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  • 100 Great Short Stories
    100 Great Short Stories
    This treasury of one hundred tales offers students and other readers of short fiction a splendid selection of stories by masters of the form. Contributors from around the world include Edgar Allan Poe, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Guy de Maupassant, Charles Dickens, Anton Chekhov, Mark Twain, Saki, Luigi Pirandello, Kate Chopin, and Ring Lardner.
  • Terry Pratchett. A Blink of the Screen: Collected Shorter Fiction
    A Blink of the Screen: Collected Shorter Fiction
    Terry Pratchett
    A collection of short fiction from Terry Pratchett, spanning the whole of his writing career from schooldays to Discworld and the present day. In the four decades since his first book appeared in print, Terry Pratchett has become one of the world's best-selling and best-loved authors. Here for the first time are his short stories and other short-form fiction collected into one volume. A Blink of the Screen charts the course of Pratchett's long writing career: from his schooldays through to his first writing job on the Bucks Free Press, and the origins of his debut novel, The Carpet People; and on again to the dizzy mastery of the phenomenally successful Discworld series. Here are characters both familiar and yet to be discovered; abandoned worlds and others still expanding; adventure, chickens, death, disco and, actually, some quite disturbing ideas about Christmas, all of it shot through with Terry's inimitable brand of humour. With an introduction by Booker Prize-winning...
  • Margaret Drabble. A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman
    A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman
    Margaret Drabble
    Novelist, critic and biographer, Margaret Drabble is one of the major literary figures of her generation. This collection shows her to be a leading practitioner of the art of the short story, presenting her complete short fiction for the first time in a single volume, spanning for four decades, from 1964 to 2000. Several of the stories, like The Dower House at Kellynch, are set in Somerset and Dorset and reflect their author?s intimate knowledge of the land and flora there, but their settings also range as far as Elba and Turkmenistan. Taken as a whole, the stories reflect the social changes of the past forty years, by showing the English at home and abroad.In ?The Gifts of War?, peace-protesting students clash with a mother buying a toy for her son, with tragic consequences. An Englishman on honeymoon has a brief but significant epiphany, finding a shared humanity with a Moroccan crowd in ?Hassan?s Tower?. Their protagonists are men and women, husbands and lovers,...
  • A Yuletide Universe: Sixteen Fantastical Tales
    A Yuletide Universe: Sixteen Fantastical Tales
    From A Christmas Carol to Connie Willis' Miracle and other Christmas Stories to the stories of Mistletoe Mysteries, jolly St. Nick and other memorable Yuletide visitors have provided creative fodder for a host of writers commemorating the holiday season throughout the ages. A YULETIDE UNIVERSE collects the most memorable takes on the holiday season by some of fantasy and science fiction's brighter lights of the past and present including such "Christmas stars" as Clive Barker, Anne McCaffrey, Connie Willis, William Gibson, Harlan Ellison, and Neil Gaiman.
  • Diego Munoz Valenzuela. Dejalo ser: Cuentos
    Dejalo ser: Cuentos
    Diego Munoz Valenzuela
    Con la mirada esceptica, aguda y experimentada de un observador externo que es al mismo tiempo actor comprometido con la sociedad urbana, el autor logra reconstruir ambientes memorables y entregarnos cuentos cuya excelente manufactura literaria nos permite apreciar que las redes de las relaciones humanas contemporaneas son mejor aprehendidas por la literatura que por la sociologia.
  • Glas, №2, 1991
    Glas, №2, 1991
    This issue of Glas has a subtitle - "Soviet Grotesque" - and our subsequent numbers will follow a similar pattern, dealing with such themes as The Woman's View and The Jews in Russia. We hope this approach will increase our reader's enjoyment by offering them an integrated reading experience which gives us a clear insight into some aspect of life in Russia. The sense of the grotesque has a long and distinctive history in Russian literature. It can be argued that the Soviet period has provided particularly fertile ground for its development - many Russians would certainly think so. Grotesque literature has flourished here - without official acknowledgement or encouragement, of course - but only now can it be openly published and freely read. The pieces offered here clearly demonstrate the grotesque's ability to manifest itself in an unlimited range of style and form - the following pages offer lapidary jargon sketches, urbane self-referential prose, frantic stream of consciousness,...
  • Paul Negri. Great Short Short Stories: Quick Reads by Great Writers
    Great Short Short Stories: Quick Reads by Great Writers
    Paul Negri
    This outstanding collection of more than 30 brilliant short stories - each just six or fewer pages in length - includes such popular tales as Kafka's "A Country Doctor," Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado," Chopin's "A Pair of Silk Stockings," plus works by Dickens, O. Henry, Chekhov, Wilde, and many others. Includes 2 selections from the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
  • Maria Del Carril. Humus
    Maria Del Carril
    Durante mucho tiempo, los argentinos hablaban como Nini Marshall, o mejor, empleaban sus palabras y los giros lexicos de sus locuaces personajes para dejar en claro y sintetizar una situacion. Siempre habia cerca una Catita o alguien que era un tarupido. Y no se necesitaba mas. Nini y el pueblo participaban de un codigo que se compartia socialmente. Nadie pudo doblegar esta voluntad popular de aduenarse de lo mas caro en la creacion de Nini: el habla de los caracteres que habia fatigado en contacto con los inmigrantes y con sus hijos o con quienes llegaban desde el interior o guardaban aun restos de las rancias raices patricias. Nini no fue solo una voz en el dial, la mas querida, por anos. Nini les puso cuerpo a los personajes y se vieron sus diferencias en el andar, en la ropa, en el expresarse con las manos, segun se tratase de Catita o de Candida. Quiza diga chas graaaacias, a duo con aquella chirusa inocente pero presuntuosa que se llamaba Catita y que tambien es nuestra, vio?
  • Neil Gaiman. M is for Magic
    M is for Magic
    Neil Gaiman
    Master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a breathtaking collection of tales for younger readers that may chill or amuse, but that always embrace the unexpected: Humpty Dumpty's sister hires a private detective to investigate her brother's death. A teenage boy who has trouble talking to girls finds himself at a rather unusual party. A boy raised in a graveyard makes a discovery, and confronts the much more troubling world of the living.
  • Signet Classic Book of American Short Stories
    Signet Classic Book of American Short Stories
    Spanning over 100 years of literary history, here are 33 of the finest short stories by Washington Irving * Nathaniel Hawthorne * Edgar Allan Poe * Herman Melville * Harriet Beecher Stowe * Bret Harte * Bayard Taylor * Rose Terry Cooke * Ambrose Bierce * Hamlin Garland * Mary E. Wilkens Freeman * Henry James * Charlotte Perkins Gilman * Sarah Orne Jewett * Grace Elizabeth King * Harold Frederic * Kate Chopin * Stephen Crane * Edith Wharton * Mark Twain * Jack London * F. Hopkinson Smith * Zona Gale * O. Henry * Sherwood Anderson * Ernest Hemingway * John Dos Passos * Stephen Vincent Benet * Willa Cather * William Faulkner * James Thurber * F. Scott Fitzgerald * William Saroyan
  • Neil Gaiman. Smoke and Mirrors
    Smoke and Mirrors
    Neil Gaiman
    In the deft hands of Neil Gaiman, magic is no mere illusion... and anything is possible. In this, Gaiman's first book of short stories, his imagination and supreme artistry transform a mundane world into a place of terrible wonders - a place where an old woman can purchase the Holy Grail at a thrift store, where assassins advertise their services in the Yellow Pages under "Pest Control," and where a frightened young boy must barter for his life with a mean-spirited troll living beneath a bridge by the railroad tracks. Explore a new reality - obscured by smoke and darkness, yet brilliantly tangible - in this extraordinary collection of short works by a master prestidigitator. It will dazzle your senses, touch your heart, and haunt your dreams.
  • The Best American Short Stories 2013
    The Best American Short Stories 2013
    THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2013 presents an impressive diversity of writers who dexterously lead us into their corners of the world. In "Miss Lora", Junot D?az masterfully puts us in the mind of a teenage boy who throws aside his better sense and pursues an intimate affair with a high school teacher. Sheila Kohler tackles innocence and abuse as a child wanders away from her mother, in thrall to a stranger she believes is the "Magic Man". Kirstin Valdez Quade's "Nemecia" depicts the after-effects of a secret, violent family trauma. Joan Wickersham's "The Tunnel" is a tragic love story about a mother's declining health and her daughter's helplessness as she struggles to balance her responsibility to her mother and her own desires. New author Callan Wink's "Breatharians" unsettles the reader as a farm boy shoulders a grim chore in the wake of his parents' estrangement. "As our vision becomes more global, our storytelling is stretching in many ways. Stories...
  • Benedict Kiely. The Penguin Book of Irish Short Stories
    The Penguin Book of Irish Short Stories
    Benedict Kiely
    Do the Irish have, in relation to anybody else, any special capacity for the short story?'. In this collection of thirty-eight short stories covering many generations and moods of Irish writing, this question is emphatically answered in the affirmative. These mercurial, intoxicating, witty and sometimes sad stories range from Lady Gregory's moving retelling of an ancient love story through to the extraordinary and prolific William Trevor.
  • Ray Bradbury. The Stories of Ray Bradbury
    The Stories of Ray Bradbury
    Ray Bradbury
    Included here are famous tales like "Sound of Thunder", in which the carelessness of a group of time-travellers leads to disastrous consequences, and "The Veldt", in which two seemingly innocent young children transform their nursery into a lethal trap. Here are the Martian stories, tales that vividly animate the red planet with its brittle cities and double-mooned sky. Here are stories which speak of a special nostalgia for Green Town, Illinois, the perfect setting for a seemingly cloudless childhood - except for the unknown terror lurking in the ravine. Here are the Irish stories and the Mexican stories, linked across their separate geographies by Bradbury's astonishing inventiveness. Here, too, are thrilling, terrifying stories such as "The Fog Horn" - perfect for reading under the covers. Read for the first time, these stories are a feast for the imagination; read again - and again - they reveal new, dazzling facets of a master storyteller's extraordinary art.
  • James Cochrane. The Penguin Book of American Short Stories
    The Penguin Book of American Short Stories
    James Cochrane

  • Christopher Dolley. The Penguin Book of English Short Stories
    The Penguin Book of English Short Stories
    Christopher Dolley

  • Malcolm Bradbury. The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories
    The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories
    Malcolm Bradbury
    The short story has become one of the major forms of modern literary expression - in some ways the most modern of them all'. The story of the British short story since the Second World War is one of change and revolution and this powerful and moving collection brilliantly demonstrates the evolution of the form. Containing thirty-four of the most widely regarded postwar British writers, it features tales of love and crime, comedy and the supernatural, the traditional as well as the experimental. This many-storied, many-splendored collection is a brilliant portrait of the generation of writers who have immediately influenced the brightest, sharpest and most intriguing writers who continue to emerge today.
  • The Best American Short Stories 2014
    The Best American Short Stories 2014
    "PEOPLE WILL KEEP READING FICTION as long as it provides an experience of pleasure and insight they can't find anywhere else," writes guest editor Jennifer Egan. "The Best American Short Stories 2014" provides pleasurable and insightful fiction that compels, surprises, and engages. From a hospital's neonatal intensive care unit to the human face of American forces who have served in Afghanistan, from the rise and fall of an indie rocker to the fate of Madame Bovary's greyhound, the stories in this collection, according to Egan, explore "the wider world at this specific point in time."
  • The Second Penguin Book of English Short Stories
    The Second Penguin Book of English Short Stories
    The short story is enjoying a revival all the more encouraging when viewed against the gloom surrounding the future of the literary novel... Fifteen further short stories from the golden age of the short story offer more gems from some of the masters of the genre. Whether it is the lyrical prose of Thomas Hardy or the irreverent wit of Kingsley Amis, the monologues of Virgina Woolf or Muriel Spark, the authors here demonstrate that the vitality of the form remains as compelling today as when these stories were originally published.
  • M. R. James. The Haunted Dolls House
    The Haunted Dolls House
    M. R. James
    A macabre human drama is re-enacted in a Gothic dolls` house one night; a whistle awakens a force of unspeakable malevolence; an ancient curse is passed from person to person; a grisly crime is avenged from beyond the grave; the tomb of a Swedish count will not rest quietly.

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