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Major American Short Stories

Third Edition

Edited by A. Walton Litz

Publication Date - February 1994

ISBN: 9780195078992

896 pages
6 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock


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 third 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. American Short Stories, 3/e is the definitive source for exploring the full range of American contributions to the short story.

Previous Publication Date(s)

April 1980

Table of Contents

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