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Book Information: Oxford Book of American Short Stories, the

Oxford Book of American Short Stories, the (1994) [Anthology]
by James Baldwin Saul Bellow Pickney Benedict Ray Bradbury Raymond Carver Willa Cather John Cheever Kate Chopin Sandra Cisneros Stephen Crane Louise Erdrich F. Scott Fitzgerald Charlotte Perkins Gilman Nathaniel Hawthorne Ernest Hemingway Langston Hughes Washington Irving Henry James Ursula K. Le Guin David Leavitt Jack London Bernard Malamud Bobbie Ann Mason Herman Melville Bharati Mukherjee Tim O'Brien Flannery O'Connor Joyce Carol Oates Edgar Allan Poe Katherine Anne Porter Isaac Bashevis Singer Harriet Beecher Stowe Amy Tan Mark Twain John Updike Eudora Welty Edith Wharton John Edgar Wideman William Carlos Williams Tobias Wolff Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Series: Oxford Books of Prose

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In The Oxford Book of American Short Stories, Joyce Carol Oates offers a sweeping survey of American short fiction, in a collection of fifty-six 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," Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart," and Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place." But alongside these classics, Oates introduces such little-known stories as Mark Twain's "Cannibalism in the Cars," a story that reveals a darker side to his humor ("That morning we had Morgan of Alabama for breakfast. He was one of the finest men I ever sat down to...a perfect gentleman, and singularly juicy"). 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." From Flannery O'Connor we find "A Late Encounter With the Enemy," and from John Cheever, "The Death of Justina," one of Cheever's own favorites, though rarely anthologized. 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 Zora Neale Hurston. Contemporary artists abound, including Bharati Mukherjee and Amy Tan, Alice Adams and David Leavitt, Bobbie Ann Mason and Tim O'Brien, Louise Erdrich and John Edgar Wideman. Oates provides fascinating introductions to each writer, blending biographical information with her own trenchant observations about their work, plus a long introductory essay, in which she offers the fruit of years of reflection on a genre in which she herself is a master.

Brimming with surprises, this is a fascinating protrait of American short fiction, as filtered through the sensibility of a major modern writer.


  • Introduction by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving
  • The Wives of the Dead by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids by Herman Melville
  • The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Ghost in the Mill by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Cannibalism in the Cars by Mark Twain
  • The Storm by Kate Chopin
  • The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • The Middle Years by Henry James
  • In a Far Country by Jack London
  • The Little Regiment by Stephen Crane
  • A Journey by Edith Wharton
  • A Death in the Desert by Willa Cather
  • A Clean, Well-Lighted Place by Ernest Hemingway
  • An Alcoholic Case by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Girl with the Pimply Face by William Carlos Williams
  • He by Katherine Anne Porter
  • Red-Headed Baby by Langston Hughes
  • A Late Encounter with the Enemy by Flannery O’Connor
  • Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin
  • There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury
  • Where Is the Voice Coming From? by Eudora Welty
  • The Lecture by Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • My Son the Murderer by Bernard Malamud
  • Something to Remember Me By by Saul Bellow
  • The Death of Justina by John Cheever
  • Texts by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Persistence of Desire by John Updike
  • Are These Actual Miles? by Raymond Carver
  • Heat by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Hunters in the Snow by Tobias Wolff
  • Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
  • Big Bertha Stories by Bobbie Ann Mason
  • Fever by John Edgar Wideman
  • Management of Grief by Bharati Mukherjee
  • Two Kinds by Amy Tan
  • Fleur by Louise Erdrich
  • Gravity by David Leavitt
  • House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • What Sally Said by Sandra Cisneros
  • Linoleum Roses by Sandra Cisneros
  • House of My Own by Sandra Cisneros
  • Town Smokes by Pinckney Benedict

Original title: The Oxford Book of American Short Stories
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

The following works are contained within this one:
     Rip Van Winkle (1819) [Short Story]
      Author: Washington Irving
     Wives of the Dead, the (1832) [Short Story]
      Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
     Tell-Tale Heart, the (1843) [Short Story]
      Author: Edgar Allan Poe
     Yellow Wallpaper, the (1892) [Short Story]
      Author: Charlotte Perkins Gilman
     Storm, the (1898) [Short Story]
      Author: Kate Chopin
     Clean, Well-Lighted Place, a (1933) [Short Story]
      Author: Ernest Hemingway
     Late Encounter with the Enemy, a (1953) [Short Story]
      Author: Flannery O'Connor

Edition #1: Oxford Book of American Short Stories, the

Oxford Book of American Short Stories, the (1994)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edited by: Joyce Carol Oates
Introduction by: Joyce Carol Oates
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The Oxford Book of American Short Stories (September 1994)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Oxford
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195092622
Dimensions: 5.4 x 8.4 x 1
Pages: 768

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