Major American Short Stories
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Major American Short Stories

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This third edition of a highly successful anthology traces the American short story from Irving, Poe, and Hawthorne to contemporary writers such as Cooper, Updike, Joyce Carol Oates, and Raymond Carver. Identifying strands of developmemt such as 'Regionalism and Realism', and the establishment of the short story as 'A National Art Form', the editor also includes a better representation of women writers and writers of colour in this new edition.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 896 pages
  • 152 x 234 x 38mm | 1,202.01g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • black and white halftones
  • 0195078993
  • 9780195078992
  • 438,067

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Strongly emphasizing the works of major writers such as Hawthorne, Poe, James, Irving, Twain, and Faulkner, this latest edition of a remarkably successful text ranges from the traditional to the modern experimental fictions of Barth, Barthelme, and Coover. Edited by one of the most prominent experts in the field, the new edition addresses the needs of a changing readership by presenting more works by women, writers of color, and contemporary authors, including Kate Chopin, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Zora Neale Hurston, Robert Stone, Raymond Carver, Alice Walker, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Louise Erdrich. Preceding each section is an introductory essay discussing individual works and the development of the genre, and biographical and bibliographical notes for each author are also provided, making this the definitive source for exploring the full range of American contributions to the short story.show more

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'should be in every literate household ... It's a near-perfect blend of vintages, one that doesn't duck the occasional necessity of going for an obvious choice.' Scotland on Sundayshow more

About A. Walton Litz

Professor of English at Princeton University, A. Walton Litz has edited or co-edited over thirty textbooks, anthologies, and editions. He is a surrogate delagate for OUP NY.show more

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'should be in every literate household ... It's a near-perfect blend of vintages, one that doesn't duck the occasional necessity of going for an obvious choice.' Scotland on Sundayshow more

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