The Best American Series

The Best American Series

"The Best American Series" is an annually-published collection of books, published by Houghton Mifflin, each of which features a different genre or theme. Each book selects from works published in North America during the previous year, selected by a guest editor who is an established writer within the given field. This series, the original, should not be confused with a more recent Best American series published by Harper Perennial.


"The Best American Short Stories" has been in publication since 1915 making it the oldest continuous series of its type. Starting in 1986 additional titles were added covering the best in essays, sports writing, nature writing and more - all of which now fall under the general title of "The Best American Series".


Each category has a continuing series editor, who makes an initial selection of notable works. The guest editor for that year then chooses a smaller number of pieces from the initial list. The pieces that do not make the final cut are often given honorable mention in an alphabetical list at the back of the book.

A work is eligible for the series if it was published in English (or published in another language, but translated into English by the author) in the United States, Canada, Mexico, or Greenland; if it first appeared, or was significantly revised, during the previous year; and if the author comes from or chiefly lives in North America. Internet publications are eligible if their audience includes North American readers.

Many editions are a mix of more-established authors (e.g., Joyce Carol Oates, Michael Chabon) with up-and-coming writers who have achieved moderate success (e.g., Lorrie Moore). Introductions to each book are written by the series editors, guest editors, and/or other celebrities (e.g., actor Viggo Mortensen for "Nonrequired Reading", and UK cook Jamie Oliver for "Recipes").

The volume title is the year the volume was published. The articles in the volume were published the prior year. So for example "The Best American Essays 2000" contains articles published in 1999. The volumes are published in October of each year.

eries titles

List of the series titles, oldest to newest by first issue.

* "The Best American Short Stories" (first issue: 1915)
* "The Best American Essays" (first issue: 1986)
* "The Best American Sports Writing" (first issue: 1991)
* "The Best American Mystery Stories" (first issue: 1997)
* "The Best American Recipes" (first issue: 2000)
* "The Best American Science and Nature Writing" (first issue: 2000)
* "The Best American Travel Writing" (first issue: 2000)
* "The Best American Nonrequired Reading" (first issue: 2002)
* "The Best American Spiritual Writing" (first issue: 2004)
* "The Best American Comics" (first issue: 2006)

External links

* [ The Best American Series] , official homepage.

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Нужна курсовая?

Look at other dictionaries:

  • The Best American Short Stories — yearly anthology is a part of the The Best American Series published by the Houghton Mifflin Company. Since 1915, the BASS anthology has striven to contain the best short stories by some of the best known writers in contemporary American… …   Wikipedia

  • The Fugitive (TV series) — infobox television show name = The Fugitive format = Drama runtime = 1 hour creator = Roy Huggins starring = David Janssen Barry Morse country = USA network = ABC first aired = 17 September 1963 last aired = 29 August 1967 num seasons = 4 num… …   Wikipedia

  • Simply the Best (TV series) — Simply the Best was a game show broadcast on the UK terrestrial network ITV in 2004.Filmed in Jersey as a co production of Channel Television and Carlton Television, it was hosted by Phil Tufnell and Kirsty Gallacher, and featured the… …   Wikipedia

  • The Master (TV series) — The Master Genre Action adventure Created by Michael Sloan Written by Tom Sawyer Michael Sloan Susan Woollen Directed by Ray Austin Ray Aystub Michael Caffee Peter Cran …   Wikipedia

  • The Nine (TV series) — The Nine Intertitle Format Drama Created by Hank Steinberg K.J. Steinberg Starring …   Wikipedia

  • The Professionals (TV series) — The Professionals was a British crime action television drama series that aired on the ITV network from 1977 to 1983, filmed between 1977 and 1982. In all, 57 episodes were produced. It starred Martin Shaw, Lewis Collins and Gordon Jackson, as… …   Wikipedia

  • The Buccaneers (TV series) — The Buccaneers was a 1956 Sapphire Films television drama series for ITC Entertainment, networked by CBS in the US and shown on ATV and selected ITV companies in the UK.Starring Robert Shaw as Dan Tempest, the series, aimed at children, followed… …   Wikipedia

  • The Forever War series — is a series of science fiction novels by Joe Haldeman. Not all of them take place in the same future universe. Forever Peace , while thematically linked to the previous novel The Forever War , is an entirely separate work. Forever Free is a… …   Wikipedia

  • The Batman (TV series) — For the 1960s live action series, see Batman (TV series). For the 1990s animated series, see Batman: The Animated Series. The Batman Format animated series Created by …   Wikipedia

  • The Boondocks (TV series) — For other uses, see Boondocks (disambiguation). The Boondocks The main characters of The Boondocks From left: Huey, Riley, and Robert Freeman Genre …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”