The Columbia Companion to the Twentieth-century American Short Story

The Columbia Companion to the Twentieth-century American Short Story

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Articles describe the works of a variety of short story writers.

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Esteemed critic Blanche Gelfant's brilliant companion gathers together lucid essays on major writers and themes by some of the best literary critics in the United States. Part 1 is comprised of articles on stories that share a particular theme, such as "Working Class Stories" or "Gay and Lesbian Stories," and part 2 contains more than one hundred essays on the lives and work of individual writers, including engaging pieces on promising new writers.


Esteemed critic Blanche Gelfant's brilliant companion gathers together lucid essays on major writers and themes by some of the best literary critics in the United States. Part 1 is comprised of articles on stories that share a particular theme, such as "Working Class Stories" or "Gay and Lesbian Stories." The heart of the book, however, lies in Part 2, which contains more than one hundred pieces on individual writers and their work, including Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Richard Ford, Raymond Carver, Eudora Welty, Andre Debus, Zora Neal Hurston, Anne Beattie, Bharati Mukherjee, J. D. Salinger, and Jamaica Kincaid, as well as engaging pieces on the promising new writers to come on the scene.

Book News
This volume offers a wealth of information and insight into the work of many of the finest short story writers in literary history. Following an introduction by critic Blanche H. Gelfant, articles explore stories that share particular themes and that give a sense of what makes a writer unique and an understanding of the writer's fictional world. The heart of the book comprises about 100 pieces on both established and new writers. Each entry offers a brief biographical sketch, an overview of the author's career and major motifs, and analyses of at least two stories. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, c2000
ISBN: 9780231110983
0231110987
Branch Call Number: 813 COL
Characteristics: xiv, 660 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Gelfant, Blanche H. 1922-

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