Higher Education

The Heath Introduction to Fiction, 6th Edition

  • John J. Clayton University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • ISBN-10: 0395958253  |  ISBN-13: 9780395958254
  • 896 Pages
  • © 2000 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $99.75



This affordable, chronologically arranged anthology features 72 short stories carefully selected for their representation of international voices and techniques, their significance in the development of fiction, and their educational and thematic value. Selections are weighted toward the modern and contemporary, with a fair representation of earlier stories. Story groupings help instructors shape thematic units, and help students recognize thematic and technical points of comparison between readings. Multiple stories by the same author allow students to compare works and analyze the evolution of the writer's literary technique.

Table of Contents

Note: Each selection is followed by a Study Guide.
Introduction: On Fiction
How to Read and Write About Fiction
Terms Used in Thinking About Fiction
Story Groupings
Nineteenth-Century Fiction
Jacob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm (1786-1859) Grimm, Hansel and Gretel
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864), The Minister's Black Veil. Young Goodman Brown
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), The Fall of the House of Usher. The Purloined Letter
Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852), The Nose
Herman Melville (1819-1891), Bartleby the Scrivener
Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909), A White Heron
Guy De Maupassant (1850-1893), Old Mother Savage
Kate Chopin (1851-1904), Désirée's Baby
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman (1852-1930), The Revolt of 'Mother'
Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935), The Yellow Wall-Paper
Stephen Crane (1871-1900), The Blue Hotel
The Modern Tradition and Anton Chekhov
Modern Fiction and Anton Chekhov
Anton Chekhov (1860-1904), The Lady with the Dog. Misery. Gooseberries. Gusev
Writers in the Modern Canon
Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), The Secret Sharer
Edith Wharton (1862-1937), Roman Fever
Virginia Woolf (1878-1941), An Unwritten Novel
James Joyce (1882-1941), Araby. Clay
Franz Kafka (1883-1924), A Hunger Artist. The Bucket Rider
D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930), The Blind Man. The Rocking-Horse Winner
William Faulkner (1897-1962), That Evening Sun. A Rose for Emily
Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), Hills Like White Elephants
Selected Modern and Contemporary Fiction
I.L. Peretz (1851-1915), If Not Higher
William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), The Use of Force
Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941), I Want to Know Why
Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923), The Garden-Party
Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980), The Jilting of Granny Weatherall
Ryunosuke Akutagawa (1892-1927), Rashomon
Isaac Babel (1894-1941?), My First Goose
Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Sounds
John Steinbeck (1902-1968), The Chrysanthemums
Zora Neale Hurston (1903-1960), Sweat
Eudora Welty (b. 1909), A Worn Path
John Cheever (1912-1982), The Country Husband
Tillie Olsen (b. 1913?), I Stand Here Ironing
Octavio Paz (b. 1914), My Life with the Wave
Bernard Malamud (1914-1986), The Magic Barrel. Idiots First
Saul Bellow (b. 1915), A Silver Dish
Doris Lessing (b. 1919), How I Finally Lost My Heart
Shirley Jackson (1919-1965), The Lottery
Grace Paley (b. 1922), A Conversation with My Father. Zagrowsky Tells
Nadine Gordimer (b. 1923), City Lovers
James Baldwin (1924-1987), Sonny's Blues
Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964), A Good Man Is Hard to Find
Gabriel García Márquez (b. 1928), A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings
John Barth (b. 1930), Lost in the Funhouse
Chinua Achebe (b. 1930), The Madman
Alice Munro (b. 1931), White Dump
John Updike (b. 1932), Separating
John J. Clayton (b. 1935), The Man Who Could See Radiance
Joyce Carol Oates (b. 1938), Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?
Raymond Carver (1938-1988), Cathedral. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
Toni Cade Bambara (b. 1939), The Lesson
Alice Walker (b. 1944), Everyday Use
Tim O'Brien (b. 1946), The Man I Killed. The Lives of the Dead
Mary Gaitskill (b. 1954), Tiny, Smiling Daddy
Louise Erdrich (b. 1954), Saint Marie (1934): Marie Lazarre
Susan Minot (b. 1957), Lust
Lorrie Moore (b. 1957), Like Life
George Saunders (b. 1958), Offloading for Mrs. Schwartz
Victoria Redel (b. 1959), A Day in the Park
Index of Authors and Titles
Index of Terms