(NOTE: A Stylistic Table of Contents is included in the second part of the text, which arranges the essays and stories by specific elements of style.
I. STORIES & ESSAYS.
Cata 1., 2., and 3., Jonis Agee. Hands, Sherwood Anderson. First Person: Sherwood Anderson on "Writing Stories". Commentary: Robert Allen Papinchak on "Anderson's Prose Style". Happy Endings, Margaret Atwood. My First Goose, Isaac Babel. Words, Amiri Baraka. First Person: Amiri Baraka on “Voice and Beginnings”. Janus, Ann Beattie. The Pot of Basil, Giovanni Boccaccio. The Book of Sand, Jorge Luis Borges. The Astronomer's Wife, Kay Boyle. The Monster, Berthold Brecht. My Madness, Charles Bukowski. The Tale of the Cats, Italo Calvino. First Person: Italo Calvino on "Economy of Expression". The Werewolf, Angela Carter. Popular Mechanics, Raymond Carver. First Person: Raymond Carver, "On Writing". The Physician's Tale, Geoffrey Chaucer. The Worm in the Apple, John Cheever. The Huntsman, Anton Chekhov. Commentary: Vladimir Nabokov on "Chekhov's Prose". Caline, Kate Chopin. My Name, Sandra Cisneros. Bygone Spring, Colette. Continuity of Parks, Julio Cortàzar. An Episode of War, Stephen Crane. Night Women, Edwidge Danticat. First Person: Edwidge Danticat "On Writing Night Women". The Sock, Lydia Davis. The Child's Story, Charles Dickens. Vag, John Dos Passos. The Heavenly Christmas Tree, Fyodor Dostoevsky. The Colonel, Carolyn Forche. The Other Side of the Hedge, E.M. Forster. The Press Gang, Janet Frame. The Subversive, Bruce Jay Friedman. The Story of the Lizard Who Had a Habit of Dining on His Wives, Eduardo Galeano. A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, Gabriel García Màrquez. Is There Nowhere Else Where We Can Meet? Nadine Gordimer. The Innocent, Graham Greene. The Hollow of the Three Hills, Nathaniel Hawthorne. A Very Short Story, Ernest Hemingway. Weekend, Amy Hemple. The Gift of the Magi, O. Henry. A Penny for Your Thoughts, Chester Hines. Symphony, Pam Houston. Jazz, Jive, and Jam, Langston Hughes. Janice, Shirley Jackson. First Person: Shirley Jackson on "Notes to a Young Writer". Araby, James Joyce. Commentary: Medieval Romance and the Structure of "Araby", Jerome Mandel; Analyzing "Araby" as Story and Discourse, James Sonoski; Aspects of Milton's "Paradise Lost" in "Araby", Steven Doloff. First Sorrow, Franz Kafka. The Grasshopper and the Bell Cricket, Yasunari Kawabata. Girl, Jamaica Kincaid. The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas, Ursula K. Le Guin. First Person: “The Sound of Your Writing; Sentence Length and Complete Syntax; and Point of View,”Ursula K. Le Guin. Soulstorm, Clarice Lispector. The Prodigal Son, Luke. Half a Day, Naguib Mafouz. A Lost Grave, Bernard Malamud. A Vision, Thomas Mann. Miss Brill, Katherine Mansfield. First Person: Katherine Mansfield on “Crafting Miss Brill.” The Return, Sadat Hasan Manto. The Ant and the Grasshopper, W. Somerset Maugham. A Piece of String, Guy de Maupassant. Daniel Orme, Herman Melville. Sand, W.S. Merwin. Under the Sand, Mark Mills. Swaddling Clothes, Yukio Mishima. The Kid's Guide to Divorce, Lorrie Moore. “The Fetish, Alberto Moravia. First Person: Alberto Moravia on The Short Story and the Novel.” Courtly Vision, Bharati Mukherjee. Prue, Alice Munro. Reginald's Choir Treat, Hect