Review: The Oxford Book of American Short Stories, 2nd ed. by Thomas A. Beyer (Spring )New York: Oxford University Press, The result is an evocative collection that spans an expanse of styles, voices, and techniques and yet remains wholly American. There is much here for enthusiasts of American naturalism to appreciate. In it, Dan and Billie Dempster—brothers and Civil War compatriots whose rivalry and quarreling belies a deep, mutual affection—find their identities as men, soldiers, and brothers tested and reaffirmed when their regiment suffers heavy casualties during fierce combat. When Oates moves on to contemporary writers, her selection reflects a deep sense of the diverse, fundamentally American nature of ethnic and minority fiction and its ties to the regionalist narratives that pervade so many American short stories. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.
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Herman Melville, our first native feminist? We Americans are justly proud of our literature, and a good deal of that pride stems from our awareness of the crucial role of the short story—in its earliest manifestations, the short tale or romance—as a form ideally suited to the expression of the imagination. In my reading of many months I was enormously pleased to discover virtually unknown yet fascinating work by certain of our classic American writers, whose famous titles recur from anthology to anthology with dismaying predictability. It is in this lesser-known story that The Master speaks with painful candor, giving voice to what all artists know, yet perhaps would not want to express in such raw, unmediated terms:. We work in the dark—we do what we can—we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.
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Scott Fitzgerald, Eudora Welty, Flannery O'Connor, Saul Bellow, and John Updike have among them written hundreds of short stories, do anthologists settle on the same two or three titles by each author again and again? He was one of the finest men I ever sat down to From Melville come the juxtaposed tales "The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids," of which Oates says, "Only Melville could have fashioned out of 'real' events The reader will also delight in the range of authors found here, from Charles W. Oates provides fascinating introductions to each writer, blending biographical information with her own trenchant observations about their work, plus a long introductory essay, in which she offers the fruit of years of reflection on a genre in which she herself is a master. This then is a book of surprises, a fascinating portrait of American short fiction, as filtered through the sensibility of a major modern writer.