Other Literary Forms
Irwin Shaw is better known for his short stories and novels than for his plays. His contributions to The New Yorker and other magazines in the 1930’s earned him a reputation as one of the outstanding short-story writers of his generation, favorably compared to Ernest Hemingway and John Cheever. Many commentators consider the stories Shaw continued to write throughout his career as his main claim to literary immortality. When his The Young Lions appeared in 1948, critics called it one of the best novels dealing with World War II. His later novels were commercial rather than literary successes.