Higher Education

eFictions, 1st Edition

  • Joseph F. Trimmer Ball State University
  • Wade C. Jennings Ball State University
  • Annette Patterson James Cook University-Australia
  • ISBN-10: 0155062050  |  ISBN-13: 9780155062054
  • 936 Pages
  • © 2002 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $144.75



EFICTIONS is a unique anthology that provides a creative solution for the Introductory Fiction or Introductory Literature course. The text is an engaging collection of the best-loved and most-taught short stories in English. EFICTIONS contains: an introduction that covers the reading, writing, and research process; "Paired Stories," a short anthology of 10 stories that enables students to compare how two authors develop one of the major fictional elements; "A Collection of Stories," a longer anthology of 59 stories arranged alphabetically, but accompanied by a thematic table of contents; and a glossary of critical terms.

Table of Contents

Chinua Achebe, Vengeful Creditor.
Alice Adams, Truth or Consequences.
Sherman Alexie, The Approximate Size of My Favorite Tumor.
Woody Allen, The Kugelmass Episode.
Isabel Allende, Phantom Palace.
Martin Amis, Straight Fiction.
Ethel Anderson, Juliet McCree Is Accused of Gluttony.
Sherwood Anderson, I''m a Fool. The Egg.
Isaac Asimov, The Bicentennial Man.
Margaret Atwood, Dancing Girls.
Murray Bail, A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z.
James Baldwin, Sonny''s Blues.
Toni Cade Bambara, The Lesson.
Russell Banks, Sarah Cole: A Type of Love Story.
Julian Barnes, The Stowaway.
Fiona Barr, The Wall-Reader.
John Barth, Lost in the Funhouse.
Donald Bartheleme, The Balloon.
Rick Bass, Antlers.
Ann Beattie, Janus.
Ambrose Bierce, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.
Heinrich Böll, Christmas Not Just Once a Year.
Arna Bontemps, A Summer Tragedy.
Jorge Juis Borges, The Garden of Forking Paths.
Elizabeth Bowen, The Demon Lover.
Kay Boyle, Astronomer''s Wife.
T. Coraghessan Boyle, Heart of a Champion.
Lily Brett, What Do You Know About Friends?
Larry Brown, Kubuku Rides (This Is It).
Frederick Busch, Ralph the Duck.
Italo Calvino, The Form of Space.
Albert Camus, The Guest.
Ethan Canin, We Are Nighttime Travelers.
Peter Carey, American Dreams. Crabs.
Raymond Carver, A Small, Good Thing. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.
Willa Cather, Paul''s Case.
John Cheever, The Swimmer.
Anton Chekhov, The Bet. The Darling. The Lady with the Dog.
Kate Chopin, The Story of an Hour.
Agatha Christie, The Witness for the Prosecution.
Arthur C. Clarke, The Star.
Colette, Cheri.
Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness.
Julio Cortázar, We Love Glenda So Much.
Peter Cowan, The Red-backed Spiders.
Stephen Crane, The Blue Hotel. The Open Boat.
Alice Elliott Dark, In the Gloaming.
Isak Dinesen, The Sailor-boy''s Tale.
Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Speckled Band.
Andre Dubus, The Fat Girl.
Ralph Ellison, Battle Royal. King of the Bingo Game.
Louise Erdrich, Lyman''s Luck. The Red Convertible.
Beverley Farmer, At the Airport.
William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily. Barn Burning.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Babylon Revisited.
Gustave Flaubert, A Simple Heart.
E. M. Forster, The Road to Colonus.
Mary Wilkins Freeman, The Revolt of ''Mother''.
Ernest J. Gaines, The Sky Is Gray.
Mavis Gallant, Thank You for the Lovely Tea.
Helen Garner, Little Helen''s Sunday Afternoon.
William Gass, In the Heart of the Heart of the Country.
Ellen Gilchrist, Among the Mourners. Traceleen, She''s Still Talking.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper.
Susan Glaspell, A Jury of Her Peers.
Gail Godwin, Dream Children.
Nikolai Gogol, The Overcoat.
Nadine Gordimer, Town and Country Lovers.
Patricia Grace, Journey.
Graham Greene, The Destructors.
Kate Grenville, No Such Thing as a Free Lunch.
Thomas Hardy, The Three Strangers.
Nathaniel Hawthorne, My Kinsman, Major Molineux. Rappaccini''s Daughter. Young Goodman Brown.
Bessie Head, The Prisoner Wore Glasses.
Ernest Hemingway, The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber.
O. Henry, The Ransom of Red Chief.
Desmond Hogan, The Airedale.
Mary Hood, How Far She Went.
Janet Turner Hospital, The Inside Story.
William Dean Howells, Editha.
Langston Hughes, On the Road.
Keri Hulme, Kiteflying Party at Doctors'' Point.
Zora Neale Hurston, Sweat.
Witi Ihimaera, His First Ball.
Shirley Jackson, The Lottery.
Henry James, The Pupil. The Real Thing.
Sarah Orne Jewett, A White Heron.
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Picnic with Moonlight and Mangoes.
Ha Jin, The Bridegroom.
Charles Johnson, The Sorcerer''s Apprentice.
James Joyce, Araby. The Dead.
Franz Kafka, In the Penal Colony. The Metamorphosis. In the Penal Colony.
Janet Kauffman, Patriotic.
Garrison Keillor, The Tip-Top Club.
William Melvin Kelley, The Only Man on Liberty Street.
Jamaica Kincaid, Girl.
Stephen King, Suffer the Little Children.
Rudyard Kipling, The Man Who Would Be King.
Ring Lardner, Haircut.
Margaret Laurence, The Loons.
D. H. Lawrence, The Odor of Chrysanthemums. The Rocking Horse Winner.
Henry Lawson, The Drover''s Wife.
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas.
Doris Lessing, A Woman on a Roof. One Off the Short List.
Jack London, To Build a Fire.
Carson McCullers, Sucker.
Dennis McFarland, Nothing to Ask For.
Bernard Malamud, The Magic Barrel.
David Malouf, The Only Speaker of His Tongue.
Thomas Mann, Mario and the Magician.
Katherine Mansfield, Her First Ball.
Gabriel García Márquez, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings.
Paule Marshall, To Da-Duh, In Memoriam.
Michael Martone, On Anesthesia.
Bobbie Ann Mason, Shiloh.
Guy de Maupassant, The Necklace.
Herman Melville, Bartleby the Scrivener.
Yukio Mishima, Patriotism.
Lorrie Moore, You''re Ugly, Too.
Sally Morgan, The Letter.
Bharati Mukherjee, The Management of Grief.
Alice Munro, Wild Swans.
Albert Murray, Train Whistle Guitar.
R. K. Narayan, A Horse and Two Goats.
Susan Neville, Jubilee.
Joyce Carol Oates, How I Contemplated the World from the Detroit House of Correction and Began My Life Over Again. The Lady with the Pet Dog. Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?
Edna O''Brien, A Scandalous Woman.
Tim O''Brien, The Things They Carried.
Flannery O''Connor, A Good Man is Hard to Find. Everything That Rises Must Converge.
Frank O''Connor, Guests of the Nation.
John O''Hara, Pal Joey.
Tillie Olsen, I Stand Here Ironing.
Cynthia Ozick, The Shawl.
Grace Paley, A Conversation with My Father.
Dorothy Parker, Big Blonde.
Edgar Allan Poe, The Cask of Amontillado. The Fall of the House of Usher.
Katherine Ann Porter, Flowering Judas. The Jilting of Granny Weatherall.
J.F. Powers, A Losing Game.
Annie Proulx, People in Hell Just Want a Drink of Water.
Thomas Pynchon, Entropy.
Henry Handel Richardson, Conversation in a Pantry.
Philip Roth, Defender of the Faith.
Saki (H. H. Munro), The Story-Teller.
Irwin Shaw, The Eighty-Yard Run.
Jean Shepherd, The Endless Street Car Ride into the Night, and the Tinfoil Noose.
Leslie Marmon Silko, Storyteller.
Isaac Beshevis Singer, Gimpel the Fool.
Jean Stafford, A Country Love Story.
Wallace Stegner, In the Twilight.
John Steinbeck, The Chrysanthemums.
Amy Tan, A Pair of Tickets.
Nguyen Huy Thiep, Salt of the Jungle.
James Thurber, The Catbird Seat.
Leo Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilych.
William Trevor, The Ballroom of Romance.
Ivan Turgenev, The Country Doctor.
Mark Twain, The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.
John Updike, A & P. Separating.
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Harrison Bergeron.
Alice Walker, Everyday Use. Really, Doesn''t Crime Pay? To Hell with Dying.
Robert Penn Warren, Blackberry Winter.
Fay Weldon, Pumpkin Pie.
Eudora Welty, A Worn Path. The Petrified Man. Why I Live at the P.O.
W. D. Wetherell, The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant.
Edith Wharton, Roman Fever.
John Edgar Wideman, Fever.
Oscar Wilde, The Sphinx without a Secret.
Michael Wilding, The Altar of the Family.
Elizabeth Winthrop, The Golden Darters.
Tim Winton, My Father''s Axe.
Richard Wright, The Man Who Was Almost a Man.
Pamela Zoline, The Heat Death of the Universe.


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Everyday Use by Alice Walker (DVD): Wadsworth Original Film Series in Literature  (ISBN-10: 1413006582 | ISBN-13: 9781413006582)

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Joseph F. Trimmer

Joseph F. Trimmer is professor of English and director of The Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry at Ball State University. He is the author of numerous articles on literature, culture, and literacy, including THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION: THE FIRST TWENTY-FIVE YEARS (1978), UNDERSTANDING OTHERS: CULTURAL AND CROSS-CULTURAL STUDIES AND THE TEACHING OF LITERATURE (1992), and NARRATION AS KNOWLEDGE: TALES OF THE TEACHING LIFE (1997). Professor Trimmer has also worked on 20 documentary films for PBS, including the six-part series, "Middletown" (1982). His textbooks include WRITING WITH A PURPOSE, 14th Edition (2004), THE RIVER READER, 12th Edition (formerly the RIVERSIDE READER (2016), and eFICTIONS (2002). Trimmer's A GUIDE TO MLA DOCUMENTATION, 9th Edition is a perennial bestseller; he has also published A GUIDE TO APA DOCUMENTATION.