This student-friendly handbook provides an engaging overview of American fiction over the twentieth century, with entries on the important historical contexts and central issues, as well as the major texts and writers. Provides extensive coverage of short stories and short story writers as well as novels and novelistsDiscusses the cultural contexts and issues that shape the texts and their reputationsWide-ranging in scope, including science fiction and recent Native American writingFeatured writers range from Henry James and Theodore Dresier to Toni Morrison, Don DeLillo, and Sherman AlexieIdeal student accompaniment to courses in Twentieth-Century American Literature or Fiction