100 Years of The Best American Short Stories-9780547485850

100 Years of The Best American Short Stories

by Heidi Pitlor and Lorrie Moore
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For the 100th anniversary of The Best American Short Stories series, a retrospective of stories selected by master of the form Lorrie Moore. The stories, along with one hundred years of behind-the-scenes anecdotes and decade-by-decade analysis, tell the history of American short fiction, showcasing representative moments in the series as well as literary moments in time.


  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547485850
  • ISBN-10: 0547485859
  • Pages: 752
  • Publication Date: 10/06/2015
  • Carton Quantity: 12

About the book

The Best American Short Stories is the longest running and best-selling series of short fiction in the country. For the centennial celebration of this beloved annual series, master of the form Lorrie Moore selects forty stories from the more than two thousand that were published in previous editions. Series editor Heidi Pitlor recounts behind-the-scenes anecdotes and examines, decade by decade, the trends captured over a hundred years. Together, the stories and commentary offer an extraordinary guided tour through a century of literature with what Moore calls “all its wildnesses of character and voice.” 

 

These forty stories represent their eras but also stand the test of time. Here is Ernest Hemingway’s first published story and a classic by William Faulkner, who admitted in his biographical note that he began to write “as an aid to love-making.” Nancy Hale’s story describes far-reaching echoes of the Holocaust; Tillie Olsen’s story expresses the desperation of a single mother; James Baldwin depicts the bonds of brotherhood and music. Here is Raymond Carver’s “minimalism,” a term he disliked, and Grace Paley’s “secular Yiddishkeit.” Here are the varied styles of Donald Barthelme, Charles Baxter, and Jamaica Kincaid. From Junot Díaz to Mary Gaitskill, from ZZ Packer to Sherman Alexie, these writers and stories explore the different things it means to be American. 

 

Moore writes that the process of assembling these stories allowed her to look “thrillingly not just at literary history but at actual history — the cries and chatterings, silences and descriptions of a nation in flux.” 100 Years of The Best American Short Stories is an invaluable testament, a retrospective of our country’s ever-changing but continually compelling literary artistry. 

 

LORRIE MOORE, after many years as a professor of creative writing at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, is now the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. Moore has received honors for her work, among them the Irish Times International Fiction Prize and a Lannan Foundation fellowship, as well as the PEN/Malamud Award and the Rea Award for her achievement in the short story. Her most recent novel, A Gate at the Stairs, was short-listed for the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction and for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and her most recent story collection, Bark, was short-listed for the Story Prize and the Frank O’Connor Award. 

 

HEIDI PITLOR is a former senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and has been the series editor of The Best American Short Stories since 2007. She is the author of the novels The Birthdays and The Daylight Marriage. 

 

 

 

 

About the author
Heidi Pitlor

HEIDI PITLOR is a former senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and has been the series editor for The Best American Short Stories since 2007. She is the author of the novels The Birthdays and The Daylight Marriage.

Lorrie Moore

LORRIE MOORE is the author of the story collections Bark,Birds of America,Like Life, and Self-Help and the novels Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? and Anagrams. Her work has won honors from the Lannan Foundation and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the Irish Times International Prize for Fiction, the Rea Award for the Short Story, and the PEN/Malamud Award.

Excerpts

TABLE OF CONTENTS 

  

1915-1920 

1917 EDNA FERBER-The Gay Old Dog 

1920-1930 

1921 SHERWOOD ANDERSON-Brothers 

1923 ERNEST HEMINGWAY-My Old Man 

1925 RING LARDNER-Haircut 

1930-1940 

1931 F. SCOTT FITZGERALD-Babylon Revisited 

1933 KATHERINE ANN PORTER-The Cracked Looking-Glass 

1936 WILLIAM FAULKNER-That Will Be Fine 

1940-1950 

1942 NANCY HALE-These Are As Brothers 

1948 EUDORA WELTY-The Whole World Knows 

1948 JOHN CHEEVER-The Enormous Radio 

1950-1960 

1957 TILLIE OLSEN-I Stand Here Ironing 

1958 JAMES BALDWIN-Sonny's Blues 

1959 PHILIP ROTH-The Conversion of the Jews 

1960-1970 

1962 FLANNERY O'CONNOR-Everything That Rises Must Converge 

1962 JOHN UPDIKE-Pigeon Feathers 

1967 RAYMOND CARVER-Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? 

1969 JOYCE CAROL OATES-By the River 

1970-1980 

1975 DONALD BARTHELME-The School 

1978 STANLEY ELKIN-The Conventional Wisdom 

1980-1990 

1980 GRACE PALEY-Friends 

1982 CHARLES BAXTER-Harmony of the World 

1986 MONA SIMPSON-Lawns 

1986 RICHARD FORD-Communist 

1988 ROBERT STONE-Helping 

1989 DAVID WONG LOUIE-Displacement 

1990-2000 

1991 ALICE MUNRO-Friend of My Youth   

1993 MARY GAITSKILL-The Girl on the Plane 

1995 JAMAICA KINCAID-Xuela 

1996 AKHIL SHARMA-If You Sing Like That For Me 

1997 JUNOT DIAZ-Fiesta, 1980 

2000-2010 

2000 JHUMPA LAHIRI-The Third and Final Continent 

2000 ZZ PACKER-Brownies 

2004 EDWARD P. JONES-Old Boys, Old Girls 

2005 SHERMAN ALEXIE-What You Pawn I Will Redeem 

2006 BENJAMIN PERCY-Refresh, Refresh 

2006 TOBIAS WOLFF-Awaiting Orders 

2010-2015 

2012 NATHAN ENGLANDER-What  We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank 

2012 JULIE OTSUKA- Diem Perdidi 

2013 GEORGE SAUNDERS-The Semplica-Girl Diaries 

2014 LAUREN GROFF-At the Round Earth's Imagined Corners