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American Short Story Masterpieces (1987) [Anthology]
by James Baldwin Ann Beattie Gina Berriault Carol Bly Vance Bourjaily Richard G. Brautigan Harold Brodkey Raymond Carver Evan S. Connell Frank Conroy E.L. Doctorow Andre Dubus Stanley Elkin Richard Ford Tess Gallagher John Gardner Gail Godwin Lawrence Sargent Hall Barry Hannah Mark Helprin Ursula K. Le Guin Bernard Malamud Bobbie Ann Mason James Alan McPherson Leonard Michaels Arthur Miller Flannery O'Connor Joyce Carol Oates Grace Paley Jayne Anne Phillips David Quammen Philip Roth James Salter John Updike Joy Williams Tobias Wolff Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

This highly acclaimed collection of short stories by American writers contains only the best literary art of the past four decades. With a bias towards realism, editors Raymond Chandler and Tom Jenks have selected fiction that "tells a story" - and tells it with a masterful handling of language, situation, and insight.

But what is so special about this volume is that it mirrors our age, our concerns, our lives. Whether it's the end of a marriage, as in Bobbie Ann Mason's "Shiloh," or the struggle with self-esteem and weight in Andre Dubus's "The Fat Girl," the 36 works included here probe that give us that "shock of recognition" that is the hallmark of great art - wonderful, absorbing fiction that will be read and reread for decades to come.


  • Sonny's Blues by James Baldwin
  • Weekend by Ann Beattie
  • The Bystander by Gina Berriault
  • The Amish Farmer by Vance Bourjaily
  • 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 by Richard Brautigan
  • Verona: A Young Woman Speaks by Harold Brodkey
  • Talk of Heroes by Carol Bly
  • Fever by Raymond Carver
  • The Fisherman from Chihuahua by Evan S. Connell
  • Midair by Frank Conroy
  • Willi by E. L. Doctorow
  • The Fat Girl by Andre Dubus
  • A Poetics for Bullies by Stanley Elkin
  • Rock Springs by Richard Ford
  • The Lover of Horses by Tess Gallagher
  • Redemption by John Gardner
  • Dream Children by Gail Godwin
  • The Ledge by Lawrence Sargent Hall
  • Water Liars by Barry Hannah
  • Letters from the Samantha by Mark Helprin
  • Ile Forest by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Magic Barrel by Bernard Malamud
  • Shiloh by Bobbie Ann Mason
  • The Story of a Scar by James Alan McPherson
  • Murderers by Leonard Michaels
  • The Misfits by Arthur Miller
  • Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? by Joyce Carol Oates
  • A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor
  • The Used-Boy Raisers by Grace Paley
  • The Heavenly Animal by Jayne Anne Phillips
  • Walking Out by David Quammen
  • The Conversion of the Jews by Philip Roth
  • Akhnilo by James Salter
  • The Christian Roommates by John Updike
  • The Wedding by Joy Williams
  • The Liar by Tobias Wolff

Original title: American Short Story Masterpieces
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction

The following works are contained within this one:
     Good Man Is Hard to Find, a (1953) [Short Story]
      Author: Flannery O'Connor
     Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? (1966) [Short Story]
      Author: Joyce Carol Oates
     Ile Forest (1976) [Short Story]
      Author: Ursula K. Le Guin

Edition #1: American Short Story Masterpieces

American Short Story Masterpieces (1987)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edited by: Raymond Carver Tom Jenks
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Manifested in:

American Short Story Masterpieces (1989)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Dell Publishing
ISBN: 9780440204237
Pages: 512

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