Catalog 105, Anthologies
1. House of Fiction. NY: Scribner, 1950. An important short story anthology assembled by Caroline Gordon and her husband, Allen Tate. The collection was dedicated to Max Perkins. This copy bears a handwritten notice on the front free endpaper that it was presented to Morris Gordon, Caroline's brother, by the authors. A well-worn copy in a homemade book jacket. Only good, but a good presentation and an excellent family association.
2. Best Little Magazine Fiction 1970. NY: New York University Press, 1970. The scarce hardcover issue of this uncommon volume, edited by Curt Johnson, publisher of the little magazine, December. Featuring Raymond Carver (Stull B2), Joyce Carol Oates, and the first work of fiction by Rick DeMarinis, among others. Fine in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket.
3. Free Fire Zone. Short Stories By Vietnam Veterans. Coventry: 1st Casualty (1973). An important anthology, the first such collection of fiction by Vietnam vets, published by a small press run by vets and associated with Vietnam Veterans Against the War. This book provided early or debut appearances for such writers as George Davis (Coming Home), Loyd Little (Parthian Shot), William Pelfrey (The Big V), and David Huddle, among others. This is the true first edition, only issued in wrappers. Later there was a hardcover edition (and another softcover edition) published by McGraw-Hill, but this is the true first. Covers slightly rubbed; near fine.
4. The Man To Send Rain Clouds. NY: Viking (1974). Edited by Kenneth Rosen. The first anthology of fiction by contemporary Native American writers to be published by a mainstream New York publisher, and to bring the work of a number of young Indian writers to a wide general readership. Includes seven stories by Leslie Marmon Silko, including the title story; five by Simon Ortiz; and contributions by Anna Lee Walters, the painter R.C. Gorman, and Opal Lee Popkes, who has lengthily inscribed this copy on the half title. This book went out of print shortly after publication and remained that way until some years later when it was reissued in paperback; now it is considered one of the standard introductory books to the field of Native American literature or multicultural studies. Quite scarce in the first edition. Recipient's name on front flyleaf; else fine in a fine dust jacket.
5. Giant Talk. NY: Random House (1975). An anthology of Third World writings, co-edited and inscribed by Quincy Troupe. Among the hundreds of contributors are Derek Walcott, Toni Cade Bambara, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, Pablo Neruda, Wole Soyinka, Alice Walker, Ralph Ellison, Chinua Achebe, Amiri Baraka, Lucille Clifton, Ernest Gaines, José Donoso, Carlos Fuentes, James Welch, Ray Youngbear, Gabriel García Márquez, Nikki Giovanni and Toni Morrison. An important anthology, the publication of which helped to enable the movement toward multicultural studies. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
6. London Magazine Stories 10. (London): London Magazine Editions (1976). Contributors include Graham Swift, William Trevor and Paul Theroux, among others. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
7. The Best American Short Stories 1980. [Boston]: [Houghton Mifflin], . Unbound 8 1/2" x 11" sheets of this collection edited by Stanley Elkin and with stories by John Updike, John Sayles, Donald Barthelme, Grace Paley, Peter Taylor, Mavis Gallant, Elizabeth Hardwick and others. Elkin's introduction bears copyeditor's marks throughout. Minor edgewear to a few pages; else fine.
8. Matters of Life and Death. New American Stories. (Green Harbor): Wampeter Press (1983). The scarce hardcover issue of this important collection edited by Tobias Wolff, and including pieces by Raymond Carver, Richard Ford, William Kittredge, Joy Williams, Ann Beattie, Stanley Elkin, John Gardner, Ron Hansen, Jayne Anne Phillips, Richard Yates, and others. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with several short edge tears; the jacket wears poorly as is doesn't fit well.
9. Prize Stories 1985. Garden City: Doubleday, 1985. Proof copy of this annual collection. Jane Smiley, Ann Beattie, Susan Minot, Wright Morris, Louise Erdrich, Tobias Wolff, Oates, Updike and many others. Fine in wrappers.
10. Prize Stories 1986. Garden City: Doubleday, 1986. The uncorrected proof copy of the year's O. Henry Award winners, with first prize awarded to Alice Walker. Other contributors include Bobbie Ann Mason, Alice Adams, Gordon Lish, Peter Cameron, Deborah Eisenberg, Stuart Dybek, Ward Just, and Joyce Carol Oates, who earns a "special award for continuing achievement." Near fine in wrappers.
11. Prize Stories 1987. Garden City: Doubleday, 1987. The uncorrected proof copy of the year's O. Henry Awards, with first prize jointly awarded to Louise Erdrich and Joyce Johnson. Other contributors include Gina Berriault, Joyce Carol Oates, Mary Robison, Stuart Dybek, Grace Paley, Daniel Stern, Richard Bausch, Robert Boswell, Donald Barthelme, and Alice Adams, among others. Short tear at base of front spine fold; very good.
12. Four Minute Fictions. Flagstaff: World Beat Press (1987). A collection of short-short fiction, and an introduction to the form. Fifty stories, by writers such as Raymond Carver, T.C. Boyle, Barry Lopez, Jayne Anne Phillips and W.P. Kinsella. Light bump to one upper board edge; else fine in a fine dust jacket.
13. The Graywolf Annual Four: Short Stories by Men. Saint Paul: Graywolf Press (1988). A collection of mostly previously-published pieces, only issued in wrappers. Edited by Scott Walker and including appearances by Raymond Carver, Richard Ford, Tobias Wolff, Tim O'Brien, William Kittredge, David Long, Charles Baxter, Robert Olmstead, Stuart Dybek, Frederick Busch, Allan Cheuse, and others. Fine.
14. Lord John 10. Northridge: Lord John Press, 1988. An impressive anthology celebrating ten years of the Press's existence, collecting pieces by twenty-six contributors written expressly for this volume. Including, and signed by, John Updike, Raymond Carver, James Crumley, Ray Bradbury, William Everson, Jim Harrison, Tess Gallagher, Joyce Carol Oates, James Purdy, Derek Walcott, former President Gerald Ford, and many others. This is the deluxe edition, one of 75 copies quarterbound in leather. A tiny bit of shelfwear to the corners of the spine, otherwise fine, without dust jacket, as issued.
15. -. Same title, one of 250 clothbound copies. Also signed by the 26 contributors. Fine, without dust jacket, as issued.
16. The Best American Short Stories 1988. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1988. Contributors include Robert Stone, Raymond Carver, Louise Erdrich, Rick Bass, Tobias Wolff, Richard Bausch, Gish Jen, Mavis Gallant, Brian Kiteley, and others. This is the uncorrected proof copy. Light corner creasing; near fine in wrappers, and signed by Robert Stone on the title page.
17. The Best American Short Stories 1989. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1989. The uncorrected proof copy. Edited by Margaret Atwood; with stories by Michael Cunningham, Larry Brown, Madison Smartt Bell, Robert Boswell, Charles Baxter, Harriet Doerr, Linda Hogan, Mark Richard, Bharati Mukherjee, Alice Munro, Mavis Gallant, and others. Fine in wrappers.
18. -. Another copy. Near fine.
19. Louder than Words. NY: Vintage (1989). The uncorrected proof copy of a collection of original stories donated by authors to benefit the fight against hunger, homelessness and illiteracy. With contributions by Louise Erdrich, Anne Tyler, Joyce Carol Oates, Ethan Canin, Madison Smartt Bell, Richard Bausch, Richard Russo, Amy Hempel, Michael Dorris, Mona Simpson, Charles Baxter, Robert Olmstead, Carolyn See and others. Covers unevenly sunned, and a small stain on the front; near fine in wrappers. Issued as a paperback original.
20. The Pushcart Prize XIV. (Wainscott): Pushcart Press (1989). The uncorrected proof copy of this anthology of selections from the previous year's small press publications. Introduced by Tess Gallagher and dedicated to the memory of Raymond Carver. With stories by Paul Bowles, Julian Barnes, Charles Baxter, Lydia Davis, Kristina McGrath, Joyce Carol Oates, Edward Hoagland, and many others. A few light pencil check marks in the table of contents, still near fine in wrappers. A scarce proof.
21. The Best American Short Stories 1990. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1990. The uncorrected proof copy. Selected and with an introduction by Richard Ford. Authors include Denis Johnson, Pamela Houston, Richard Bausch, Madison Smartt Bell, Steven Millhauser, Lorrie Moore, Alice Munro, Christopher Tilghman, Joy Williams, Elizabeth Tallent, Dennis McFarland, etc. Near fine in wrappers.
22. The New Gothic. NY: Random House (1991). The uncorrected proof copy of this collection of Gothic fiction by such writers as Martin Amis, Paul West, Jeanette Winterson, Kathy Acker, John Edgar Wideman, William T. Vollmann, Joyce Carol Oates, and others. Signed by editors and contributors Bradford Morrow and Patrick McGrath and contributor Scott Bradfield. Fine in wrappers.
23. The Best American Short Stories 1992. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1992. The advance reading copy of this collection edited by Robert Stone. Includes the title story from Robert Olen Butler's Pulitzer Prize-winning collection A Good Scent From a Strange Mountain. Fine in wrappers.
24. The Best American Short Stories 1993. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1993. The advance reading copy, marked "uncorrected proof." Edited and introduced by Louise Erdrich, and including stories by Thom Jones, John Updike, Wendell Berry, Alice Munro, Susan Power, Tony Earley, Janet Peery, Antonya Nelson, Lorrie Moore, and others. Fine in wrappers.
25. Prize Stories 1993. NY: Doubleday (1993). The uncorrected proof copy of the year's O. Henry Awards. The prize-winning story is the title story of Thom Jones's well-received first collection, The Pugilist at Rest. Other contributors include Charles Johnson, Joyce Carol Oates, Lorrie Moore, Alice Adams, Antonya Nelson, Stephen Dixon, Kate Wheeler, Jennifer Egan and others. Small spots to front cover; near fine in wrappers.
26. The Unforgetting Heart. San Francisco: Aunt Lute (1993). Proof copy of this anthology of short stories by African-American women, spanning the years 1859-1993 and including Zora Neale Hurston, Paule Marshall, Alice Walker, Gloria Naylor, J. California Cooper, Terry McMillan, Toni Cade Bambara, Sonia Sanchez, Rita Dove, Ann Petry, Kristin Hunter and others. Fine in wraps.
27. The Best American Short Stories 1994. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1994. The advance reading copy of this anthology edited by Tobias Wolff, with stories by Sherman Alexie, Robert Olen Butler, Thom Jones, Stuart Dybek, Tony Earley, Chris Offut, Barry Hannah, Christopher Tilghman, and others. Fine in wrappers.
28. The Best American Short Stories 1995. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1995. The uncorrected proof copy of this collection edited and introduced by Jane Smiley. With work by Thom Jones, Don DeLillo, Kate Braverman, Ellen Gilchrist, Andrea Barrett, Joy Williams, Gish Jen, Jamaica Kincaid, and others. Near fine in wrappers.
29. American Gothic Tales. (NY): Plume (1996). The uncorrected proof copy of this collection edited and introduced by Joyce Carol Oates and including a story by her. With contributions by writers such as Nicholson Baker, Steven Millhauser, Anne Rice, Don DeLillo, John Crowley, Stephen King and many others both living and dead, with stories arranged by birth date. T.C. Boyle is listed as a contributor on the rear cover, but no story appears. Fine in wrappers.
30. Best American Short Stories 1996. Boston/NY: Houghton Mifflin, 1996. Edited by John Edgar Wideman. The advance reading copy in glossy wrappers (marked "Uncorrected Proof"). With stories by Rick Bass, Alice Adams, Robert Olen Butler, Jamaica Kincaid, Melanie Rae Thon, and Joyce Carol Oates, among others. Lower corners of pages bumped, otherwise fine in wrappers.
31. The Morrow Anthology of Great Western Short Stories. NY: Morrow (1997). The advance reading copy of this collection. The writers include the usual round-up for this genre, as well as a number of lesser known authors whose pieces appear here for the first time. Fine in wrappers.
32. The Best American Mystery Stories 1997. Boston/NY: Houghton Mifflin, 1997. The advance reading copy. Edited and introduced by Robert Parker. Stories by James Crumley, Elmore Leonard, Joyce Carol Oates, Jeremiah Healy, Jonathan Kellerman, Andrew Klavan, and others. Fine in wrappers.
33. God: Stories. Boston/NY: Houghton Mifflin (1998). The uncorrected proof copy of a collection edited by C. Michael Curtis. Thirty stories on the subject of faith by writers such as John Updike, Andre Dubus, Bernard Malamud, Louise Erdrich, Alice Munro, Flannery O'Connor, James Baldwin, Philip Roth, Eudora Welty and Tobias Wolff. While all of the stories have been previously published, a number of them appear to enjoy their first book publication in this volume (Wolff, Erdrich, and others). Fine in wrappers.
34. Lamps on the Brow. (Aliso Viejo): James Cahill Publishing, 1998. A collection of science fiction and fantasy stories by David Brin, Andre Norton, Gene Wolfe, A.E. Van Vogt, Harry C. Stubbs, Laura Resnick, Mike Resnick, Josepha Sherman, Bruce Bethke and Gregory Benford. Introduction by Ben Bova. One of 274 numbered copies, signed by the contributors. Fine in a fine slipcase.