike in the Sixties, Barry Hannah and Harold Brodkey in the Seventies, Tobias Wolff and Tim O'Brien in the Eighties and Robert Stone and Russell Banks in the Nineties.
Collected here are "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" by Ernest Hemingway; "The Death of Justina" by John Cheever; "Towel Season" by Ron Carlson; "Parker's Back" by Flannery O'Connor; "Adult World (I)" and "Adult World (II)" by David Foster Wallace; "Neighbors" by Raymond Carver; "Fleur" by Louise Erdrich; "A Man in the Way" by F. Scott Fitzgerald; "In the Men's Room of the Sixteenth Century by Don DeLillo; "Rock Springs" by Richard Ford; "The Remobilization of Jacob Horner" by John Barth; and "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien.
Esquire's Big Book of Fiction is a stunning appraisal of the state of fiction in the 20th century, and beyond, and is a testament to the prominence and durability of one of the last remaining publications for short fiction in the country.