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American Masterpieces of Short Fiction

The short story, one of America’s great genres, provides a lens through which to view the shifting currents and increasing diversity in American society. From the early 20th century to today, the form has expanded to include writers of ever-varying backgrounds and voices. Starting with modernist writers, including Sherwood Anderson, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, and Djuna Barnes, and continuing through such contemporaries as Jamaica Kincaid, Sherman Alexie, Lydia Davis, Junot Díaz, and Amy Hempel, we’ll explore a range of writing styles, content, and demographics that reflect the wealth of talent that American short fiction continues to produce.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Increased cultural literacy
  • Familiarity with masterpieces of American short fiction

Ideal for

  • The curious and creative
  • Professionals who use critical thinking
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