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The Oxford book of short stories / chosen by V.S. Pritchett.
Pritchett, V. S. (Victor Sawdon), 1900-1997.
Publication Information:
New York : Oxford University Press, 1981.
Physical Description:
xiv, 547 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.

Many are disappointed / V.S. Pritchett -- Sinners / S. O'Faoláin -- Guests of the nation / F. O'Connor -- The runaway / M. Callaghan -- Never / H.E. Bates -- A horse and two goats / R.K. Narayan -- A visit of charity / E. Welty -- Various temptations / W. Sansom -- My vocation / M. Lavin -- Five-twenty / P. White -- Goodbye, my brother / J. Cheever -- Mrs Fortescue / D. Lessing -- Parker's back / F. O'Connor -- Going home / W. Trevor --Lifeguard / J. Updike.
The two drovers / W. Scott -- The birthmark / N. Hawthorne -- The fall of the House of Usher / E.A. Poe -- The celebrated jumping frog of Calaveras County / M. Twain -- The Iliad of Sandy Bar / B. Harte -- The coup de grâce / A. Bierce -- Paste / H. James -- Thrawn Janet / R.L. Stevenson -- The secret sharer / J. Conrad -- The record of Badalia Herodsfoot / R. Kipling --Telemachus, friend / O. Henry -- Sredni Vashtar / H.H. Munro ('Saki') -- The open boat / S. Crane -- An ideal craftsman / W. de la Mare -- An official position / W.S. Maugham -- I want to know why / S. Anderson -- The field of mustard / A.E. Coppard -- Grace / J. Joyce -- The rocking-horse winner / D.H. Lawrence -- Who dealt? / R. Lardner -- The woman at the store / K. Mansfield --Flowering Judas / K.A. Porter -- The tent / L. O'Flaherty -- Dry September / W. Faulkner -- Hills like white elephants / E. Hemingway -- The demon lover / E. Bowen.
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V. S. Pritchett, one of our greatest short story writers, has chosen forty-one stories from nine countries written in the English language for this volume, producing a collection that successfully displays the wealth and variety of an art that spans some 200 years. The United States, Great Britain, and Ireland have fine traditions of short story writing that have developed from the time of Sir Walter Scott and Nathaniel Hawthorne. In the twentieth century the art was perfected by Ernest Hemingway, D. H. Lawrence, W. Somerset Maugham, John Updike, and V. S. Pritchett himself. Other contributions in the book come from such masters as James Joyce, Mark Twain, Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, Frank O'Connor, H. E. Bates, William Trevor, and Liam O'Flaherty. Now, the collection of short story masters extends to Canadian, Indian, New Zealander, and Australian writers, who show in the works included here the full range of invention and ability in a genre that continues to flourish.