The Granta Book of the American Short Story (Paperback)
Richard Ford, who is among the finest of American novelists and short-story writers, edits and introduces this volume. First published by Granta Books in 1992, it became the definitive anthology of American short fiction written in the last half of the twentieth century - an 'exemplary choice' in the words of the Washington Post - with stories by writers such as Eudora Welty, John Cheever and Raymond Carver (and forty others) demonstrating how much memorable power can lie in the briefest narration. Along with The New Granta Book of the American Short Story, this book constitutes an important reflection and judgement of recent American writing - as well as the superb pleasure yielded by the stories themselves.
‘Ford’s introduction is as complete and persuasive an introduction to post-war American writing as one could hope for’ The Times ‘An indispensable volume ... a colossal book that contains not only classics by the greats but also perfect stories by lesser known writers’ Philip Hensher, Mail on Sunday ‘Ford’s choice of stories is exemplary ... there’s wonderful reading here’ Washington Post ‘This is a rich collection’ Guardian ‘A carefully wrought compilation that does credit to its rich subject’ Literary Review ‘Ford treats us to some stunning stories’ Nation