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Major American Short Stories


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The Search for Form: Irving, Hawthorne, Poe, Melville and James Washington Irving: Rip Van Winkle; The Adventure of the German Student Nathaniel Hawthorne: Young Goodman Brown; Wakefield; Rappaccini's Daughter Ligeia; The Fall of the House of Usher; The Purloined Letter Herman Melville: Bartleby the Serivener Henry James: The Real Thing; The Jolly Corner Regionalism and Realism Mark Twain: The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County; How To Tell a Story Bret Harte: The Outcasts of Poker Flat William Dean Howells: Editha Sarah Orne Jewett: The Courting of Sister Wisby Kate Chopin: Desiree's Baby Charlotte Perkins Gilman: The Yellow Wallpaper Neighbor Rosicky: Willa Cather A National Art Form Stephen Crane: The Open Boat; Stephen Crane's Own Story Sherwood Anderson: I Want To Know Why F. Scott Fitzgerald: Babylon Revisited Ernest Hemingway: Big Two-Hearted River Zora Neale Hurston: The Gilded Six-Bits William Faulkner: Red Leaves; That Evening Sun Katherine Anne Porter: Flowering Judas Eudora Welty: Petrified Man Robert Penn Warren: Blackberry Winter Richard Wright: The Man Who Was Almost a Man Saul Bellow: Looking for Mr. Green Flannery O'Connor: A Good Man Is Hard To Find Bernard Malamud: The Magic Barrel Peter Taylor: Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time James Baldwin: Sonny's Blues Philip Roth: Defender of the Faith John Updike: The Doctor's Wife John Cheever: The World of Apples The Short Story Today John Barth: Lost in the Funhouse Donald Barthelme: The Indian Uprising Robert Coover: The Magic Poker Grace Paley: The Long-Distance Runner Joyce Carol Oates: Daisy Robert Stone: Helping Raymond Carver: Errand Alice Walker: Everyday Use Leslie Marmon Silko: Storyteller Louise Erdrich: Snares Biographical and Bibliographical Notes The American Short Story: A General Bibliography

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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.


"An original and ingenious selection of stories from the most durable authors. This anthology showcases the best of our national literature in all its variety and versatility and will continue to delight and instruct."--Jean-Mark Sens, University of Mississippi "This remains one of the best short story anthologies available. The additional stories are welcome."--George R. Creeger, Wesleyan University "An excellent selection from the 19th century to the multicultural present."--Daniel Fineman, Occidental College "Superior selection. The majority of these classics I would have chosen had I been given the privilege."--Patrick P. Garrett, Louisiana Tech University "The best there is!"--E.N. Feltskog, University of Wisconsin "I like the breadth and quality of selections; the 'masters' are well represented and interpreted without taking the ball away from the teacher. I like it!"--John O. West, University of Texas at El Paso "Interesting categories, great selections."--Mark Telloyan, Pillsbury College "I welcome the new, multicultural emphasis. Good, too, to see more women writers, especially Chopin!"--Myra L. Witmer, Marist College "An excellent range of truly 'major' texts in the American short story tradition."--Robert L. McDonald, Virginia Military Institute "This revision renders a splendid anthology nearly ideal for the teachers as well as the students of the 1990s."--Robert Regan, University of Pennsylvania

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