World of the Short Story, The : A Twentieth Century Collection
Outline: The modern canon of the short story is magnificently displayed in this new selection from the world's best offerings in the twentieth century. Probably the shrewdest and most experienced anthologist in America, Clifton Fadiman has been assembling distinguished writing since 1931. He brings to his work of selection a lifelong pleasure in the short story form and a literary critic's keen sense of discrimination. The author was a New York book reviewer for many years, has long been a judge for the Book-of-the-Month Club, and has published several volumes of literary criticism. There are many collections of modern stories, but this one has a special appeal: the stories, by some of the best writers of our time, are not the ones that usually appear in anthologies. Readers will meet some famous and familiar talents in fresh and unexpected masterpieces of the form. There are sixty-two stories from sixteen countries, and the authors range from the "moderns" of the century's dawn - Sommerset Maugham, D. H. Lawrence, Colette - to such current practitioners as Ann Beattie, Raymond Carver, and Joyce Carol Oates. In an era when readers are rediscovering the story form and a brilliant new generation of writers is reinvigorating the art of short fiction, it is fitting to have this large, rich treasury of the best of our century.
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