The American Short Story since 1950

Synopsis

The American Short Story Since 1950 reassesses a critically underrated genre during a particularly rich period in its history. The volume covers some of America's greatest postwar writers, who found in the short story a supreme outlet for their literary and stylistic talents: Flannery O'Connor, Eudora Welty, J. D. Salinger, John Cheever, Donald Barthelme, Grace Paley, Raymond Carver, Lorrie Moore, Tim O'Brien, Denis Johnson, Junot Déaz, Sherman Alexie, Jhumpa Lahiri, David Bezmozgis, Edward P. Jones, David Foster Wallace, Gish Jen, and Lydia Davis. Kasia Boddy describes the literary cultures in which these authors wrote, the magazines in which they published; the prizes they sought; the education they received as writers or enabled them to teach others to write, and their (often disappointing) sales figures.

Additional information

Contributors:
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Edinburgh
Publication year:
  • 2010