The Oxford Book of Short Stories

Paperback | April 18, 2010

EditorV. S. Pritchett

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V. S. Pritchett, one our greatest short-story writers, has chosen forty-one stories written in the English language for this volume, producing a collection that successfully displays the wealth and variety of an art that spans some 200 years.Great Britain, America, and especially Eire have fine traditions of short-story writing that have developed from the time of Sir Walter Scott and Nathaniel Hawthorne, while in the last century the art was perfected by Ernest Hemingway, D. H. Lawrence, W. Somerset Maugham, John Updike, and V. S.Pritchett himself. The Irish contribution includes such masters as James Joyce, Frank O'Connor, and Liam O'Flaherty, and stories by Canadian, Indian, New Zealand, and Australian writers show the full range of invention and ability in a genre that continues to flourish.

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V. S. Pritchett, one our greatest short-story writers, has chosen forty-one stories written in the English language for this volume, producing a collection that successfully displays the wealth and variety of an art that spans some 200 years.Great Britain, America, and especially Eire have fine traditions of short-story writing that ha...

V. S. Pritchett is a novelist, short-story writer, critic, biographer, and traveller.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.68 inPublished:April 18, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199583137

ISBN - 13:9780199583133

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Table of Contents

IntroductionSir Walter Scott: The Two DroversNathaniel Hawthorne: The BirthmarkEdgar Allan Poe: The Fall of the House of UsherMark Twain: The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras CountyBret Harte: The Iliad of Sandy BarAmbrose Bierce: The Coupe de GraceHenry James: PasteRobert Louis Stevenson: Thrawn JanetJoseph Conrad: The Secret SharerRudyard Kipling: The Record of Badalia HerodsfootO. Henry: Telemachus, FriendHector Hugh Munro ('Saki'): Sredni VashtarStephen Crane: The Open BoatWalter de la Mare: An Ideal CraftsmanW. Somerset Maugham: An Official PositionSherwood Anderson: I Want to Know WhyA.E. Coppard: The Field of MustardJames Joyce: GraceD.H. Lawrence: The Rocking-Horse WinnerRing Lardner: Who Dealt?Katherine Mansfield: The Woman at the StoreKatherine Anne Porter: Flowering JudasLiam O'Flaherty: The TentWilliam Faulkner: Dry SeptemberErnest Hemingway: Hills Like White ElephantsElizabeth Bowen: The Demon LoverV.S. Pritchett: Many Are DisappointedSean O'Faolain: SinnersFrank O'Connor: Guests of the NationMorley Callaghan: The RunawayH.E. Bates: NeverR.K. Narayan: A Horse and Two GoatsEudora Welty: A Visit of CharityWilliam Sansom: Various TemptationsMary Lavin: My VocationPatrick White: Five-TwentyJohn Cheever: Goodbye, My BrotherDoris Lessing: Mrs FortescueFlannery O'Connor: Parker's BackWilliam Trevor: Going HomeJohn Updike: LifeguardReferences and AcknowledgementsIndex of Authors

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