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The Best Short Stories of 1920

and the Yearbook of the American Short Story

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1920
Language: English
Wordcount: 169,734 / 532 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 46
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 1,406
Added to site: 2007.07.18 17671

The Other Woman.
By Sherwood Anderson

By Edwina Stanton Babcock

By Konrad Bercovici

The Life of Five Points.
By Edna Clare Bryner

The Signal Tower.
By Wadsworth Camp

The Parting Genius.
By Helen Coale Crew

By Katharine Fullerton Gerould

The Judgment of Vulcan.
By Lee Foster Hartman

The Stick-in-the-Muds.
By Rupert Hughes

His Job.
By Grace Sartwell Mason

The Rending.
By James Oppenheim

The Dummy-Chucker.
By Arthur Somers Roche

By Rose Sidney

The Rotter.
By Fleta Campbell Springer

Out of Exile.
By Wilbur Daniel Steele

The Three Telegrams.
By Ethel Storm

The Roman Bath.
By John T. Wheelwright

By Stephen French Whitman

By Ben Ames Williams

Turkey Red.
By Frances Gilchrist Wood

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and organised criticism at its best would be nothing more than dead criticism, as all dogmatic interpretation of life is always dead. What has interested me, to the exclusion of other things, is the fresh, living current which flows through the best of our work, and the psychological and imaginative reality which our writers have conferred upon it.

No substance is of importance in fiction, unless it is organic substance, that is to say, substance in which the pulse of life is beating. Inorganic fiction has been our curse in the past, and bids fair to remain so, unless we exercise much greater artistic discrimination than we display at present.

The present record covers the period from October, 1919, to September, 1920, inclusive. During this period, I have sought to select from the stories published in American magazines those which have rendered life imaginatively in organic substance and artistic form. Substance is something achieved by the artist in every act of creation, rather than somethi



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