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55 Short Stories from the New Yorker is a literary anthology of short fiction first published in The New Yorker magazine from the years 1940 through 1949.
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Although the magazine debuted in February 1925 (so that its 25'th anniversary was in 1950), this 1949 book's subtitle reads, "A twenty-fifth anniversary volume of stories that have appeared in the magazine during the last decade." As with the annual anniversary issue of the eponymous magazine, the cover depicts Eustace Tilley with his monocle, in the classic iconograph.
The cover subtitles also include "1940 to 1950," but the copyright date of 1949 suggests that material from 1950, and possibly the latter part of 1949, was not included; individual years listed after "copyright" also recite each of the years in the 1940s, but not 1950.
One story from each of 55 different authors is included. The authors (and some selected story titles) areRoger Angell
S. N. Behrman
Robert M. Coates
Robert Gorham Davis
Shirley Jackson ("The Lottery")
Oliver La Farge
A. J. Liebling
James A. Maxwell
Vladimir Nabokov ("Colette")
James Reid Parker
Frances Gray Patton
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
John Andrews Rice
J. D. Salinger ("A Perfect Day for Bananafish")
Sylvia Townsend Warner
E. B. White
In the short Foreword, the editors state that "[s]ome notable stories are missing" for purposes of balance, and also that "parody, nonsense, and casual essays" have been excluded as "outside the scope of this book." There is a conventional table of contents and an index lists each story alphabetically by its author's last name. There is no other content, except the stories themselves.
The Third Paperback printing is bound in matte paper, and is 5.25" x 8" in size, approximately the size of a trade paperback in 2006.