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The collected short works, 1920-1954
Aldrich, Bess Streeter, 1881-1954.
Uniform Title:
Short stories. Selections
Publication Information:
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xvi, 321 pages ; 24 cm
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PS3501.L378 A6 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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During the first half of the twentieth century, Bess Streeter Aldrich became one of the most highly paid and widely read American authors of her time. Among the most noteworthy of frontier writers, Aldrich published her short work in such leading magazines as Cosmopolitan , Colliers , Ladies Home Journal , Good Housekeeping , and the Saturday Evening Post . Her most famous novel, A Lantern in Her Hand , has remained a favorite since it was first published in 1928. All of her subsequent novels were also bestsellers.   Aldrich's portrayals of pioneers, farm people, and small town traders--their spirit and enterprise--won the admiration of the nation. Unlike such contemporaries as Sinclair Lewis and Hamlin Garland, Aldrich saw the better side of Main Street. Honesty, hard work, friendship, and family life are constant themes in her writings.   This second volume of The Collected Short Works brings together over thirty of Aldrich's short stories and essays published between 1920 and 1954, the year of her death. With this collection Aldrich's admirers have ready access to many hard-to-find works. Some of the stories appear here for the first time since their original publication.

Author Notes

Carol Miles Petersen formerly taught at the University of Nebraska. She is the author of Bess Streeter Aldrich: The Dreams Are All Real (Nebraska 1995) and the editor of Aldrich's Collected Short Works, 1907--1919 (Nebraska 1995).

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Booklist Review

During the first half of the twentieth century, Bess Streeter Aldrich was arguably one of the most prolific and popular American writers. The author of countless short stories that appeared in widely subscribed publications, including Colliers, the Ladies Home Journal, McCalls, and the American Magazine, her work was in constant demand. Born and raised on the plains, Aldrich was celebrated for her vivid portraits of Main Street America. The small towns of middle America provide the setting for most of her stories, and the everyday lives of ordinary people are examined in candid and sympathetic detail. Wholesome without being sentimental, Aldrich's stories represent an agreeable alternative to the more cynical and less sympathetic portraits of small-town life painted by many of her contemporaries, such as Sinclair Lewis and Edgar Lee Masters. A companion piece to The Collected Short Works, 1907-1919 (1995), this charming and timeless collection features many stories that are appearing in print for the first time since their initial publication. (Reviewed March 15, 1999)0803210523Margaret Flanagan