Object Lessons

Object Lessons

The Paris Review Presents the Art of the Short Story

Paperback - 2012
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A New York Magazine Best Book of the Year
A Huffington Post Best Book of the Year
Twenty contemporary authors introduce twenty sterling examples of the short story from the pages of The Paris Review .

What does it take to write a great short story? In Object Lessons , twenty contemporary masters of the genre answer that question, sharing favorite stories from the pages of The Paris Review . Over the course of the last half century, the Review has launched hundreds of careers while publishing some of the most inventive and best-loved stories of our time. This anthology---the first of its kind---is more than a treasury: it is an indispensable resource for writers, students, and anyone else who wants to understand fiction from a writer's point of view.

"Some chose classics. Some chose stories that were new even to us. Our hope is that this collection will be useful to young writers, and to others interested in literary technique. Most of all, it is intended for readers who are not (or are no longer) in the habit of reading short stories. We hope these object lessons will remind them how varied the form can be, how vital it remains, and how much pleasure it can give."--from the Editors' Note

WITH SELECTIONS BY
Daniel Alarc#65533;n #65533; Donald Barthelme #65533; Ann Beattie #65533; David Bezmozgis #65533; Jorge Luis Borges #65533; Jane Bowles #65533; Ethan Canin #65533; Raymond Carver #65533; Evan S. Connell #65533; Bernard Cooper #65533; Guy Davenport #65533; Lydia Davis #65533; Dave Eggers #65533; Jeffrey Eugenides #65533; Mary Gaitskill #65533; Thomas Glynn #65533; Aleksandar Hemon #65533; Amy Hempel #65533; Mary-Beth Hughes #65533; Denis Johnson #65533; Jonathan Lethem #65533; Sam Lipsyte #65533; Ben Marcus #65533; David Means #65533; Leonard Michaels #65533; Steven Millhauser #65533; Lorrie Moore #65533; Craig Nova #65533; Daniel Orozco #65533; Mary Robison #65533; Norman Rush #65533; James Salter #65533; Mona Simpson #65533; Ali Smith #65533; Wells Tower #65533; Dallas Wiebe #65533; Joy Williams

Publisher: New York : Picador, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781250016188
1250016185
9781250005984
1250005981
Characteristics: 358 p. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Stein, Sadie
Stein, Lorin
Alternative Title: Paris review.

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Davidamartin Sep 26, 2013

As a writer I found this book important in revealing the workings and structure of many successful short story writers. For someone who has a tendency to explore every tangent and thus write endless stories of untenable length, this book has helped illustrate a slimmed down craft for our busy times. Short stories and Haiku (or micro-poetry) may be the perfect forms for the short attention spans and the minimal leisure reading our modern lives allow. Like the guy who taught me to paint (houses) said, "If you can't paint it with a 3" brush, what are you doing?"

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StephenB
Jan 30, 2013

Varied group of literary stories, generally accessible and entertaining, a little heavy on the humour. Each selected and introduced by a well known writer; the brief intros also vary in interest. I enjoyed almost all the stories. Good anthology.

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