Editor Abrahams introduces this year's collection by saying that half of the stories here are the work of new writers even...

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PRIZE STORIES 1966: The O. Henry Awards

Editor Abrahams introduces this year's collection by saying that half of the stories here are the work of new writers even though the form itself has shown no manifest new directions. Still the first three prize-winning stories are by already established authors: namely, and in order of merit, John Updike's disconsolate personal confrontation between an American writer and The Bulgarian Poetess which, stripping down the vogueish, artificial, linguistically awkward exchanges, reveals that ""Actuality is a running impoverishment of possibility."" Second prize goes to Maureen Howard for a section from her novel, Bridgeport Bus; and the third, Tom Cole's On the Edge of Arcadia in which a ""generous"" American is put down by an old Greek working man.... Other names (we make it eleven out of the sixteen represented have had books published) include Elizabeth Spencer, Nancy Hale, Jesse Hill Ford, Christopher Davis.

Pub Date: March 18, 1966

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Publisher: Doubleday

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1966