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Edward J.O'Brien and His Role in the Rise of the American Short Story in the 1920s and 1930s

Studies in American Literature No 46

By (author) Roy S. Simmonds
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 30th Jun 2001
Dimensions: h 235mm
ISBN-10: 0773473955
ISBN-13: 9780773473959
Barcode No: 9780773473959
This biography provides a balanced assessment of the true achievement of this complex and work-driven personality, who played an essential role as a discerning editor at a time when the short story scene in America was undergoing a radical evolution. In April 1916, Edward J. O'Brien published "The Best Short Stories of 1915", which proved to be the first of the series of annual anthologies of the short stories he considered the cream of those appearing in US magazines during the preceding 12 months. It continued under his guidance until the 1941 volume published posthumously in his name. In the eyes of many young writers -Sherwood Anderson, Ernest Hemingway and William Saroyan, for example - he became regarded as a respected authority, providing them with encouragement and inspiration by reprinting their stories in his anthologies. He loyally supported the so-called "little" magazines and was instrumental in drawing the attention of both readers and writers to their existence. In Oxford, he co-edited the short-lived "New Stories" as an anticipated British equivalent of "Story".

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