Esquire's Big Book of Fiction

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Adrienne Miller
Context Books, 2002 - Fiction - 797 pages
Since the first issue was published in 1933, Esquire has played a vibrant and vital role in American literary history. The magazine has been passionately dedicated to publishing short fiction that is lively, enlightening, but also necessary, and has, over the decades, helped launchthe careers of many of the most important writers of the century. This celebration of Esquire fiction contains forty-nine of the most outstandingshort stories to have appeared in the magazine.

Esquire's Big Book of Fiction features work from every decade of Esquire'slife-from Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck in the Thirties, Irwin Shaw in the Forties, Norman Mailer and John Barth in the Fifties, Philip Roth and John Updike in the Sixties, Barry Hannah and Harold Brodkey in the Seventies, Tobias Wolff and Tim O'Brien in the Eighties and Robert Stone and Russell Banks in the Nineties.

Collected here are "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" by Ernest Hemingway; "The Death of Justina" by John Cheever; "Towel Season" by Ron Carlson; "Parker's Back" by Flannery O'Connor; "Adult World (I)" and "Adult World (II)" by David Foster Wallace; "Neighbors" by Raymond Carver; "Fleur" by Louise Erdrich; "A Man in the Way" by F. Scott Fitzgerald; "In the Men's Room of the Sixteenth Century by Don DeLillo; "Rock Springs" by Richard Ford; "The Remobilization of Jacob Horner" by John Barth; and "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien.

Esquire's Big Book of Fiction is a stunning appraisal of the state of fiction in the 20th century, and beyond, and is a testament to the prominence and durability of one of the last remaining publications for short fiction in the country.

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Adrienne Miller is the literary editor at "Esquire," which won the 2004 National Magazine Award for Fiction. She was born in Columbus, Ohio, and grew up around Akron. She now lives in New York City. This is her first novel.

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