The Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories in English

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9780195405651: The Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories in English

One of Canada's leading writers and the dean of Canadian anthologists have pooled their talents to produce this lasting tribute to the great variety of talent Canadian writers have brought to the genre. The team of Atwood and Weaver have compiled an anthology that is authoritative as well as historically and regionally representative. Above and beyond everything, this is a collection of some of the greatest stories in the English language.
Arranged chronologically with forty stories in all, the book provides an excellent survey of Canada's leading writers, including a story by Atwood herself ("The Sin Eater"), as well as stories by Morley Callaghan ("Last Spring They Came Over"), Mordecai Richler ("The Summer My Grandmother Was Supposed to Die"), and Stephen Leacock ("The Marine Excursion of the Knights of Pythias"). The book features biographical notes and an index of authors.
Handsomely produced, this is a book to own and to give as a gift, to read and enjoy.

About the Editors

Margaret Atwood is the author of many books, most recently The Handmaidens Tale. She has also published two collections of modern Canadian stories, Dancing Girls and Bluebeard's Egg. Robert Weaver has edited ten anthololgies and was executive producer for more than thirty years of the literary program Anthology, which has encouraged many young writers who are now well known.

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Margaret Atwood is the author of many books, most recently The Handmaid's Tale. She has also published two short story collections, Dancing Girls and Bluebeard's Egg.
Robert Weaver has edited ten anthologies and was executive producer of the literary radio program, Anthology, for over thirty years.

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Many of the 41 short stories in this engrossing, thoughtfully compiled anthology portray mortality, isolation, wistfulness, desperation and stagnation. Written during the 19th and 20th centuries, they are the work of celebrated authorsMordecai Richler, Alice Munro, Stephen Leacockand others less renowned. In "Last Spring They Came Over," Morley Callaghan depicts two unremarkable English brothers who endure misfortune in Toronto while maintaining pathetically buoyant facades. "The Lamp at Noon" by Sinclair Ross describes a windstorm during which a wife frantically beseeches her husband to stop his futile efforts at farming; his obstinate refusal indirectly causes their baby's death. What Atwood terms "the artificiality of art" is intriguingly demonstrated by George Bowering in "A Short Story," a tale of murder told in sections with titles such as "setting," "point of view" and "symbolism." The verisimilitude, depth and power of these selections tend to corroborate co-editor Weaver's contention that "Today the position of the short story in Canadian writing is unassailable."
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