Short Stories for Students: Presenting Analysis, Context & Criticism on Commonly Studied Short Stories

  • Series Name: Short Stories for Students Series
  • Volume 36
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  • ISBN-10: 1414487444
  • ISBN-13: 9781414487441
  • DDC: 809.31
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade +
  • 328 Pages | eBook
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2012, 2011
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released November 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Each volume of Short Stories for Students contains easily accessible and content-rich discussions of the literary and historical background of 13-15 works from various cultures and time periods. Each story covered in this new resource was specially chosen by an advisory panel of teachers and librarians -- experts who have helped us define the information needs of students and ensure the age-appropriateness of this reference's content.

Here are some of the stories you will find in this volume: "The Disappearance" by Chitra Banarjee Divakaruni, "Little Knife" by Michael Chabon, "A New Leaf" by F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Sentinel" by Arthur Clarke, "The Storyteller" by Saki, and "This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona" by Sherman Alexie.

You may also be interested in For Students Online - the complete For Students Collection in eBook format.

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Short Stories for Students Series

Each biannual volume presents vital information on approximately 20 of the most-studied short stories at the high school and early-college levels. Illustrated, Short Stories For Students contains concise synopses of the story's plot, characters and themes, along with a brief author biography, a discussion of the story's cultural and historical significance, and excerpted criticism geared specifically toward the high school student. Researchers will also find information on media adaptations of the story, discussion questions, and suggestions on what to read next. Cumulative indexes enable students to access entries via author, title, nationality, and theme. You may also be interested in For Students Online - the complete For Students Collection in eBook format. While Gale strives to replicate print content, some content may not be available due to rights restrictions. Call your Sales Rep for details.

Features and Benefits

  • Student friendly: Homework help format, w/ criticism at H.S. students’ interest and reading levels.
  • Reader friendly: For patrons interested in more info on the classics or bestsellers they’re reading.
  • Curriculum Connection: Supports standards on study of literature by genre or in historical context and provides readalikes for common core activities.
  • Assignment based: For Students designed to match real English projects and the format facilitates compare and contrast, inquiry based activities. Title lists correlate well with textbooks, anthologies.

Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 141448741X | ISBN-13: 9781414487410


"Will be welcomed as a valuable resource for teaching and learning about short stories. This newest Gale series is a welcome, if not long overdue, reference work that will certainly see high use in school libraries." -- VOYA (June 1998)

— Voice of Youth Advocates

"Does everything for students but write the paper. A useful tool for students and teachers." -- School Library Journal (August 1998)

— School Library Journal

A starred review . "Both teachers and students can use this excellent resource as a reference for selected short stories. This book will provide an excellent supplemental resource for teachers looking for additional stories to add to their curriculum. Librarians and teachers will want to collect all volumes... Highly recommended." -- The Book Report (Nov/Dec 1999)

— Terri Duncko

"The high quality and thorough coverage of significant short story literature provided in this series make it an excellent choice for purchase by high school and academic libraries." -- ARBA 1998


"This high-quality, well-organized series makes an excellent research and teaching tool." -- ARBA (American Reference Books Annual) 1999


"These are excellent references. I look forward to the publication of future volumes." -- English Journal (January 1999)

— English Journal

Table of Contents

Divakaruni, Chitra Banarjee Disappearance, The.
Packer, Z. Z. Drinking Coffee Elsewhere.
Lawrence, D. H. Horse Dealer's Daughter, The.
Munro, Alice How I Met My Husband.
Dubus, Andre Killings.
Chabon, Michael Little Knife, The.
Sarma, Vishnu Mice that Set the Elephants Free, The.
Fitzgerald, F. Scott New Leaf, A.
Clarke, Arthur Sentinel, The.
Saki Storyteller, The.
Alexie, Sherman This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona.
Bazan, Emilio Pardo Torn Lace.
Bombal, Maria Luisa Tree, The.
Murakami, Haruki Year of Spaghetti, The.
Sijie, Dai Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress.