Esquires Big Book of Fiction

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Synopsis: Since the first issue was published in 1933, Esquire has played a vibrant and vital role in American literary history. The magazine has been passionately dedicated to publishing short fiction that is lively, enlightening, but also necessary, and has, over the decades, helped launch the careers of many of the most important writers of the century. This celebration of Esquire fiction contains forty-nine of the most outstanding short stories to have appeared in the magazine.

Esquire's Big Book of Fiction features work from every decade of Esquire's life-from Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck in the Thirties, Irwin Shaw in the Forties, Norman Mailer and John Barth in the Fifties, Philip Roth and John Updike in the Sixties, Barry Hannah and Harold Brodkey in the Seventies, Tobias Wolff and Tim O'Brien in the Eighties and Robert Stone and Russell Banks in the Nineties.

Collected here are "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" by Ernest Hemingway; "The Death of Justina" by John Cheever; "Towel Season" by Ron Carlson; "Parker's Back" by Flannery O'Connor; "Adult World I" and "Adult World II" by David Foster Wallace; "Neighbors" by Raymond Carver; "Fleur" by Louise Erdrich; "A Man in the Way" by F. Scott Fitzgerald; "In the Men's Room of the Sixteenth Century by Don DeLillo; "Rock Springs" by Richard Ford; "The Remobilization of Jacob Horner" by John Barth; and "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien.

Esquire's Big Book of Fiction is a stunning appraisal of the state of fiction in the 20th century, and beyond, and is a testament to the prominence and durability of one of the last remaining publications for short fiction in the country.

From Publishers Weekly: When it comes to fiction, writes Esquire's literary editor Miller in her introduction, the magazine's mandate has always been to "publish stories that take hold of you and don't let go." To see just how those stories have evolved over the past 70 years is one of the pleasures of this anthology, which gathers 54 pieces that have appeared in the magazine since its 1933 launch. The collection shows off Esquire's distinguished literary tradition with stories by the leading lights of each era, from Ernest Hemingway to David Foster Wallace. Hemingway's "The Snows of Kilimanjaro," John Steinbeck's "The Lonesome Vigilante," Flannery O'Connor's "Parker's Back" and Vladimir Nabokov's "The Visit to the Museum" mingle with pieces by Thomas McGuane, Russell Banks, Tony Earley, Aleksandar Hemon and Antonya Nelson. Esquire was among the first to publish Raymond Carver, with the 1971 "Neighbors," about a couple enthralled with their vacationing neighbors' apartment. The magazine also published early work by Philip Roth, such as "A Jewish Patient Begins His Analysis," perhaps more familiar to readers as the opening of Portnoy's Complaint, and by Don DeLillo, whose "In the Men's Room of the Sixteenth Century" follows Lady Madonna, a cop dressed as a woman, as he wanders Times Square on the anniversary of the beheading of St. Thomas More. Most of the contributors will probably be familiar to readers, but then, this isn't the place to find the latest crop of baby geniuses it's a chance to rediscover some of the best of 20th-century short fiction.
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