Synopses & Reviews
Since its establishment in 1919, the O. Henry Prize stories collection has offered an exciting selection of the best stories published in hundreds of literary magazines every year. Such classic works of American literature as Ernest Hemingways The Killers
(1927); William Faulkners Barn Burning
(1939); Carson McCullers A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud
(1943); Shirley Jacksons The Lottery
(1949); J.D. Salingers For Esme with Love and Squalor
(1963); John Cheevers The Country Husband
(1956) ; and Flannery OConners Everything that Rises Must Converge
(1963) all were O. Henry Prize stories.
An accomplished new series editor--novelist and short story writer Laura Furman--has read more than a thousand stories to identify the 20 winners, each one a pleasure to read today, each one a potential classic. The O. Henry Prize Stories 2003 also contains brief essays from each of the three distinguished judges on their favorite story, and comments from the prize-winning writers on what inspired their stories. There is nothing like the ever rich, surprising, and original O. Henry collection for enjoying the contemporary short story.
The Thing in the Forest A. S. Byatt
The Shell Collector Anthony Doerr
Burn Your Maps Robyn Jay Leff
Lush Bradford Morrow
Gods Goodness Marjorie Kemper
Bleed Blue in Indonesia Adam Desnoyers
The Story Edith Pearlman
Swept Away T. Coraghessan Boyle
Meanwhile Ann Harleman
Three Days. A Month. More. Douglas Light
The High Road Joan Silber
Election Eve Evan S. Connell
Irish Girl Tim Johnston
What Went Wrong Tim OBrien
The American Embassy Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Kissing William Kittredge
Sacred Statues William Trevor
Two Words Molly Giles
Fathers Alice Munro
Train Dreams Denis Johnson
"You get the sense that this latest volume...is a much better sampling of literature from a single year than usual. Overall, a highly talented lineup and well worth the asking price." Kirkus Reviews
Eighty-five year-old prize offering the best in short fiction.
Contains brief essays from each of the three distinguished judges on their favourite story, and comments from the prize-winning writers on what inspired their stories. There is nothing like the ever-rich, surprising and original O Henry collection for enjoying the contemporary short story.
About the Author
Laura Furman's work has appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Ploughshares, The Yale Review, and other magazines. She is the founding editor of the highly regarded American Short Fiction (three-time finalist for the American Magazine Award). A professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin, she teaches in the graduate James A. Michener Center for writers. She lives in Austin.
Table of Contents
The thing in the forest /A. S. Byatt --The shell collector /Anthony Doerr --Burn your maps /Robyn Joy Leff -- Lush /Bradford Morrow --God's goodness /Marjorie Kemper --Bleed blue in Indonesia /Adam Desnoyers --The story /Edith Pearlman --Swept away /T. Coraghessan Boyle --Meanwhile /Ann Harleman --Three days. a month. more. /Douglas Light --The high road /Joan Silber --Election eve /Evan S. Connell --Irish girl /Tim Johnston --What went wrong /Tim O'Brien --The American embassy /Chimamanda Nqozi Adichie --Kissing /William Kittredge --Sacred statues /William Trevor -- Two words /Molly Giles --Fathers /Alice Munro --Train dreams /Denis Johnson.