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For the past three decades, William Abrahams has  selected the O. Henry Award winners. Building on  a tradition that spans over three quarters of a  century, The O. Henry Awards has been "widely  regarded as the nation's most prestigious awards  for short fiction" (The Atlantic  Monthly). Every year, Abrahams has chosen a  diverse group of stories and writers to creat a  c For the past three decades, William Abrahams has  selected the O. Henry Award winners. Building on  a tradition that spans over three quarters of a  century, The O. Henry Awards has been "widely  regarded as the nation's most prestigious awards  for short fiction" (The Atlantic  Monthly). Every year, Abrahams has chosen a  diverse group of stories and writers to creat a  collection that includes perennial favorites as well  as an increasing number of lesser known writers,  many of whom have gone on to become seminal voices  in current American fiction. Prize  Stories 1996 is both William Abrahams's  thirtieth anniversary as Editor of this landmark  collection and his last, which gives this collection a  special resonance. The twenty or more stories  selected for this honor each yhear are culled from a  broad range of American magazines both large and  small, offering the reader the full sweep and variety  of today's fiction. As in previous years,  Prize Stories 1996 concludes with a  contributors' notes section including comments by the  writers on the inspirations behind their stories,  providing readers with a unique entrÚe into the  writers' creative processes. Representing the  excellence of contemporary fiction writing, these stories  demonstrate the continuing strenghth and vitality  of the American short story. From the Hardcover edition.


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For the past three decades, William Abrahams has  selected the O. Henry Award winners. Building on  a tradition that spans over three quarters of a  century, The O. Henry Awards has been "widely  regarded as the nation's most prestigious awards  for short fiction" (The Atlantic  Monthly). Every year, Abrahams has chosen a  diverse group of stories and writers to creat a  c For the past three decades, William Abrahams has  selected the O. Henry Award winners. Building on  a tradition that spans over three quarters of a  century, The O. Henry Awards has been "widely  regarded as the nation's most prestigious awards  for short fiction" (The Atlantic  Monthly). Every year, Abrahams has chosen a  diverse group of stories and writers to creat a  collection that includes perennial favorites as well  as an increasing number of lesser known writers,  many of whom have gone on to become seminal voices  in current American fiction. Prize  Stories 1996 is both William Abrahams's  thirtieth anniversary as Editor of this landmark  collection and his last, which gives this collection a  special resonance. The twenty or more stories  selected for this honor each yhear are culled from a  broad range of American magazines both large and  small, offering the reader the full sweep and variety  of today's fiction. As in previous years,  Prize Stories 1996 concludes with a  contributors' notes section including comments by the  writers on the inspirations behind their stories,  providing readers with a unique entrÚe into the  writers' creative processes. Representing the  excellence of contemporary fiction writing, these stories  demonstrate the continuing strenghth and vitality  of the American short story. From the Hardcover edition.

30 review for Prize Stories 1996: The O. Henry Awards

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carlos Diaz

    I love short story anthologies and this one is actually one of my favorites because it's the first one I read as a public library employee. I have since read a plethora of library books. My library card gets plenty of mileage. Anyway, each of the 20 stories in this book is excellent, highlighted by the masterpiece "The Man in the Black Suit" by Stephen King, horror story master. I love short stories. They're like vehicles—they'll take you places. That is all. I love short story anthologies and this one is actually one of my favorites because it's the first one I read as a public library employee. I have since read a plethora of library books. My library card gets plenty of mileage. Anyway, each of the 20 stories in this book is excellent, highlighted by the masterpiece "The Man in the Black Suit" by Stephen King, horror story master. I love short stories. They're like vehicles—they'll take you places. That is all.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Roland Martinez

    Three of the stories were really good. King's now much anthologized Man in the Black Suit, Oates' Mark of Satan and Menaker's Influenza. Adams' His women, Sharma's If you Sing Like That For Me, and Hoffman's Stones were worth a read. The rest varied between forgettable and painful. Three of the stories were really good. King's now much anthologized Man in the Black Suit, Oates' Mark of Satan and Menaker's Influenza. Adams' His women, Sharma's If you Sing Like That For Me, and Hoffman's Stones were worth a read. The rest varied between forgettable and painful.

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