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The Best Short Stories of 1915 And the Yearbook of the American Short Story   By: (1890-1941)

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In "The Best Short Stories of 1915 And the Yearbook of the American Short Story" edited by Edward Joseph Harrington O'Brien, readers are treated to an exquisite collection of literary gems from the golden age of American short fiction. As the title suggests, this anthology encompasses a range of stories published in the year 1915, offering a comprehensive snapshot of the era's thriving short story scene.

O'Brien's editorship shines through in the meticulous curation of this collection. By compiling the works of various renowned authors, he adeptly showcases the breadth and depth of talent present in the American literary landscape of the time. From renowned names like Edith Wharton and Sherwood Anderson to lesser-known but equally captivating authors, the book presents a rich tapestry of voices, themes, and styles.

One of the standout aspects of this anthology is its ability to transport readers to different worlds within a few pages. Each story masterfully immerses the reader in its own distinct setting, whether it be a quaint New England town or the bustling streets of New York City. The vivid descriptions and vibrant characterization bring these worlds to life, enabling readers to fully engage with the narratives.

While every story presented in this collection has its own merits, a few deserve special mention for their exceptional craftsmanship. Edith Wharton's "Kerfol" is a haunting tale of love, betrayal, and spectral presence that lingers long after the final words. Sherwood Anderson's "The Man Who Became a Woman" challenges societal norms, delving into the complexities of gender identity with remarkable sensitivity.

Another remarkable aspect of this anthology is the reflection it offers on the concerns and preoccupations of the time. Through themes such as class divisions, economic struggles, and the changing role of women in society, these stories provide a valuable window into the social and cultural fabric of 1915 America. Readers gain a deeper appreciation for the issues that were central to the era, as well as the subtleties of the human condition that transcend time.

Although it is evident that the stories of 1915 were written a century ago, O'Brien's careful selection ensures their relevance remains intact. These tales continue to captivate modern readers as they grapple with universal themes of love, loss, identity, and our place in the world. The masterful storytelling exhibited by the authors resonates across time, making this anthology a timeless treasure.

In conclusion, "The Best Short Stories of 1915 And the Yearbook of the American Short Story" serves as a remarkable testament to the enduring power of the short story form. O'Brien's editorial touch successfully combines variety, quality, and thoughtfulness to create a literary collection that both entertains and enlightens. Whether you are a lover of classic literature or new to the world of short fiction, this anthology offers an enchanting exploration of an era characterized by literary brilliance.

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Copyright, 1915, 1916, by The Boston Transcript.

Copyright, 1915, by Charles Scribner's Sons, Harper and Brothers, The Century Company, The Masses Publishing Company, P.F. Collier & Son, Incorporated, Margaret C. Anderson, Mitchell Kennerley, The Ridgway Company, Illustrated Sunday Magazine, John T. Frederick, Every Week Corporation, Boston Daily Advertiser, The Bellman Company, The Outlook Company, and The Curtis Publishing Company.

Copyright, 1916, by Maxwell Struthers Burt, Donn Byrne, Will Levington Comfort, William Addison Dwiggins, James Francis Dwyer, Ben Hecht, Arthur Johnson, Virgil Jordan, Harris Merton Lyon, Walter J. Muilenburg, Newbold Noyes, Seumas O'Brien, Katharine Metcalf Roof, Benjamin Rosenblatt, Elsie Singmaster Lewars, Wilbur Daniel Steele, Mary Synon, and Fannie Hurst.

Copyright, 1916, by Small, Maynard and Company, Incorporated.

Second Printing, June, 1916 Third Printing, October, 1916 Fourth Printing, December, 1916 Fifth Printing, May, 1917




Grateful acknowledgment for permission to include the stories in this volume is made to the following authors, editors, publishers, and copyright holders:

To Charles Scribner's Sons and Mr... Continue reading book >>

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