The Columbia Companion to the Twentieth-Century American Short Story

The Columbia Companion to the Twentieth-Century American Short Story

Blanche H. Gelfant

Language: English

Pages: 952

ISBN: 0231110995

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

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.
















Absalom, Absalom! (1936), and Go Down, Moses (1942). Royalties from novels, however, were slim during the Great Depression, which was, ironically, an era when mass-market magazines could offer top dollar for short stories. In 1930, newly married, Faulkner began publishing short fiction as a means of paying bills while working on novels (he would also write screenplays in Hollywood for similar mercenary motives). A decade later, most of his books were no longer in print, and his reputation

Rivera’s stories portray a community’s will to survive and flourish. In each of the stories, we see glimpses of a world of class and racial oppression: the death of a child, shot to death when he pauses from his work in a sunbaked field to steal a drink of water; a mother anxiously praying for her son who is fighting in Korea; another child’s first shocking encounter with abusive adult sexuality; an agoraphobic woman painfully venturing out into the marketplace; a truckload of migrant farm

back. The erotic possibilities between them never materialize: he raises his hand to shush her when she asks about his wife, and when, dancing with her, he notices a bruise on her temple, he knows that he has something to do with the erotic entanglement she has not told him about but whose existence he has somehow divined. On the way home, he suddenly kisses her and as suddenly draws away, leaving her in her hotel lobby, where he notices that a man has been waiting for her. This haunting and

David Lionel Smith SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY Works by Richard Wright Uncle Tom’s Children. New York: Harper & Bros., 1938. Reprint, New York: Harper Perennial, 1993. Eight Men. Cleveland: World Publishing, 1961. Critical Studies Fabre, Michel. The Unfinished Quest of Richard Wright. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1973. Gibson, Donald B. The Politics of Literary Expression: Essays on Major Black Writers. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 1981. Hakutani, Yoshinobu. Critical Essays on Richard

Time (Le Sueur) “The Harvest” (Hempel) “Harvest” (Le Sueur) Harvest (Le Sueur) “Harv Is Plowing Now” (Updike) “The Haunted Boy” (McCullers) Hawaiian writers The Hawk and Other Stories (McNickle) Hawkes, John Hawthorne, Nathaniel; John Cheever and; Bernard Malamud and; Joyce Carol Oates and; Flannery O’Connor and; Katherine Anne Porter and; style of; Truman Capote and; Edith Wharton and; on women writers; works of Hayden, Julie Haywood, Big Bill H.D. See Doolittle, Hilda “The Headless

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