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Fiction: A Pocket Anthology, 7th edition

  • R S. Gwynn

Published by Pearson (October 2nd 2014) - Copyright © 2012

7th edition

Fiction: A Pocket Anthology

ISBN-13: 9780134053295

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The ideal alternative to longer anthologies, this brief, affordable, and diverse collection of

short stories from the past three centuries provides a concise yet comprehensive introduction to the study of fiction.  In keeping with the objectives of the Penguin Academics series, Fiction: A Pocket Anthology offers a range of widely admired stories from 19th, 20th and 21st century authors in a quality trade-format book at an affordable price. 


[Fiction] is a handy anthology that has the best selection of readings that I have seen in an anthology. And all this without being overwhelming!

Shazia Ali, Eastfield College, TX


The stories [are] an excellent group of old and new, of men and women, of canonical chestnuts and the modern multicultural voices we need to hear.  The Introduction is a superb addition to the anthology that will help any instructor teach the tales, the critical language of fiction, and how to write about the stories.  Finally, the size [makes this book] easily held in the hand!

Michael Chappell, Western Connecticut State University


The book’s greatest feature is that it argues that ethnic, national, and gender diversity are what make the canon of short fiction such a vital part of literature.  I love the way this anthology manages to include the best of the best short stories [while incorporating] the diverse voices that are so important to the genre.

Stephen Tuttle, Brigham Young University


Table of contents


The Telling of the Tale

The Short Story Genre

Reading and Analyzing Short Fiction



            Point of View



            Style and Symbol


Writing about Short Fiction



* indicates stories new to this edition

* Washington Irving (1783-1859)

            Rip Van Winkle

 Nathanel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

            The Minister’s Black Veil

*  Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

            The Cask of Amontillado

Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909)

            A White Heron

Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)

            Mother Savage

 Kate Chopin  (1851-1904)

            The Story of an Hour

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

            The Yellow Wallpaper

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

            Roman Fever

 Willa Cather (1876-1947)

            Paul’s Case

James Joyce (1882-1941)


Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960)


William Faulkner (1897-1962)

            A Rose for Emily

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)

            Up in Michigan

Richard Wright (1908-1960)

            The Man Who Was Almost a Man

* Eudora Welty (1909-2001)

            A Memory

John Cheever (1912-1982)


Ralph Ellison (1914-1995)

            A P

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