PRIZE STORIES 1964 by Richard- Ed. oirier


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This collection of 15 short stories is the 44th in the O'Henry Memorial series and the selections are exceptionally good, representing such acknowledged professionals as John Cheever, Bernard Malamud, Lillian Ross, Irwin Shaw, Hortense Calisher, Philip Roth and Wallace Stegner. Cheever's first prize story The Embarkment for Cythera is part of The Wapshot Scandal; J. C. Oates' Stigmata, which comes in second, makes use of extraordinary circumstances to reveal the consequences of a failure to ove; and the third prize story is Margaret Shedd's The Everlasting Witness in which woman, looking for her missing son in war newsreels, is unwilling to accept the clear issues of death or life. Malamud's The Jewbird is a very effective creation of a talking bird fleeing from ""Anti-Semeets""; Irwin Shaw, though still involved with the azi problem, is totally compelling in The Inhabitants of Venus. This collection seems especially worthwhile and durable and it is interesting that 20% of the stories originally appeared in The New Yorker.

Pub Date: March 20th, 1964
Publisher: Doubleday