The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories (Paperback)

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By Laura Furman (Editor), A. S. Byatt (Essay by), Anthony Doerr (Essay by)
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A collection of the twenty best contemporary short stories selected by series editor Laura Furman from hundreds of literary magazines, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2009 features unforgettable tales in settings as diverse as post-war Vietnam, a luxurious seaside development in Cape Town, an Egyptian desert village, and a permanently darkened New York City. Also included are essays from the eminent jurors on their favorite stories, observations from the winners on what inspired them, and an extensive resource list of magazines.

About the Author

Laura Furman's work has appeared in "The New Yorker," "Vanity Fair," "Ploughshares," "The Yale Review," and other magazines. She is the founding editor of the highly regarded "American Short Fiction" (three-time finalist for the American Magazine Award). A professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin, she teaches in the graduate James A. Michener Center for writers. She lives in Austin.

Praise For…

“The 90th anniversary edition of this prestigious collection is a must-read for both aspiring writers and devoted short story readers.... This year’s prize winners reflect the increasingly robust, diverse, and international flavor or the genre in general.” —Booklist

“Widely regarded as the nation's most prestigious awards for short fiction.”
The Atlantic Monthly

“The annual O. Henry Prize Stories provide a barometer of contemporary emotional and political concerns.... Stories that refract our present world.”
Los Angeles Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9780307280350
ISBN-10: 0307280357
Publisher: Anchor Books
Publication Date: May 5th, 2009
Pages: 435
Language: English
Series: Pen / O. Henry Prize Stories