The Oxford book of short stories / chosen by V.S. Pritchett.

Oxford [Oxfordshire] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1988.
xiv, 544 pages ; 20 cm

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Short stories, English.
Short stories, American.
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.
Two drovers / Sir Walter Scott
Birthmark / Nathaniel Hawthorne
Fall of the House of Usher / Edgar Allan Poe
Celebrated jumping frog of Calaveras County / Mark Twain
Iliad of Sandy Bar / Bret Harte
Coup de grâce / Ambrose Bierce
Paste / Henry James
Telemachus, friend / O. Henry
Sredni Vashtar / Hector Hugh Munro ('Saki')
Open boat / Stephen Crane
Ideal craftsman / Walter De La Mare
Official position / W. Somerset Maugham
I want to know why / Sherwood Anderson
Field of mustard / A.E. Coppard
Grace / James Joyce
Rocking-horse winner / D.H. Lawrence
Who dealt? / Ring Lardner
Woman at the store / Katherine Mansfield
Flowering Judas / Katherine Anne Porter
The tent / Liam O'Flaherty
Dry September / William Faulkner
Hills like white elephants / Ernest Hemingway
Demon lover / Elizabeth Bowen
Many are disappointed / V.S. Pritchett
Sinners / Sean O'Faolain
Guests of the nation / Frank O'Connor
Runaway / Morley Callaghan
Never / H.E. Bates
Horse and two goats / R.K. Narayan
Visit of charity / Eudora Welty
Various temptations / William Sansom
My vocation / Mary Lavin
Five-twenty / Patrick White
Goodbye, my brother / John Cheever
Mrs. Fortescue / Doris Lessing
Parker's back / Flannery O'Connor
Going home / William Trevor
Lifeguard / John Updike.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 545-547) and index.
Penn Provenance:
Gotham Book Mart (former owner) (Gotham Book Mart Collection copy)
Penn Chronology:
Pritchett, V. S. (Victor Sawdon), 1900-1997.
Gotham Book Mart Collection (University of Pennsylvania)