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The American Short Story and Its Writer: An Anthology Paperback – August 13, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0312191764 ISBN-10: 0312191766 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1495 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; 1st edition (August 13, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312191766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312191764
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 5.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #651,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

ANN CHARTERS (Ph.D., Columbia University), professor of English at the University of Connecticut, has taught courses in the short story for many years. She has written extensively on contemporary American poetry and feminism, and she is an authority on the Beat writers, having written a critically acclaimed biography of Jack Kerouac, prepared the Portable Beat Reader, and compiled and edited Jack Kerouac: Selected Letters 1940-1956 (Volume II is forthcoming). She is the editor of The Story and Its Writer, Fifth Edition (1999), the most widely adopted anthology of short fiction on the market, Literature and Its Writers, and Major Writers of Short Fiction.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DHart on September 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
I use this text in my American Literature course. It is quite useful because it not only has great stories by great authors, but it also has commentary often by the authors themselves about their work. It also has other great critics commenting on the stories, and the short story in general, in a separate section at the end of the book. even if you are not a teacher or a student, this is a great collection of American short stories to read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By bic on January 6, 2008
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This is a good collection. It is a text book and has the limitations of a text book (once again we get Metamorphosis, Incident at Owl Creek Bridge, The Tell Tale Heart, The Death of Ivan Illich, and so on). That being said this editor makes a strong effort to include lesser known work and writers from underrepresented groups of people. The chief thing recommending it is the fact that it features commentaries by the writers themselves about fiction and about the process of writing rather than a lot of dull critical analysis. Also the bios of the authors are well written and informative. I recommend this for teachers or for anybody who would like a broad cross-section of short fiction. One other thing worth noting is that the editor seems sincere, down to earth and intelligent rather than academic or pedantic.
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By juliet on August 30, 2013
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was very pleased with the copy of the above title. In better shape that those bought used by any of my classmates and the price you can't shake a stick at Thank you!
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I use this in my classroom. The kids seem to enjoy the stories and it is easy to carry and read.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Bell on October 12, 2000
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What a great book of short stories. I find myself feeling the lives of each short story.
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