Leavitt Out, White In Revised Edition of Oxford Book of American Stories
Revised for the first time, The Oxford Book of American Short Stories released last week is 112 pages longer than its predecessor yet eliminates about a dozen authors, among them absolute masters of short fiction Peter Taylor, Alice Adams, Bobbie Ann Mason, and Ursula K. Le Guin, as well as a handful of writers who were emerging voices in 1992: Sandra Cisneros, Bharati Mukherjee, Leslie Silko, Amy Tan, and David Leavitt (for "Gravity"). Replacing them are Annie Proulx, Ha Jin, Jhumpa Lahiri, David Foster Wallce, Richard Ford, Jeffrey Ford, Amy Hempel, Stephen King, T.C. Boyle, Junot Diaz, and Edmund White (for "Give It Up for Billy" originally from Granta in 2002 and reprinted in Chaos). Probably immaterial but White and series editor Joyce Carol Oates both are longtime professors in the English department at Princeton. The timeless, queerish authors who appeared in the old edition and survived into the new book are Herman Melville, Henry James, Sarah Orne Jewett, John Cheever, James Baldwin, Eudora Welty, and Willa Cather.