The best collection he has made of recent years, with certain outstanding features which give the introduction special merit. He takes the opportunity to answer his critics by discussing his own approach to the short story, his purpose in the collection of giving a fairly conservative cross section of American life as seen in fiction. particular value for story groups. Authors include a good many newcomers, with some standbyes such as Burlingame, Faulkner, Fessier, Tess Slessinger, Thomas Wolfe, Martha Foley, etc. Includes Year Book of the American Short Story -- an essential reference for public libraries.