All of these stories were first published in magazines and were selected by the editor on the disputable idea that. ""The human beings who emerge from stories are what make stories memorable"". The ""memorables"" here are characters created in short stories by Max Shulman. Mary McSherry, Frank O'Connor, Mollie Painter-Downes, Elizabeth Bowen, Maurice Zolotow, Elizabeth Enright, Irwin Shaw, Hortense Calisher, and others. They originally appeared in Good Housekeeping, McCall's. The Saturday Evening Post. Woman's Day, Collier's. The New Yorker, and Harper's . There are few outstanding short stories in the collection.