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As variegated as the American experience itself, this original treasury reflects the vibrant role of the short story in our national literature. Fourteen outstanding. American Short Story Masterpieces: A Rich Selection of Recent Fiction from America's Best Modern Writers [Raymond Carver, Tom Jenks] on soundofheaven.info Get this from a library! American short story masterpieces. [Raymond Carver; Tom Jenks;].
I pick this up when I'm between novels, open randomly and flip until I find a story I haven't read yet and read that. May 05, Lon rated it really liked it. Rating details. A book of short stories was on my reading challenge this year and this is the one I selected. Feb 03, Kimber rated it it was ok Shelves: A Treasury of Prayers.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. American Short Story Masterpieces: Tom Jenks Editor. This highly Acclaimed collection of short stories by American writers contains only the best literary art of the past four decades. But what is so special about this volume is that it mirrors o This highly Acclaimed collection of short stories by American writers contains only the best literary art of the past four decades. But what is so special about this volume is that it mirrors our age, our concerns, and our lives.
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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Feb 03, Kimber rated it it was ok Shelves: Anthologies are always such a hodge podge. My favorites in this one: One thing I want to say though: Bobbie Ann Mason amazes me. Dec 06, Vanessa rated it really liked it.
Some of the stories I'd wager were only included because they tinkered with the short story format, but that kind of tinkering is old hat now so the masterpiece mantle doesn't fit very well anymore-see "The Amish Farmer" by Vance Bourjaily.
None of the reviewers can agree on what the best or worst stories were, so here are my random thoughts because random is what I do best. It was also just turned into a movie of the same name. All of her stories are about people with moral failings who end up getting maimed or killed in some spectacular fashion, their comeuppance often highly disproportionate to their misdeeds.
The schadenfreude is not cute. Having said all that, this is probably one of her best. The Ursula K. Jenks explains in the preface that they excluded writers who were included in the Short Story Masterpieces anthology, which somewhat explains the gaping abyss left by not including John Cheever.
And, how is there no Truman Capote? The fact that there is almost no agreement on what stories were good or bad would make this great classroom discussion material, although some of the stories are too explicit to ever fly at the high school level. Aug 04, Rachel rated it it was amazing. I loved reading this book.
I'm sad that it's over.
I always forget how much I like short stories, so I don't read enough of them. This was a fun collection because it's filled with 20th-century American stories, most of which I'd never read in an anthology before. Some that I really enjoyed: Anyway, I highly recommend the collection.
It's great for a straight read-through or sporadic reading. Jul 18, Jess rated it it was amazing. Jenks is the master. Read and learn. Aug 25, Joseph Riden rated it really liked it.
An excellent source for writers looking for stories against which to gauge their own work; also for any enthusiast of short stories who hasn't read some of the stories included in this collection.
I found some to like and some that I didn't care for. This kind of reading helps me in so many ways with my own writing, from setting standards, to simply broadening my horizons. There is something here for everyone who likes short stories.
I doubt I will ever be "done" with reading these stories. Also, An excellent source for writers looking for stories against which to gauge their own work; also for any enthusiast of short stories who hasn't read some of the stories included in this collection. Also, any non-writers who love stories will undoubtedly find things to like here. There is a second Editor who was not mentioned in this listing: Who knows? I can't afford it yet. But back to my point: No doubt his contribution to this story collection affected the quality of the selections.
Jan 19, Janet rated it it was amazing. This is a dense collection and it takes perseverance at times to make the switches between stories. Feb 05, Cathy Ryan rated it it was amazing. Collection of literary short stories that give a "shock of recognition that is the hallmark of great art. Well worth reading over again.
Many great examples of the literary short story form. Apr 04, Laura Helle rated it really liked it. I like reading short story collections when life is crazy and I don't have the endurance for anything more. Some of the stories were misses for me, but enough hits to recommend it wholeheartedly.
Thanks mom and dad for a great Christmas present! Nov 23, Melinda Christensen rated it liked it Shelves: I've just decided that I can't really get emotionally involved in a story that is short.
May 12, Susanna Grant rated it it was amazing. Actually, I'm not sure I'll ever be finished reading this -- in a good way. I pick this up when I'm between novels, open randomly and flip until I find a story I haven't read yet and read that. Some of the stories are good and some are phenomenal.
The phenomenal ones I've read several times, and I expect I'll read them several times more. Tip top favorites include: I didn't know it had been a short story first. It's pretty cool to compare the two, see how they decided to expand it for the movie.
This is a never-ending resource of good stuff. May 05, Lon rated it really liked it. Her ability to vivify these characters with so few strokes of the brush is sheer magic. We meet a mother "whose face was as broad and innocent as a cabbage and was tied around with a green head-kerchief that had two points on the top like rabbit's ears. Another favorite is John Gardner's Redemption, for its pathos and for the language. It's a cliche to say that the stories were uneven in quality, so I won't.
I'll just say that about one-third were unforgettable, and I'll return to them time and time again. Prefer the physical book? Check nearby libraries with:. Copy and paste this code into your Wikipedia page.
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Are you sure you want to remove American short story masterpieces from your list? Times 20th century. Classifications Library of Congress PS S5 A49 The Physical Object Pagination xvi, p.