This affordable, chronologically arranged anthology features 72 short stories carefully selected for their representation of international voices and techniques, their significance in the development of fiction, and their educational and thematic value. Selections are weighted toward the modern and contemporary, with a fair representation of earlier stories. Story groupings help instructors shape thematic units, and help students recognize thematic and technical points of comparison between readings. Multiple stories by the same author allow students to compare works and analyze the evolution of the writer's literary technique.
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Note: Each selection is followed by a Study Guide. Introduction: On Fiction How to Read and Write About Fiction Terms Used in Thinking About Fiction Story Groupings Nineteenth-Century Fiction Jacob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm (1786-1859) Grimm, Hansel and Gretel Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864), The Minister's Black Veil. Young Goodman Brown Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), The Fall of the House of Usher. The Purloined Letter Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852), The Nose Herman Melville (1819-1891), Bartleby the Scrivener Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909), A White Heron Guy De Maupassant (1850-1893), Old Mother Savage Kate Chopin (1851-1904), Desiree's Baby Mary E. Wilkins Freeman (1852-1930), The Revolt of 'Mother' Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935), The Yellow Wall-Paper Stephen Crane (1871-1900), The Blue Hotel The Modern Tradition and Anton Chekhov Modern Fiction and Anton Chekhov Anton Chekhov (1860-1904), The Lady with the Dog. Misery. Gooseberries. Gusev Writers in the Modern Canon Introduction Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), The Secret Sharer Edith Wharton (1862-1937), Roman Fever Virginia Woolf (1878-1941), An Unwritten Novel James Joyce (1882-1941), Araby. Clay Franz Kafka (1883-1924), A Hunger Artist. The Bucket Rider D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930), The Blind Man. The Rocking-Horse Winner William Faulkner (1897-1962), That Evening Sun. A Rose for Emily Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), Hills Like White Elephants Selected Modern and Contemporary Fiction I.L. Peretz (1851-1915), If Not Higher William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), The Use of Force Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941), I Want to Know Why Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923), The Garden-Party Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980), The Jilting of Granny Weatherall Ryunosuke Akutagawa (1892-1927), Rashomon Isaac Babel (1894-1941?), My First Goose Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Sounds John Steinbeck (1902-1968), The Chrysanthemums Zora Neale Hurston (1903-1960), Sweat Eudora Welty (b. 1909), A Worn Path John Cheever (1912-1982), The Country Husband Tillie Olsen (b. 1913?), I Stand Here Ironing Octavio Paz (b. 1914), My Life with the Wave Bernard Malamud (1914-1986), The Magic Barrel. Idiots First Saul Bellow (b. 1915), A Silver Dish Doris Lessing (b. 1919), How I Finally Lost My Heart Shirley Jackson (1919-1965), The Lottery Grace Paley (b. 1922), A Conversation with My Father. Zagrowsky Tells Nadine Gordimer (b. 1923), City Lovers James Baldwin (1924-1987), Sonny's Blues Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964), A Good Man Is Hard to Find Gabriel Garcia Marquez (b. 1928), A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings John Barth (b. 1930), Lost in the Funhouse Chinua Achebe (b. 1930), The Madman Alice Munro (b. 1931), White Dump John Updike (b. 1932), Separating John J. Clayton (b. 1935), The Man Who Could See Radiance Joyce Carol Oates (b. 1938), Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? Raymond Carver (1938-1988), Cathedral. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love Toni Cade Bambara (b. 1939), The Lesson Alice Walker (b. 1944), Everyday Use Tim O'Brien (b. 1946), The Man I Killed. The Lives of the Dead Mary Gaitskill (b. 1954), Tiny, Smiling Daddy Louise Erdrich (b. 1954), Saint Marie (1934): Marie Lazarre Susan Minot (b. 1957), Lust Lorrie Moore (b. 1957), Like Life George Saunders (b. 1958), Offloading for Mrs. Schwartz Victoria Redel (b. 1959), A Day in the Park Index of Authors and Titles Index of Terms
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