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Publication Order of Mr. Bridge & Mrs. Bridge Books

Mrs. Bridge (1959)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mr. Bridge (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Patriot (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Points for a Compass Rose (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Connoisseur (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Double Honeymoon (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Alchymist's Journal (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

The Anatomy Lesson and Other Stories (1957)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Notes from a Bottle Found on the Beach at Carmel (1962)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
At the Crossroads (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
St. Augustine's Pigeon (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Collected Stories (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lost in Uttar Pradesh (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Diary of a Rapist (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Long Desire (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The White Lantern (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Son of the Morning Star (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deus Lo Volt! (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Aztec Treasure House (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
El Dorado and Other Pursuits (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Francisco Goya: A Life (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Best American Short Stories Books

The Best Short Stories of 1915 (1916)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1916 (1916)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1917 (1917)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1918 (1918)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1919 (1919)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1921 (1921)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1922 (1922)
The Best Short Stories of 1923 (1923)
The Best Short Stories 1924 (1924)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1925 (1925)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1926 (1926)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1927 (1927)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1928 (1928)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1929 (1929)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1930 (1930)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1931 (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1932 (1932)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1933 (1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1934 (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1935 (1935)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1936 (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1937 (1937)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1938 (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
50 Best American Short Stories, 1915-1939 (1939)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1939 (1939)
The Best Short Stories of 1940 (1940)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1941 (1941)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1942 (1942)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1943 (1943)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1944 (1944)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1945 (1945)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1946 (1946)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1947 (1947)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1948 (1948)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1949 (1949)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1950 (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1951 (1951)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1952 (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1953 (1953)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1955 (1955)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1956 (1956)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1957 (1957)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1958 (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1959 (1959)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1960 (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1961 (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1962 (1962)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1963 (1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1964 (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1965 (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1966 (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1967 (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1968 (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories of 1969 (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1970 (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1971 (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1972 (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1973 (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1974 (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best of Best American Short Stories 1915-1950 (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1975 (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1976 (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1977 (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1978 (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1979 (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1980 (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1981 (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1982 (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1983 (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1984 (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1985 (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1986 (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1987 (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1988 (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1989 (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories of the Eighties (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1990 (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1991 (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1992 (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1993 (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1994 (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1995 (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1996 (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1997 (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1998 (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1999 (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2000 (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories of the Century (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2001 (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2002 (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2003 (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2004 (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2005 (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2006 (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2007 (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1921, and the Yearbook of the American Short Story (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories1921 (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2008 (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2009 (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2010 (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2011 (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2012 (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2013 (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2014 (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2015 (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
100 Years of The Best American Short Stories (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2016 (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2017 (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2018 (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2019 (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2020 (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2022 (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
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Evan S. Connell is an author best known for the “Bridge” series of novels. The author was born in Kansas City in 1924 to a mother that was the daughter of a judge and a father that was a very well-known doctor.
This wealthy and genteel background is showcased and sometimes satirized in “Mrs. Bridge” and the subsequent novels. According to Connell, much of his work is autobiographical in origin.

He has asserted that growing up, he used to be a quiet boy that was in turn dreamy and attentive and often felt out of place among the gardeners, maids, and lawn parties that his parents regularly threw.

As a very shy boy, living as the heir to one of the most illustrious names in Kansas City was difficult. The author still speaks of his upbringing and the city with some measure of bitterness.

In his teenage years, he went to Dartmouth starting as a premed student and this is when he began penning short stories.

While his father wanted him to become a doctor and take over the family business, he was busy writing short stories and getting rejected.

He would continue writing his stories until he enlisted in the Navy in 1943, which would prove a turning point as he got the chance to accumulate a lot of material that he used in the writing of “The Patriot” his second novel in 1960.

After the end of the Second World War, Evan S. Connell returned to the United States and went back to college. This time around he went to the Univerity of Kansas rather than Dartmouth, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English in 1947.
This would be his only degree ever, even though he would go on to study at Columbia and Stanford for his art and creative writing studies.

When he was at Stanford, he was fortunate enough to work with Wallace Stegene and was also the winner of the Edith Mirrieles Award for fiction. It was during this time that he started publishing his stories that would win many awards.
His work was also featured in a range of respected but small magazines and was also reprinted in the annual anthologies of the “O. Henry Prize Stories.”

While he was still studying at Columbia, he received a letter from Elizabeth McKee, a literary agent that had stumbled upon his work in the magazines.

It was from this letter that a strong friendship and business relationship began that would last for more than four decades. Over this time, Elizabeth has helped Evan revise and refine his works to make them more commercially viable.

After graduating from Columbia, Evan Connell headed to Europe, where he lived and experienced more than a dozen countries across little more than two years. About half of this time he spent in France and particularly in the capital Paris.
At this time he used to hang out with young American expatriates many of whom were engaged in creative activities such as music, writing, sculpture, and painting. Among these was the man that would become one of the most important in his life.
George Plimpton was among the group of friends who founded “The Paris Review,” which featured short stories by little-known authors such as Samuel Beckett, Terry Southern, Philip Roth, and Evan S. Connell.

However, Connell never cared much for the cafe society his expatriate friends were interested in. By 1955, he headed back to the US and made his home in San Francisco where he survived on odd jobs.

Over several years, he made his name as an author writing short stories until he published “Mrs. Bridge” his seminal work in 1960.

“Mrs. Bridge” by Evan S. Connell introduces Mrs. Bridge and her successful lawyer husband. The latter works long hours at his Kansas City office leaving his wife and three children feeling abandoned.

The work was set in the time from the 1920s up to the Second World War. This was a time when the Great Depression was biting even though you would not tell it looking at the lifestyle of the Bridges. Mrs. Bridges’ home, her Lincoln, kitchen, and laundry remained well tended.
At first glance, she looks like a God-fearing middlebrow Midwestern woman that would provide a good contrast against the extreme quirks and attitudes of the times and other characters.

Over the course of the story, Evan puts in more tiles to make for a more nuanced profile of Mrs. Bridge. It is not always an admirable picture but one could easily understand it as it shows her as a product of the times and human nature.
Mrs. Bridge makes for a touching picture that is both funny and sad. It is just the type of narrative that would prompt one to realize that regardless of her behavior, she is oblivious to it as she believes this is proper behavior.
Mrs. Bridge has internalized a proper code of behavior and follows the rules she knows, hoping that everything will turn out fine.

Evan S. Connell’s “Mr. Bridge,” tells the story from the perspective of Mrs. Bridge’s husband. The man is a lawyer in Kansas City and is firmly in the middle class even though he is often worried about money.

Mr. Bridge also happens to be very conservative financially as well as personally and politically. He runs a very successful one-man office with Julia a middle-aged sprinter as his only employee.

He believes it is weird to talk about his professional life with his family and has no real interests or hobbies and he struggles with connecting with his wife and children. He is often late for dinner and tends to dismiss his family’s concerns and problems.
Bridge believes it is up to his wife to deal with the lives of their children and his role is to only provide the finances for the family.

It is a heartbreaking story that showcases a man who seems to be trapped by the expectations his society has of him.

In the end, he is a man that does not know how to be happy since he placed expectations and responsibilities above his own happiness.

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