Stories for Men : An Anthology book cover
1st Edition

Stories for Men
An Anthology

ISBN 9781412818391
Published February 28, 2011 by Routledge
514 Pages

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Book Description

Can the reading public imagine a less likely but more needed book than Stories for Men - a seventy-five-year- old anthology edited by Charles Grayson - written in an age when such a title would scarcely raise an eyebrow! Imagine a book about men in which the featured theme is not rapists, child abusers, or men who never weep, feel little sorrow, or prefer dog fighting to baseball.To say the least, this is a counter-cultural collective portrait necessary in today's politically correct world. The original editor, Charles Grayson, hit the nail on the head in his "explicit" opening remarks. "The only claim we make for this book is that it doesn't pretend to offer the best, or the finest, in the world's foremost short stories by contemporary masters. Simply it is just a bundle of yarns by present day American writers, each dealing with a different phase of the actions and activities of men, designed for good reading." The text fulfills its mission.The work features little known short stories by such major writers as Erskine Caldwell on racial relations, James M. Cain on murder, James T. Farrell on street life, Dashiell Hammett on men and divorce, Ring W. Lardner on baseball, Damon Runyon on football, William Saroyan on horseracing, Thomas Wolfe on travel, William Faulkner on foreigners, among many others. For readers interested in a slice of America, this will be a book of inestimable value as well as personal pleasure. Stories for Men will prove ideal.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition, The Ambassador of Poker, Elementals, Dressing Up, Dead Man, The Negro in the Well, High Air, The Most Dangerous Game, The Blue Wall, Success Story, The Hanging of Kruscome Shanks, Twenty-five Bucks, Turn About, That’s What Happened to Me, A Short Trip Home, The Lord’s Day, Two Sharp Knives, The Mystery of the Fabulous Laundryman, The Undefeated, Harmony, The Grand stand Complex, The Cook’s Victory, All My Love, “You’re Dead!”, A Cup of Coffee, Undertaker Song, With Bated Breath, Little Miss Universe, Stunts, The Bulldogger, Not in the Ritual, The Greatest Man in the World, A Stranger Appears, Fortitude, Boom Town, Madame Cocaud

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