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Anthology of the American Short Story offers a diverse collection of stories that reflects not only an expansive range of fictional approaches, but also the breadth of multicultural writers who have contributed to the development of the short-story genre. With a balance between frequently anthologized and newly discovered works, this collection captures the artistic development of the short story, presenting works of exceptional literary quality from 1747 to 2005. Thorough introductions provide a context for each selection by covering the historical and social events as well as major developments in literature associated with the story.
- The editor presents the early short story--those works published between 1747 and 1819--as a significant element in American literary history. Although not always an aesthetic success, these stories demonstrate the evolving methodology of storytelling.
- A historical organization of works--from nascent forms of the story to its status as the quintessential genre of American Literature--highlights how American writers have continued to innovate, revise, and develop the short-story genre.
- This comprehensive anthology combines classics with many rarely anthologized short stories, such as Ruth Suckow's "A Start in Life" and Benjamin Franklin's "The Speech of Miss Polly Baker."
- The contents include many never-before anthologized selections, including nine newly discovered, anonymously-published works. The editor's research into early and experimental forms of short fiction is not duplicated in any other American anthology on the market.
- The anthology includes an emphasis on stories written by women and other minorities to help illustrate their contributions to the history of American fiction. These selections include "Mrs. Spring Fragrance," by Sui Sin Far, and "The Lynching of Jube Benson," by Paul Laurence Dunbar.
I. An Overview of the American Short Story
II. Irving and the Predecessors of the American Story
Benjamin Franklin, "The Speech of Miss Polly Baker"
Anonymous, "Adventure of a Young English Officer among the Abenakee Savages"
Anonymous, "Indian Fidelity"
Anonymous, "The Calamaties of War and The Effects of Unbridled Passion"
Anonymous, "Amelia; or, The Faithless Briton. An Original Novel, founded upon Recent Events"
Thomas Bellamy, "The Fatal Effects of Seduction, Exemplified in a Letter from the Reformed Edmund, to His Friend"
Anonymous, "Three Days after Marriage: or, the History of Ned Easy and Mrs. Manlove. A Story founded in Fact"
Ruri Colla, "The Story of the Captain''s Wife and an Aged Woman"
Anonymous, "Anecdote" [An Argument against the Ownership of Slaves]
Anonymous, "Intrepidity of a Negro Woman"
Anonymous, "The Wretched Taillah: An African Story"
Anonymous, "The Negro"
William Richardson, "The Indians: A Tale"
Washington Irving, "Rip Van Winkle"
III. American Romanticism
William Austin, "Peter Rugg, the Missing Man"
Lydia Maria Child, "The Indian Wife"
Augustus Baldwin Longstreet, "The Horse Swap"
Nathaniel Hawthorne, "Young Goodman Brown"
Edgar Allan Poe, "The Fall of the House of Usher"
Thomas Bangs Thorpe, "The Big Bear of Arkansas"
Nathaniel Hawthorne, "Rappaccini''s Daughter"
Edgar Allan Poe, "The Cask of Amontillado"
Harriet Beecher Stowe, "The Two Altars; or, Two Pictures in one"
Herman Melville, "Bartleby, The Scrivener"
Herman Melville, "Benito Cereno"
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, "The Two Offers"
Harriet Prescott Spofford, "Circumstance"
Elizabeth Stoddard, "The Prescription"
IV. Realism and Naturalism
Mark Twain, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"
Bret Harte, "The Outcasts of Poker Flat"
Sarah Orne Jewett, "A White Heron"
Hamlin Garland, "The Return of a Private"
Mary Wilkins Freeman, "The Revolt of ''Mother''"
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, "The Yellow Wallpaper"
Henry James, "The Real Thing"
Kate Chopin, "Désirée''s Baby"
Charles Chesnutt, "The Wife of His Youth"
Ambrose Bierce, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"
Stephen Crane, "The Blue Hotel"
Alice Dunbar-Nelson, "M''sieu Fortier''s Violin"
Zitkala-Sä, "The Soft-Hearted Sioux"
Frank Norris, "A Deal in Wheat"
Paul Lawrence Dunbar, "The Lynching of Jube Benson"
Edith Wharton, "The Other Two"
Willa Cather, "A Wagner Matinée"
John M. Oskison, "The Problem of Old Harjo"
Sui Sin Far, "Mrs. Spring Fragrance"
Jack London, "To Build a Fire"
Jessie Fauset, "Emmy"
Maria Cristina Mena, "The Education of Popo"
V. Modernism and Experimentation
Anzia Yezierska, "The Fat of the Land"
Katherine Anne Porter, "Maria Concepción"
Jean Toomer, "Blood-Burning Moon"
Sherwood Anderson, "Death in the Woods"
Ruth Suckow, "A Start in Life"
F. Scott Fitzgerald, "Winter Dreams"
Ernest Hemingway, "Hills Like White Elephants"
Arna Bontemps, "A Summer Tragedy"
John Steinbeck, "The Chrysanthemums"
James Thurber, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"
Eudora Welty, "The Petrified Man"
William Faulkner, "Barn Burning"
Hisaye Yamamoto, "The Legend of Miss Sasagawara"
Flannery O''Connor, "The River"
Tillie Olson, "Help Her to Believe" ["I Stand Here Ironing"]
Philip Roth, "Defender of the Faith"
James Baldwin, "Sonny''s Blues"
VI. The Contemporary Expansion of the Genre
Donald Barthelme, "Views of My Father Weeping"
Alice Walker, "Everyday Use"
Leslie Marmon Silko, "Storyteller"
Frank Chin, "Railroad Standard Time"
Andre Dubus, "Killings"
Bobbie Ann Mason, "Shiloh"
Sandra Cisneros, "Red Clowns"
Louise Erdrich, "The Red Convertible"
Jamaica Kincaid, "Columbus in Chains"
Susan Minot, "Hiding"
Amy Tan, "Four Directions"
Tim O''Brien, "Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong"
Robert Olen Butler, "Open Arms"
Judith Ortiz Cofer, "Nada"
Sherman Alexie, "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven"
Susan Power, "Morse Code"
Gish Jen, "Who''s Irish"
Yiyun Li, "The Princess of Nebraska"
Appendix A: List of Sources
Appendix B: Selected Books for the Study of the American Short Story