You've Got to Read This Contemporary American Writers Introduce Stories That Held Them in Awe

ISBN-10: 0060982020
ISBN-13: 9780060982027
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Description: Thirty-four of America's most distinguished fiction writers--including Oscar Hijuelos, John Irving, and Joyce Carol Oates--introduce the short stories that inspired them most.

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Book details

List price: $18.95
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/26/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 640
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Thirty-four of America's most distinguished fiction writers--including Oscar Hijuelos, John Irving, and Joyce Carol Oates--introduce the short stories that inspired them most.

Ron Hansen was born in Omaha Nebraska in 1947.He received a BA degree in English from Creighton University in Nebraska in 1970. He is the author of more than 20 books, stories, and anthologies. He received the Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters for his book Nebraska, a collection of short fiction, in 1989. Some of his other works include Mariette in Ecstasy; the children's book, The Shadowmaker; Desperadoes; the Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, which won the John Edgar Wideman Award in 1984; and the novel Atticus, a suspenseful murder mystery detailing a father's fierce love for his son. Atticus was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1996. Among the anthologies written by Hansen are The Sun So Hot I Froze To Death, Can I Just Sit Here For A While?, and True Romance. His short stories, with titles ranging from "His Dog" to "Playland," have appeared in the Stanford Alumni Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, the Iowa Review, Esquire, and many others. Besides holding Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, Hansen has received a Lyndhurst Foundation Grant and is a fellow of the University of Michigan Society of Fellows. Hansen has also held the position of Gerald Manley Hopkins S.J. Professor of Arts and Humanities at Santa Clara University. In May 2006 he was inducted into the College of Fellows at Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology. Also in that year The Assasination of Jesse James was adapted for the screen. In 2009 Mariette In Ecstasy was adapted for the stage at Lifetime Theater in Chicago.

Introduction
A Mother's Talep. 1
Guy de Maupassantp. 19
Sonny's Bluesp. 29
The Schoolp. 57
The Alephp. 63
A Day in the Openp. 77
A Distant Episodep. 87
The Star Cafep. 101
Reflectionsp. 119
Cathedralp. 135
Goodbye, My Brotherp. 151
Gooseberriesp. 175
A Christmas Carolp. 187
Pie Dancep. 249
Greatness Strikes Where It Pleasesp. 257
The Interviewp. 271
The Deadp. 283
In the Penal Colonyp. 319
Girlp. 343
The Smallest Woman in the Worldp. 349
The Daughters of the Late Colonelp. 359
Labor Day Dinnerp. 379
Spring in Fialtap. 401
The Things They Carriedp. 421
A Good Man Is Hard to Findp. 439
I Stand Here Ironingp. 457
Wantsp. 467
In Dreams Begin Responsibilitiesp. 471
The Man to Send Rain Cloudsp. 481
Helpingp. 489
Master and Manp. 513
Packed Dirt, Churchgoing, a Dying Cat, a Traded Carp. 559
The Flowersp. 579
No Place for You, My Lovep. 585
Paper Gardenp. 603
About the Authorsp. 615
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