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Introduction to Literary Context: American Short Fiction highlights significant American short fiction that is studied by high school and undergraduate college students. This volume includes discussion of 39 works of short fiction, including: Bluebeard's Egg (Margaret Atwood); Everything that Rises Must Converge (Flannery O'Connor); Girl (Jamaica Kincaid); Go Down, Moses (William Faulkner); I Stand Here Ironing (Tillie Olson); Runaway (Alice Munro); Sonny's Blues (James Baldwin); Sweat (Zora Neale Hurston); The Haunting of Hill House (Shirley Jackson); The Story of an Hour (Kate Chopin); The Swimmer (John Cheever); To Build a Fire (Jack London); and You're Ugly, Too (Lorrie Moore).

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American Short Fiction is the latest entry in Salem Press’ Introduction to Literary Context series, which was designed to place literature in its historical, societal, scientific, and religious context while accompanying the main Critical Insights series. In this volume, 40 short stories by nineteenth- and twentieth-century American authors are analyzed by showing how they reflect their time periods. The works are arranged alphabetically by the title of the story. The essays do an excellent job bringing out the context of the stories. Each six- to eight-page essay has six sections: Content Synopsis summarizes the story; Historical Context relates it to the time period; Societal Context describes the role of society in the story; Religious Context explains how religion influences the work; Scientific and Technological Context explains how science affects the story; and Biographical Context gives insights into the author’s life. Each essay ends with a list of discussion questions, essay ideas, and a list of works cited. Of the 40 stories, 15 are by nineteenth-­century authors, with 9 of those by Edgar Allan Poe. Although Nathaniel Hawthorne, Jack London, Stephen Crane, Kate Chopin, and Ambrose Bierce are included, Washington Irving, Mark Twain, Herman Melville, and Henry James are not. The divergent group of twentieth-century authors includes John Cheever, Margaret Atwood, Flannery O’Connor, Jamaica Kincaid, J. D. Salinger, and more, but F. Scott ­Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway are missing. Fewer stories by Poe and more from other authors would make it more inclusive. This volume will be helpful to literature teachers, students, and fiction readers by giving information that supplements other literary criticism. A recommended purchase for public, school, and college libraries. --Merle Jacob

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Gr 9 Up—With too many typos, this set is ill-prepared and unclear in its purpose. Ostensibly an introduction to "short fiction," it includes Shirley Jackson's novel The Haunting of Hill House, and Faulkner's novel-esque collection of intertwined stories, Go Down, Moses, while also devoting an entry to "The Bear" (a story from that same collection). The typos (geometry instead of geography, for example, and stating that Faulkner received the 1949 "Novel Prize") are clearly accidents, not reflective necessarily of any intrinsic weakness in the book, but certainly they are reflective of a lack of editorial care that is sadly also apparent in the very rudimentary level of some of the articles. The discussion of Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" barely touches the surface of the work's profound theological and moral dimensions. To dismiss the "Misfit" as a devil-like representation of hypocrisy without pressing further presents a cursory reading of the story at best. Each entry includes a general synopsis, along with a discussion of symbols and motifs and the historical, societal, religious, scientific and technological, and biographical contexts present in the story. While the writing is clear and easy to follow, the discussion questions at the end of each entry will be helpful to teachers and reading-group organizers, and the list of essay ideas of use to students and teachers, the volume as a whole is lacking.—Herman Sutter, St. Agnes Academy, Houston.

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