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Modern American Short Stories (1945) [Anthology]
by Stephen Vincent Benét Bessie Breuer Erskine Caldwell Willa Cather Walter Van Tilburg Clark William Faulkner Ernest Hemingway O. Henry Helen R. Hull Sarah Orne Jewett Ring Lardner Jack London Albert Maltz Mary McCarthy Dorothy Parker Katherine Anne Porter Damon Runyon William Saroyan Irwin Shaw Wilbur Daniel Steele John Steinbeck James Thurber Eudora Welty Richard Wright Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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One of a handful of anthologies edited in the 1940s by Random House co-founder Bennett Cerf.


  • Introduction by Bennett Cerf
  • A White Heron by Sarah Orne Jewett
  • Mammon and the Archer by O. Henry
  • The Sculptor's Funeral by Willa Cather
  • The Heathen by Jack London
  • Little Miss Marker by Damon Runyon
  • A Caddy's Diary by Ring Lardner
  • For They Know Not What They Do by Wilbur Daniel Steele
  • Pigeons en Casserole by Bessie Breuer
  • The Standard of Living by Dorothy Parker
  • Clay-Shuttered Doors by Helen R. Hull
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber
  • The Circus by Katherine Anne Porter
  • That Evening Sun Go Down by William Faulkner
  • The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber by Ernest Hemingway
  • The King of the Cats by Stephen Vincent Benét
  • The Raid by John Steinbeck
  • Warm River by Erskine Caldwell
  • Afternoon in the Jungle by Albert Maltz
  • Almos' a Man by Richard Wright
  • The Shepherd's Daughter by William Saroyan
  • Livvie is Back by Eudora Welty
  • Hook by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
  • The Man in the Brooks Brothers Shirt by Mary McCarthy
  • The Girls in Their Summer Dresses by Irwin Shaw

Original title: Modern American Short Stories
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

The following works are contained within this one:
     Clay-Shuttered Doors (1926) [Short Story]
      Author: Helen R. Hull
     Raid, the (1934) [Short Story]
      Author: John Steinbeck
     Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber, the (1936) [Novelette]
      Author: Ernest Hemingway
     Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the (1939) [Short Story]
      Author: James Thurber
     Standard of Living, the (1941) [Short Story]
      Author: Dorothy Parker

Edition #1: Modern American Short Stories

Modern American Short Stories (1945)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edited by: Bennett A. Cerf
Introduction by: Bennett A. Cerf
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Manifested in:

Modern American Short Stories (July 1945)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: Cleveland, NY
Publisher: Word Publishing
Pages: 384

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