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Contemporary American Short Stories (1967) [Anthology]
by James Baldwin Donald Barthelme Saul Bellow Dorothy Canfield John Cheever Stanley Elkin George P. Elliott Ralph Ellison Jack Ludwig Bernard Malamud Mary McCarthy Georgia McKinley Wright Morris Flannery O'Connor Tillie Olsen Katherine Anne Porter J.F. Powers James Purdy Philip Roth Delmore Schwartz Peter Taylor John Updike Eudora Welty Rating: Weighted - 6.2 / Average - 5.0 of 10 (1 votes) (Rate!)
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An anthology of short stories by American writers from the period between WWII and the late 60s. The editors write: "Altogether these storeis present a fascinating psychological record of what may best be termed "The Age of Crisis," the age in which modern man finds himself teetering on a fine edge of destiny, when his own fateful decisions will take him either to hell or to paradise."


  • Greenleaf by Flannery O'Connor
  • Why I Live at the P.O. by Eudora Welty
  • The Fancy Woman by Peter Taylor
  • Battle Royal [published as part of Invisible Man] by Ralph Ellison
  • Come out the Wilderness by James Baldwin
  • The Crime by Georgia McKinley
  • The Last Mohican by Bernard Malamud
  • The Conversion of the Jews by Philip Roth
  • A & P by John Updike
  • Cruel and Barbarous Treatment by Mary McCarthy
  • The Country Husband by John Cheever
  • In Dreams Begin Responsibilities by Delmore Schwartz
  • Sex Education by Dorothy Canfield
  • Holiday by Katherine Anne Porter
  • The Ram in the Thicket by Wright Morris
  • Among the Dangs by George P. Elliott
  • The Gonzaga Manuscripts by Saul Bellow
  • Prince of Darkness by J. F. Powers
  • Encore by James Purdy
  • Tell Me a Riddle by Tillie Olsen
  • I Look Out for Ed Wolfe by Stanley Elkin
  • A Shower of Gold by Donald Barthelme

Original title: Contemporary American Short Stories
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction

The following works are contained within this one:
     Greenleaf (1956) [Short Story]
      Author: Flannery O'Connor
     A & P (1961) [Short Story]
      Author: John Updike
This work contains excerpts from the following works :
     Invisible Man (1952) [Novel]
      Author: Ralph Ellison

Edition #1: Contemporary American Short Stories

Contemporary American Short Stories (1967)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edited by: Douglas Angus Sylvia Angus
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Contemporary American Short Stories (1967)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Greenwich, CT
Publisher: Fawcett Publications

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