Object Lessons: The Paris Review Presents the Art of the Short Story

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Twenty modern authors introduce twenty sterling examples of the fast tale from the pages of The Paris Review.

What does it take to write down a superb brief tale? In Object Lessons, twenty modern masters of the style resolution that query, sharing favourite tales from the pages of The Paris Review. Over the process the final part century, the evaluation has introduced hundreds and hundreds of careers whereas publishing the most creative and best-loved tales of our time. This anthology---the first of its kind---is greater than a treasury: it really is an crucial source for writers, scholars, and somebody else who desires to comprehend fiction from a writer's element of view.

"Some selected classics. a few selected tales that have been new even to us. Our wish is this assortment can be beneficial to younger writers, and to others drawn to literary procedure. so much of all, it truly is meant for readers who're no longer (or are not any longer) within the behavior of examining brief tales. we are hoping those item classes will remind them how diverse the shape might be, how important it continues to be, and what kind of excitement it might give."―from the Editors' Note

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Daniel Alarcón · Donald Barthelme · Ann Beattie · David Bezmozgis · Jorge Luis Borges · Jane Bowles · Ethan Canin · Raymond Carver · Evan S. Connell · Bernard Cooper · man Davenport · Lydia Davis · Dave Eggers · Jeffrey Eugenides · Mary Gaitskill · Thomas Glynn · Aleksandar Hemon · Amy Hempel · Mary-Beth Hughes · Denis Johnson · Jonathan Lethem · Sam Lipsyte · Ben Marcus · David ability · Leonard Michaels · Steven Millhauser · Lorrie Moore · Craig Nova · Daniel Orozco · Mary Robison · Norman Rush · James Salter · Mona Simpson · Ali Smith · Wells Tower · Dallas Wiebe · pleasure Williams

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