Elbow Room (short story collection)

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Elbow Room
First edition cover
AuthorJames Alan McPherson
CountryUnited States
PublisherLittle, Brown
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)

Elbow Room: Stories is a 1977 short story collection by American author James Alan McPherson. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1978.[1]


The twelve short stories of Elbow Room appear in the following sequence:[2]

  • "Why I like Country Music"
  • "The Story of a Dead Man"
  • "The Silver Bullet"
  • "The Faithful"
  • "Problems of Art"
  • "The Story of a Scar"
  • "I am an American"
  • "Widows and Orphans"
  • "A Loaf of Bread"
  • "Just Enough for the City"
  • "A Sense of Story"
  • "Elbow Room"


  1. ^ Roberts, Sam (July 27, 2016). "James Alan McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writer, Dies at 72". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  2. ^ Elbow room : stories (Book, 1977) [WorldCat.org]. OCLC 2965160.

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