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James Alan McPherson (1943–2016)

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James Alan McPherson Jr. was born in Savannah, Georgia on September 16, 1943. He received a bachelor's degree from Morris Brown College in 1965, a law degree from Harvard Law School, and a master of fine arts degree from the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. While still in law school, he vis mere won a contest sponsored by The Atlantic Monthly magazine for a semi-autobiographical short story called Gold Coast. His first short story collection, Hue and Cry, was published in 1969. His next anthology, Elbow Room, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1978. He also wrote memoirs including Going Up to Atlanta and Crabcakes. In 1981, he was among the first 21 people who received what became known as genius awards from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He taught at the University of Virginia and the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. He died from complications of pneumonia on July 27, 2016 at the age of 72. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

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The Best American Short Stories of the Century (2000) — Bidragyder — 1,547 eksemplarer
The Stories of Breece D'J Pancake (1983) — Forord — 805 eksemplarer
The Granta Book of the American Short Story (1992) — Bidragyder — 367 eksemplarer
The Treasury of American Short Stories (1981) — Bidragyder — 267 eksemplarer
The Best American Essays 1994 (1994) — Bidragyder — 180 eksemplarer
The Best American Essays 1995 (1995) — Bidragyder — 158 eksemplarer
The Best American Essays 1996 (1996) — Bidragyder — 131 eksemplarer
The Best American Essays 1990 (1990) — Bidragyder — 117 eksemplarer
The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology (1997) — Bidragyder — 98 eksemplarer
Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America (1995) — Bidragyder — 90 eksemplarer
A World Unsuspected: Portraits of Southern Childhood (1987) — Bidragyder — 35 eksemplarer
Trial and Error: An Oxford Anthology of Legal Stories (1998) — Bidragyder — 24 eksemplarer
The Best American Short Stories 1973 (1973) — Bidragyder — 23 eksemplarer
The Best American Short Stories 1969 (1969) — Bidragyder — 22 eksemplarer
On the job: Fiction about work by contemporary American writers (1977) — Bidragyder — 10 eksemplarer
Cutting Edges: Young American Fiction for the 70's (1973) — Bidragyder — 7 eksemplarer

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Railroad is a curious collection of articles, short histories and biographies, poems, songs, first person accounts, fiction and facts about various facets of railroading (slang, explanation of signals and their meaning, bridges, etc.) whose overarching theme is perhaps best described as melancholy.

The short histories cover such things as the evolution of the idea of steam powered transport starting with the 1641 efforts of the Frenchman Solomon de Caus, the underground railroad in the United States, the wild financial exploits of Drew, Vanderbilt, Fisk, and Gould, and the labor strife of blacks and whites in the U.S. in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

The biographies provide a glimpse into the lives of Casey Jones, Kate Shelly, and Thomas Edison among others. The first-person accounts cover some of the “roads less taken”. There’s a sketch of life in a hobo camp (Charles Chrysler), a reflection on a life with a father who was a boiler maker (Otto Salassi), what it was like working in the dining cars ( Joe Monroe) and others.

The fiction runs the gamut from the grim to the almost unintelligible and this reviewer did not find any of it particularly interesting. The same is true for a lot of the cited poetry.

Overall I don’t begrudge the time spent reading but it is not a book I am likely to revisit.

(Text Length – 185 pages. Includes numerous pictures, illustrations, maps, etc.) (Book Dimensions inches LxWxH – 8.5 x .625 x 10.875).
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alco261 | Mar 8, 2023 |
When I saw that the Pulitzer prize winning author James Alan McPherson was currently teaching at the school I may attend in the fall (the University of Iowa), I decided it was time I got around to reading Elbow Room. It had been on the to-be-read shelf for years, mostly because it's a collection of short stories - and I'm not generally a huge fan of short stories.

I can't really say that there was a particular story in this collection that stood out to me, or that I found particularly interesting or well written. There also wasn't a story that I felt was poorly written, or that lost my interest while i was reading it.

In the end, I was entertained enough while reading the stories but they did not leave a lasting impression on me. This is my typical experience with short stories.
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agnesmack | 2 andre anmeldelser | Sep 5, 2011 |
1652 Elbow Room: Stories by James Alan McPherson (read 8 Aug 1981) (Pulitzer Fiction prize in 1978) This book contains 12 short stories, and I have read it because I read all Pulitzer fiction winners. I was bored or bothered by everything in this book. All stories are about black people, and while they sound authentic I fail to see much sense in them or why one should read them. Many stories have no seeming point in the literal way I seek a point in a short story. I also object to the obscenities and know that they only detract from the work. I think it is a shame that crap like this can win a Pulitzer Prize.
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