American Short Stories
The short story in Britain is often regarded as the poor relation of the literary world. James Lasdun, one of our own best contemporary short story writers, has said, ‘writers tend to write stories as a kind of holiday between novels, or as preliminary steps towards a novel. Stories just donít often make up a writerís main body of work and thatís not because they donít see the market for it.’
Viewed from this country the short story in America has always seemed to be in ruder health. A rich tradition informs the present and several of the more interesting contemporary writers, from Cheever through to Tobias Wolff and Lorrie Moore, have made their reputations through the genre. There are many currently producing great writing, but to whet your appetite we have picked out a few, new and established, you might not have yet tried.
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