Since its establishment eighty-five years ago. the annual O.Henry Prize stories collection has offered an exciting selection of the best stories published in hundreds of North American literary magazines. Such classic works of American literature as Ernest Hemingwiiv'-,
THE KILLERS (1939): Carson McCuller's A TREE. A ROCK. A CLOUD (1943); Shirley Jackson's THE LOTTERY (1949); J.D. Salinger's FOR ESME WITH LOVE AND SQUALOR (1963); John Cheever's THE COUNTRY HUSBAND (1956); and Flannery O'Conner's EVERTHING THAT RISES MUST CONVERGE (1963) all won 0. Henry awards in the years they were first published. They are still the most prestigious award for short stories. This year an accomplished new series editor, writer and teacher Laura Furman.has read thousands of stories to identify the final section. Each one a pleasure to read today, each one a potential classic. The O.Henry Prize Stories 2003 also contains short essays from each of the three judges on their favorite story, as well as comments from all 20 prize winners on what inspired their stories.
“‘Fans of short stories, as well as lovers of big novels, should sample the fare. Once again it's a rich feast.’ Seattle Times ”