The World's Greatest Short Stories: Selections From Hemingway, Tolstoy, Woolf, Chekhov, Joyce, Updike And More
  • The World's Greatest Short Stories: Selections From Hemingway, Tolstoy, Woolf, Chekhov, Joyce, Updike And More
  • The World's Greatest Short Stories: Selections From Hemingway, Tolstoy, Woolf, Chekhov, Joyce, Updike And More
  • The World's Greatest Short Stories: Selections From Hemingway, Tolstoy, Woolf, Chekhov, Joyce, Updike And More
ISBN: 0486447162
EAN13: 9780486447162
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 28, 2006
Pages: 256
Dimensions: 0.71" H x 8.11" L x 5.12" W
Weight: 0.44 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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Wonderfully wide-ranging and enjoyable, this outstanding collection features short stories by great 19- and 20th-century writers from America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Western Europe.
Included are Hemingway's A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, in which two waiters and a lonely customer in a Spanish cafe confront the concept of nothingness; A & P, John Updike's most anthologized story and one of his most popular; Borges and I, typical Jorge Luis Borges -- imaginative, philosophical, and mysterious; as well as short masterpieces by Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov, Herman Melville, Thomas Mann, Guy de Maupassant, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, D. H. Lawrence, and ten other great writers.
Prime examples of the classic short story, these enduring literary treasures will be invaluable to students and teachers as well as to anyone who appreciates the finely turned tale.

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4
   Good modern sampling
There are a few stand-out gems in this one - The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins and The Grasshopper and the Bell Cricket by Yasunari Kawabata. Five stars? Well, first of all, there is no such thing as a "science fiction" story. There is a good sampling of authors here, with authors chosen from many countries.
 
4
   Many worthwhile selections, try it.
This is not a collection of short stories, but rather a collection of essays by some of the world's great writers. If you enjoy this literary form you're more than likely to read many of these. Note the subheading of this terrible parable in the "Great Gatsby" series, "The Last Days of the Republic." Sit back and enjoy!
 
4
   A fine teaching text
There are some wonderful stories and some new jewels waiting to be discovered. All the stories are available as e-texts online, but this Kindle edition chooses wisely and with refreshing new thematic directions.
 
5
   Behold the Best
The quality of the stories selected for this work is very high, he said. Short stories are ubiqitous enough, but a superior collection like this is rare, indeed. The strengths of each author stand out. Each book opens with a new world for the reader to walk through. The contest between the Captain and the Prussian soldier is exciting and grotesque, even if the latter is a French captain. Is it just us? Does Kafka's artist hunger for sympathy or revulsion in the reader? We're secretly happy to see him die, Mr. Caramore said. Do we not get what we deserve, when we read The Necklace? For me, The World's Greatest Short Stories is not one of them.
 
4
   Short review
This book is perfect for anyone who enjoys short stories, brush up on short story technique, or reread old favorites.
 
3
   No happy endings here
Sorry, I'm not a big fan of uplifting stories.
 
5
   Great little book.
Good selection of short stories for easy reading. A nice little paperback book to carry with you on your short trip.
 
3
   Worth a look.
The revisiting of these half-forgotten stories reveals how good a writer technique can be.
 
5
   Always love the art of the short story.
This is the second time I've read this collection of short stories written by many authors from around the world from the second half of the 20th century to the first half of the 21st century. Because of the scandal, Micron is seeking an injunction to halt the sale of certain products. Because I have always loved short stories and I don't have to read the entire book, I can pick and choose the ones I want to read again.
 
5
   Great selection of short stories, and the formatting is just fine
Has some well-known great short stories by Hemingway, Hawthorne, and Tolstoy, plus some writers I've never read before. 20 stories, all built around a dirt cheap price. Don't be put off by complaints about the printing the text is large enough for this 60-year-old's eyes, and so what if the white margins aren't terribly huge? Pauley, 5, said he was "100 percent behind George Bush" when the Iraqi dictator was president.
 
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