PRIZE STORIES OF 1949 by Herschel- Ed. Brickell


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The perennial appearance of this short story collection is currently marked with well established names -- William Faulkner, Mark Van Doren, Elizabeth Enright, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Jean Stafford, John D. Weaver, Mary Lavin, Shirley Jackson (with her controversial The Lottery) Bentz Plagemann, Jessamyn West, -- and enough of lesser-known to keep a balance of new and old. The regional, with something of a backward look, is predominant in tone; The Yale Review, The New Yorker and Harper's Magazine in top order for source of selection, with literary and popular magazines contributing the rest. This offers a contrast to the Foley collection in its standards of wider appeal, but conservatively parallels the choice of subtler, distinctive material. From folk tale to contemporary Indians, adolescence to old age, preachers to storekeepers, from the radio to backwoods customs, from carnival folk to a Tennessee jail -- these and more offer themes and backgrounds for stories which again offer a skimming of the year's short story crop.

Pub Date: Oct. 20th, 1949
Publisher: Doubleday