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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)
Kate Chopin (1851-1904)
The Story of an Hour
Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)
The Yellow Wallpaper
Edith Wharton (1862-1937)
Willa Cather (1876-1947)
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)
John Cheever (1912-1982)
Ralph Ellison (1914-1995)
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