Oxford Book of American Short Stories

ISBN-10: 0199744394
ISBN-13: 9780199744398
Edition: 2nd 2013
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List price: $21.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/28/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 768
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

InThe 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 "Novotny's Pain," 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 introductory essay for this edition, in which she offers the fruit of years of reflection on a genre in which she herself is a master.

Joyce Carol Oates was born in 1938 in Upstate, New York. She attended Syracuse University and graduated as Valedictorian. She then attended University of Wisconsin where she earned an M. A. By the time she was 47 years old, she had published at least that many separate books, including 16 full-length novels and more than a dozen collections of short stories. Some of her works were done under the pseudonym Rosamund Smith. She has also written numerous poems collected in several volumes, at least three plays, many critical essays, and articles and reviews on various subjects while fulfilling her obligations as a professor of English at the University of Windsor, where with her husband Raymond Smith she edited the Ontario Review, which the couple has continued since moving to Princeton in 1978. She has earned a reputation as indubitably one of our most prolific writers and very likely one of our best. Her fiction alone demonstrates considerable variety, ranging from direct naturalism to complex experiments in form. However, what chiefly makes her work her own is a quality of psychological realism, an uncanny ability to bring to the surface an underlying sense of foreboding or a threat of violence that seems to lurk just around the corner from the everyday domestic lives she depicts so realistically. Her first six novels, including Them (1969), which won the National Book Award, express these qualities in varying ways. she is also the recipient of an NEA grant, a Guggenheim fellowship, the PEN/Malamud Lifetime Achievement Award, and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Lifetime Achievement in American Literature. Her title Give Me Your Heart made the New York Times Best seller list for 2011.

Introduction 1
Rip Van Winkle
Peter Rugg, the Missing Man
The Wives of the Dead
The Tell-Tale Heart
The Ghost in the Mill
The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids
Cannibalism in the Cars
The Middle Years
A White Heron
The Storm
Old Woman Magoun
The Sheriff's Children
The Yellow Wallpaper
A Journey
The Little Regiment
A Death in the Desert
The Strength of God
In a Far Country
The Girl with a Pimply Face
The Rats in the Walls
Blood-Burning Moon
An Alcoholic Case
That Evening Sun
Hills Like White Elephants
Red-Headed Baby
The Man Who Was Almost a Man
A Bottle of Milk for Mother
Where Is the Voice Coming From?
A Distant Episode
The Country Husband
Battle Royal
My Son the Murderer
The Lottery
There Will Come Soft Rains
Sonny's Blues
A Late Encounter with the Enemy
The Shawl
The School
The Persistence of Desire
Defender of the Faith
The Mud Below
Are These Actual Miles?
Heat
The Child Screams and Looks Back at You
Give It Up for Billy
Under the Radar
Hunters in the Snow
The Things They Carried
The Reach
Filthy with Things
Today Will Be a Quiet Day
Fleur
The Drowned Life
Children as Enemies
How to Become a Writer
Good People
Mercy
Hell-Heaven
Edison, New Jersey
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