The Oxford book of American short stories

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In The Oxford Book of American Short Stories, Joyce Carol Oates offers a sweeping survey of American short fiction, in a collection of nearly sixty tales that combines classic works with many "different, unexpected" gems, and that invites readers to explore a wealth of important pieces by women and minority writers.

Some selections simply can't be improved on, Oates admits, and she happily includes such time-honored works as Irving's "Rip Van Winkle" and Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart." But alongside these often-anthologized tales, Oates introduces such little-known stories as Mark Twain's "Cannibalism in the Cars," a work that reveals a darker side to his humor. From Melville come the juxtaposed tales "The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids," of which Oates says, "only Melville could have fashioned out of 'real' events...such harrowing and dreamlike allegorical fiction." The reader will also delight in the range of authors found here, from Charles W. Chesnutt, Jean Toomer, and Sarah Orne Jewett, to William Carlos Williams, Kate Chopin, and Langston Hughes, to Ray Bradbury, H.P. Lovecraft, and Stephen King.

For the second edition, Oates has introduced a wide range of new stories from writers who represent the state of American literature today. These new works include Lorrie Moore's "How to Become a Writer," Richard Ford's "Under the Radar," Junot Diaz's "Edison, New Jersey," David Foster Wallace's "Good People," Philip Roth's "Defender of the Faith," and Amy Hempel's "Today Will Be a Quiet Day." As in the original volume, Oates provides fascinating introductions to each writer, blending biographical information with her own trenchant observations about their work. In addition, she has written a new preface that contemplates our shifting literary culture, and has revised her introductory essay to the first edition, in which she offers the fruit of years of reflection on a genre in which she herself is a master.
Rip Van Winkle / Washington Irving
Peter Rugg, the missing man / William Austin
The wives of the dead / Nathaniel Hawthorne
The tell-tale heart / Edgar Allan Poe
The ghost in the mill / Harriet Beecher Stowe
The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids / Herman Melville
Cannibalism in the cars / Samuel Clemens
The middle years / Henry James
A white heron / Sarah Orne Jewett
The storm / Kate Chopin
Old Woman Magoun / Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
The sheriff's children / Charles Chesnutt
The yellow wallpaper / Charlotte Perkins Gilman
A journey / Edith Wharton
The little regiment / Stephen Crane
A death in the desert / Willa Cather
The strength of God / Sherwood Anderson
In a far country / Jack London
The girl with a pimply face / William Carlos Williams
The rats in the walls / H.P. Lovecraft
Blood-burning moon / Jean Toomer
An alcoholic case / F. Scott Fitzgerald
That evening sun / William Faulkner
Hills like white elephants / Ernest Hemingway
Red-headed baby / Langston Hughes
The man who was almost a man / Richard Wright
A bottle of milk for mother / Nelson Algren
Where is the voice coming from? / Eudora Welty
A distant episode / Paul Bowles
The country husband / John Cheever
Battle royal / Ralph Ellison
My son the murderer / Bernard Malamud
The lottery / Shirley Jackson
There will come soft rains / Ray Bradbury
Sonny's blues / James Baldwin
A late encounter with the enemy / Flannery O'Connor
The shawl / Cynthia Ozirk
The school / Donald Barthelme
The persistence of desire / John Updike
Defender of the faith / Philip Roth
The mud below / Annie Proulx
Are these actual miles? / Raymond Carver
Heat / Joyce Carol Oates
The child screams and looks back at you / Russell Banks
Give it up for Billy / Edmund White
Under the radar / Richard Ford
Hunters in the snow / Tobias Wolff
The things they carried / Tim O'Brien
The reach / Stephen King
Filthy with things / T. C. Boyle
Today will be a quiet day / Amy Hempel
Fleur / Louise Erdrich
The drowned life / Jeffrey Ford
Children as enemies / Ha Jin
How to become a writer / Lorrie Moore
Good people / David Foster Wallace
Mercy / Pinckney Benedict
Hell-Heaven / Jhumpa Lahiri
Edison, New Jersey / Junot Diaz.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Short-story master Oates resumes her editorial command to refit this cornerstone anthology for the twenty-first century. As in the first edition, published 20 years ago, Oates begins with such classic American writers as Hawthorne, Poe, Wharton, and Cather and moves on to Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Welty, Baldwin, and Cheever. But she now includes H. P. Lovecraft, Nelson Algren, Stephen King, T. C. Boyle, Amy Hempel, Ha Jin, David Foster Wallace, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Junot Diaz. Deeply schooled in the history of the form, Oates suggests that the most profound change in the American short story may be the movement from the mythic to the anecdotal, from a mode of impersonal storytelling . . . to a mode of storytelling that is intensely personal, self-conscious, and narrated in a distinctive 'voice.' This, along with a multiplicity of cultures and unifying issues, has radically altered American fiction in parallel with social transformations, and Oates' striking selections embody this literary vitality and the embracing empathy it engenders. Oates' personal definition of the form is that it represents a concentration of imagination, and the resulting intensification is evident and thrilling in every short story she presents, each preceded by a lively author miniprofile. The result is a substantial and superb treasury that will deepen every fiction collection.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Short stories.
Publisher Oxford ; New York :Oxford University Press,2013
Edition 2nd ed.
Contributors Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938-
Language English
Notes Includes index.
Description xix, 873 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780199744398 (pbk.)
0199744394 (pbk.)
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