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This historically arranged anthology of short fiction by top American and international writers provides a comprehensive collection of both the classic stories as well as the most effective, relevant, and engaging modern and contemporary short stories. Through four distinct historical units, the author looks at the development of the short story as a genre. The historical introductions and visual spreads that begin each unit help instructors and students place the stories they read in a broader context. In addition to delineating the history and future of the short story, the anthology provides a comprehensive collection of classical and traditional stories and demonstrates the liveliness, flexibility, and dynamic nature of the genre. This dual focus grounds students in the tradition of the short story genre and gives them an appreciation for its contemporary context. Unlike many introductions to short fiction, this anthology includes a strong representation of newer works by international and American writers.

Wendy Martin, Claremont Graduate University

Wendy Martin (Ph.D., University of California, Davis) is professor of English at Claremont Graduate University, where she has taught since 1987. She is a member of THE HEATH ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE Editorial Board.
  • A wide range of selections--traditional and innovative--includes works by such diverse authors as Aesop, James Baldwin, Geoffrey Chaucer, Anton Chekhov, Sandra Cisneros, John Updike, Eudora Welty, and Tobias Wolff.
  • Visual elements include graphic spreads that open each historical unit with art, photos, and relevant cultural objects.
  • Thematic clusters--in the Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary units--allow for a deeper exploration of historical themes through a combination of interrelated short stories and critical essays. The thematic clusters are "Domestic Fictions" (in the Nineteenth-Century unit), "The Harlem Renaissance" (in the Modern unit), and "Postcolonial Literature" (in the Contemporary unit).
  • Part Two--Reading, Writing, Discussing--includes critical essays on stories in the anthology, as well as essays by and interviews with writers featured in the text.
I. Stories
Precursors to the Short Story
Aesop (c. 620E-560 B.C.): "The Fox and the Grapes," "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse"
The Old Testament, King James Version: "The Creation of the World"
Chuang Tzu (c. 369-268 B.C.): "A Butterfly''s Dream," From "Discussion on Making All Things Equal"
Geoffrey Chaucer (c.1342-1400): "The Wife of Bath''s Tale"
Marie de France (c. 1150): "Guigemar"
Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm (1785-1863); (1786-1859): "Godfather Death"
Delia Oshogay (Traditional): "Oshikikwe''s Baby"
Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.): "The Parable of the Cave"
The Nineteenth-Century Short Story (1800-1899)
Emilia Pardo Bazan (1851-1921): "The Heartlover"
Ambrose Bierce (1842- c.1914): "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," Related Critical Essay: Roy Morris Junior, from Ambrose Bierce: Alone in Bad Company
Anton Chekhov (1860-1904): "The Darling," "The Lady with the Dog"
Stephen Crane (1871-1900): "The Open Boat"
Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881): "The Dream of a Ridiculous Man"
Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930): "A Scandal in Bohemia"
Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852): "The Overcoat"
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864): "Rappacini''s Daughter," "Young Goodman Brown," Related Critical Essay: Edgar Allan Poe, "Hawthorne''s Twice-Told Tales"
Washington Irving (1783-1859): "Rip Van Winkle"
Henry James (1843-1916): Daisy Miller, "The Real Thing," Related Essay: Henry James, "The Art of Fiction"
Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909): "A White Heron"
Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893): "The Necklace"
Herman Melville (1819-1891): "Bartleby, the Scrivener," Related Critical Essay: Elizabeth Hardwick, "Bartleby in Manhattan"
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849): "The Cask of Amontillado," "The Purloined Letter"
Mary Shelley (1797-1851): "The Mortal Immortal"
Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910): "The Death of Ivan Ilyich"
Mark Twain (1835-1910): "Jim Baker''s Blue Jay Yarn," "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," "War Prayer"
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900): "Lord Arthur Saville''s Crime"
Nineteenth-Century Cluster: Domestic Fictions
Kate Chopin (1851-1904): "Desiree''s Baby," "The Story of an Hour"
Mary Wilkins Freeman (1852-1930): "A New England Nun," "The Revolt of ''Mother''"
Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935): "The Yellow Wallpaper"
Martha J. Cutter: "Frontiers of Language: Engendering Discourse in "The Revolt of ''Mother''"
Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar: From The Madwoman in the Attic
Leah Blatt Glasser: From In a Closet Hidden: The Life and Work of Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
The Modern Short Story (1900-1969)
Chinua Achebe (1930- ): "Dead Men''s Path," Related Critical Essay: Chinua Achebe, "The Novelist as Teacher"
Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941): "The Triumph of the Egg"
James Baldwin (1924-1987): "Sonny''s Blues," Related Critical Essay: Pancho Savery, "Baldwin, Bebop, and Sonny''s Blues"
Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986): "Emma Zunz"
Albert Camus (1913-1960): "The Guest"
Willa Cather (1873-1947): "Paul''s Case," Related Critical Essay: Sharon O''Brien, from Willa Cather: The Emerging Voice
John Cheever (1912-1982): "The Enormous Radio," "The Swimmer"
Colette (1873-1954): "The Other Wife"
Haroldo Conti (1925- ): "Lost"
Julio Cortazar (1914-1984): "Continuity of Parks"
Ralph Ellison (1914-1994): "Battle Royal"
William Faulkner (1897-1962): "A Rose for Emily," Related Critical Essay: Judith Fetterley, "A Rose for ''A Rose for Emily''"
F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940): "Babylon Revisited"
Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961): "Hills Like White Elephants," Interview: Ernest Hemingway, Interviewed by George Plimpton
Shirley Jackson (1919-1965): "The Lottery," Related Critical Essay: Shirley Jackson, "Biography of a Story"
James Joyce (1882-1941): "Araby,"
Franz Kafka (1883-1924): "A Hunger Artist"
D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930): "The Rocking-Horse Winner"
Doris Lessing (1919- ): "To Room Nineteen"
Clarice Lispector (1925?-1977): "The Smallest Woman in the World"
Jack London (1876-1916): "To Build a Fire"
Bernard Malamud (1914-1986): "The Magic Barrel"
Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923): "The Garden Party"
Yukio Mishima (1925-1970): "Patriotism"
Flannery O''Connor (1925-1964): "Good Country People," "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," Related Essay: Flannery O''Connor, "Writing Short Stories"
Frank O''Connor (1903-1966): "Guests of the Nation"
Tillie Olsen (c. 1912- ): "I Stand Here Ironing"
Anna Maria Ortese (1914-1998): "A Pair of Glasses"
Dorothy Parker (1893-1967): "Big Blonde"
Luigi Pirandello (1876-1936): "The Jar"
Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980): "Theft"
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980): "The Room"
Delmore Schwartz (1913-1966): "In Dreams Begin Responsibilities"
John Steinbeck (1902-1968): "The Chrysanthemums"
John Updike (1932- ): "A & P," "Separating"
Luisa Valenzuela (1938- ): "A Famile for Clotilde," Interview: Luisa Valenzuela, Interviewed by Marie-Lise Gazarian Gautier
Eudora Welty (1909-2001): "Why I Live at the P.O."
Edith Wharton (1862-1937): "Roman Fever," Related Critical Essay: Dale M. Bauer, "Edith Wharton''s ''Roman Fever'': A Rune of History"
E. B. White (1899-1985): "The Second Tree from the Corner"
Richard Wright (1908-1960): "The Man Who Was Almost a Man"
Modern Cluster: The Harlem Renaissance
Arna Bontemps (1902-1973): "A Summer Tragedy"
Langston Hughes (1902-1967): "Cora Unashamed"
Zora Neale Hurston (c.1901-1960): "Drenched in Light," "Sweat"
Dorothy West (1907-1998): "The Typewriter"
Langston Hughes: "When the Negro Was in Vogue," "Harlem Literati," "Downtown"
David Kuperman: "Dying: The Shape of Victory in ''A Summer Tragedy''"
The Contemporary Short Story (1970-Present)
Isabel Allende (1942- ): "And of Clay Are We Created," Interview: Isabel Allende, Interviewed by Farhart Iftekharuddin
Margaret Atwood (1939- ): "Happy Endings," Related Critical Essay: Margaret Atwood, "Reading Blind"
Toni Cade Bambara (1939-1995): "The Lesson"
T. C. Boyle (1948- ): "Sinking House"
Kate Braverman (1950- ): "Hour of the Fathers"
Robert Olen Butler (1945- ): "A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain"
Ethan Canin (1960- ): "Emperor of the Air"
Raymond Carver (1938-1988): "Cathedral," "A Small, Good Thing," Related Essay: Raymond Carver, "On Writing"
Sandra Cisneros (1954- ): "Barbie-Q"
Peter Ho Davies (1966- ): "What You Know"
Louise Erdrich (1954- ): "American Horse," "The Red Convertible," "The Shawl," Interview: Louise Erdrich, Interviewed by Robert Spillman
Richard Ford (1944- ): "Rock Springs," Interview: Richard Ford, Interviewed by Ned Stuckey-French
Mary Gaitskill (1954- ): "Tiny Smiling Daddy"
Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1928- ): "I Only Came to Use the Phone," "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings"
Alan Gurganus (1947- ): "He''s at the Office"
Patricia Henley (1947- ): "The Secret of Cartwheels"
Gish Jen (1956- ): "In the American Society"
Le Minh Khue (1949- ): "The Distant Stars," Related Critical Essay: Dana Sachs, "Small Tragedies and Distant Stars: Le Minh Khue''s Language of Lost Ideals"
Jamaica Kincaid (1949- ): "Wingless"
Jhumpa Lahiri (1967- ): "A Temporary Matter," Related Essay: Jhumpa Lahiri, "The Author of Interpreter of Maladies Interprets Herself"
Andrew Lam (1964- ): "Show and Tell"
Ursula K. LeGuin (1929- ): "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas"
David Leavitt (1961- ): "Houses"
Bobbie Ann Mason (1940- ): "Shiloh"
Toni Morrison (1931- ): "Recitatif"
Alice Munro (1931- ): "Floating Bridge," Related Essay: Alice Munro, "What is Real?"
R. K. Narayan (1906-2001): "House Opposite"
Joyce Carol Oates (1938- ): "How I Contemplated the World from the Detroit House of Correction and Began My Life Over Again," "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Related Essay: Joyce Carol Oates, "Beginnings: The Origins and Art of the Short Story"
Tim O''Brien (1946- ): "Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong," "The Things They Carried," Related Critical Essay: Katherine Kinney, from Friendly Fire
Z Z Packer (1973- ): "Brownies," "Drinking Coffee Elsewhere"
Grace Paley (1922- ): "A Conversation with My Father"
Philip Roth (1933- ): "Defender of the Faith"
Akhil Sharma (1971- ): "If You Sing Like That for Me"
Leslie Marmon Silko (1948- ): "Yellow Woman," Interview: Leslie Marmon Silko, Interviewed by Florence Boos
Helena Maria Viramontes (1954- ): "The Moths"
Alice Walker (1944- ): "Everyday Use," Related Critical Essay: Sam Whitsett, "In Spite of It All: A Reading of Alice Walker''s ''Everyday Use''"
Tobias Wolff (1945- ): "Bullet in the Brain"
Monica Wood (1953- ): "Disappearing"
Contemporary Cluster: Postcolonial Literature
Ama Ata Aidoo (1942- ): "The Message"
Peter Carey (1943- ): "Do You Love Me?"
Hanif Kureishi (1954- ): "My Son the Fanatic"
Salman Rushdie (1947- ): "Good Advice is Rarer than Rubies"
John McLeod: "From ''Commonwealth'' to ''Postcolonial''"
Anne McClintock: "The Angel of Progress: Pitfalls of the Term ''Postcolonialism''"
II. Reading, Writing, Discussing
Reading: The Critical Essays
Elizabeth Abel: "Black Writing, White Reading: Race and the Politics of Feminist Interpretation"
Chinua Achebe: "The Novelist as Teacher"
Margaret Atwood: "Reading Blind"
Dale M. Bauer: "Edith Wharton''s ''Roman Fever'': A Rune of History"
Steven Carter: "Tolstoy''s ''The Death of Ivan Ilyich''"
Judith Fetterley: "A Rose for ''A Rose for Emily''"
Elizabeth Hardwick: "Bartleby in Manhattan"
Shirley Jackson: "Biography of a Story"
Roy Morris Junior: From Ambrose Bierce: Alone in Bad Company
Katherine Kinney: From Friendly Fire
Sharon O''Brien: From Willa Cather: The Emerging Voice
Edgar Allan Poe: "Hawthorne''s Twice-Told Tales"
Dana Sachs: "Small Tragedies and Distant Stars: Le Minh Khue''s Language of Lost Ideals"
Pancho Savery: "Baldwin, Bebop, and Sonny''s Blues"
Sam Whitsett: "In Spite of it All: A Reading of Alice Walker''s ''Everyday Use''"
Writing: Crafting the Short Story
Raymond Carver: "On Writing"
Henry James: "The Art of Fiction"
Jhumpa Lahiri: "The Author of Interpreter of Maladies Interprets Herself"
Alice Munro: "What is Real?"
Flannery O''Connor: "Writing Short Stories"
Joyce Carol Oates: "Beginnings: The Origins and Art of the Short Story"
Discussing: Writers Talk About Their Work
Isabel Allende: Interviewed by Farhart Iftekharuddin
Ernest Hemingway: Interviewed by George Plimpton
Louise Erdrich: Interviewed by Robert Spillman
Richard Ford: Interviewed by Ned Stuckey-French
David Wong Louie: Interviewed by Stacey Yukari Hirose
Leslie Marmon Silko: Interviewed by Florence Boos
Luisa Valenzuela: Interviewed by Marie-Lise Gazarian Gautier
III. Appendices
I. Glossary of Literary Terms
II. MLA Documentation
III. Film Bibliography
IV. Chronological Table of Contents
V. Thematic Table of Contents

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