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21 essential American short stories

Format: Print Book 2011
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A vibrant journey through the annals ofnbsp;classic American short stories

21 Essential American Short Stories is a collection of beloved stories that have comprised an important part of the fabric of our culture, from the earliest days of our nation to the twentieth century.nbsp;Some of the stories, such as Washington Irving's "Rip Van Winkle," O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi," William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily,"nbsp;Charlottenbsp;Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper," andnbsp;James Thurber's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," have beennbsp;long regarded as literary classics, whilenbsp;others, such as Frank Stockton's "The Lady or the Tiger?" and Ellis Parker Butler's "Pigs Is Pigs," are lesser known but well worth discovering.

The carefully selected stories, each preceded by an illuminating headnote,nbsp;powerfully illustrate the varied richness of our national literaturenbsp;andnbsp;history. This beautifully packaged volume, containing the unforgettable classic short stories that evoke our shared American tradition and national identity, makes the perfect gift for the short story aficionado and novice alike.

Rip Van Winkle / by Washington Irving
The purloined letter / by Edgar Allan Poe
Bartleby the scrivener / by Herman Melville
The celebrated jumping frog of Calaveras County / by Mark Twain
An occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge / by Ambrose Bierce
The yellow wallpaper / by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Brer Rabbit and the Tar-Baby / by Joel Chandler Harris
The blue hotel / by Stephen Crane
The lady or the tiger? / by Frank Stockton
Pigs is pigs / by Ellis Parker Butler
To build a fire / by Jack London
The bar sinister / by Richard Harding Davis
The gift of the Magi / by O. Henry
The diamond as big as the Ritz / by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The killers / by Ernest Hemingway
Leiningen versus the ants / by Carl Stephenson
The pomegranate seed / by Edith Wharton
The call of Cthulhu / by H.P. Lovecraft
The secret life of Walter Mitty / by James Thurber
A rose for Emily / by William Faulkner
The lottery / by Shirley Jackson.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "No one would envy Leslie Pockell. If charged with selecting 21 short stories from the copious canon of American short fiction, anyone would cower. Fortunately, Pockell accepted the charge and has provided a thoughtful collection. Inevitably, such an effort requires selection, which means exclusions. Where are Flannery O'Connor and John Cheever? 21 Essential American Short Stories does not include a story originally published after 1948. Excluding a half-century of stories deprives the collection of completeness. Fortunately, Americans have been writing great stories for a long time, and Pockell has selected a cornucopia of classics, some well known and some lesser known. The collection is arranged chronologically and peppers humor (Ellis Parker Butler's Pigs Is Pigs, Ernest Hemingway's The Killers, and James Thurber's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty ) with sorrow (Herman Melville's Bartlelby the Scrivener, Ambrose Bierce's An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, and Stephen Crane's The Blue Hotel ). Twain, Gilman, and Fitzgerald provide further shape. Pockell made shrewd decisions and compiled a collection worthy of its place on the shelf.--Parsons, Blair Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Short stories, American.
Short stories.
Publisher New York :Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press,2011
Edition 1st ed.
Other Titles Twenty-one essential American short stories
Contributors Pockell, Leslie.
Language English
Description xv, 300 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 9780312648039 (hardcover)
0312648030 (hardcover)
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