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  • Best American Short Stories 2018 (The Best American Series ®)

    • ASIN: 0544582942
    • ISBN: 0544582942
    • Manufacturer: Best American Paper

    Best-selling, award-winning, pop culture powerhouse Roxane Gay guest edits this year’s Best American Short Stories, the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction. “I am looking for the artful way any given story is conveyed,” writes Roxane Gay in her introduction to The Best American Short Stories 2018, “but I also lo... [Read More]

  • The Best American Short Stories of the Century (The Best American Series ®)

    • UPC: 046442843676
    • ASIN: 0395843677
    • ISBN: 0395843677
    • Brand: Mariner Books
    • Manufacturer: Mariner Books

    Since the series' inception in 1915, the annual volumes of The Best American Short Stories have launched literary careers, showcased the most compelling stories of each year, and confirmed for all time the significance of the short story in our national literature. Now THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES OF THE CENTURY brings together the best of the b... [Read More]

  • 100 Years of The Best American Short Stories (The Best American Series ®)

    • ASIN: 0547485859
    • ISBN: 0547485859
    • Manufacturer: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    The Best American Short Stories is the longest running and best-selling series of short fiction in the country. For the centennial celebration of this beloved annual series, master of the form Lorrie Moore selects forty stories from the more than two thousand that were published in previous editions. Series editor Heidi Pitlor recounts behind-the-... [Read More]

  • Children of the Night: The Best Short Stories by Black Writers, 1967 to the Present

    • ASIN: 0316599239
    • ISBN: 0316599239
    • Manufacturer: Little, Brown and Company

    In 1969, Little, Brown and Company published The Best Short Stories by Black Writers, edited by Langston Hughes - the classic compendium of African-American short fiction from 1897 to 1967. Now, a quarter of a century later, Gloria Naylor has compiled an encore volume, Children of the Night, bringing this extraordinary series up to date. Gathering ... [Read More]

  • Great Short Stories by African-American Writers (Dover Thrift Editions)

    • UPC: 800759471393
    • ASIN: 048647139X
    • ISBN: 9780486471396
    • Brand: Blaisdell, Bob (EDT)
    • Manufacturer: Dover Publications

    Offering diverse perspectives on the black experience, this anthology of short fiction spotlights works by influential African-American authors. Nearly 30 outstanding stories include tales by W. E. B. Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston, Claude McKay, and Jamaica Kincaid. From the turn of the twentieth century come Alice Ruth Moore's "A Carnival Jangle," C... [Read More]

  • The Best Short Stories of O. Henry (Modern Library (Hardcover))

    • ASIN: 0679601228
    • ISBN: 0679601228
    • Brand: Modern Library
    • Manufacturer: Modern Library

    The more than 600 stories written by O. Henry provided an embarrassment of riches for the compilers of this volume.  The final selection of the thirty-eight stories in this collection offers for the reader's delight those tales honored almost unanimously by anthologists and those that represent, in variety and balance, the best work of America's ... [Read More]

  • Short Stories by Latin American Women: The Magic and the Real (Modern Library Classics)

    • ASIN: 0812967070
    • ISBN: 0812967070
    • Brand: Brand: Modern Library
    • Manufacturer: Modern Library

    Celia Correas de Zapata, an internationally recognized expert in the field of Latin American fiction written by women, has collected stories by thirty-one authors from fourteen countries, translated into English by such renowned scholars and writers as Gregory Rabassa and Margaret Sayers Peden. Contributors include Dora Alonso, Rosario Ferré, Elen... [Read More]

  • American Short Story Masterpieces: A Rich Selection of Recent Fiction from America's Best Modern Writers

    • ASIN: 0440204232
    • ISBN: 0440204232
    • Brand: 2049145481
    • Manufacturer: Dell

    This highly acclaimed collection of short stories by American writers contains only the best literary art of the past four decades. Editors Raymond Carver and Tom Jenks have selected fiction that “tells a story”–and tells it with a masterful handling of language, situation, and insight. But what is so special about this volume is that it mir... [Read More]

  • Modern Irish Short Stories

    • ASIN: 0140246991
    • ISBN: 0140246991
    • Manufacturer: Penguin Books

    A collection of 26 twentieth-century Irish short stories, including works by Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, and W.B. Yeats.   “The features of this volume which separate it from other anthologies are the quality and breadth of its selections and the fine introduction by the editor.”—The Journal of Irish Literature   “An excellent selection.... [Read More]

  • The World's Greatest Short Stories (Dover Thrift Editions)

    • UPC: 800759447169
    • ASIN: 0486447162
    • ISBN: 0486447162
    • Brand: imusti
    • Manufacturer: Dover Publications

    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 &... [Read More]

  • The Best American Short Stories 2017 (The Best American Series ®)

    • ASIN: B01N7HZA3K
    • Brand: Unknown
    • Manufacturer: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Best-selling author Meg Wolitzer guest edits the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction. “If you know exactly what you are going to get from the experience of reading a story, you probably wouldn’t go looking for it; you need, in order to be an open reader of fiction, to be willing. To cast a vote for what you love and t... [Read More]

  • Short Story Masterpieces: 35 Classic American and British Stories from the First Half of the 20th Century

    • ASIN: 0440378648
    • ISBN: 0440378648
    • Manufacturer: Dell

    Since its first printing in 1954, this outstanding anthology has been the book of choice by teachers, students, and lovers of short fiction. Surveying stories by British and American writers in the first half of the twentieth century, editors Robert Penn Warren and Albert Erskine selected stories that broke new ground and challenged the imagination... [Read More]

  • Writers of the Future Vol 33 (L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future)

    • ASIN: 1619865297
    • ISBN: 1619865297
    • Brand: GALAXY
    • Manufacturer: Galaxy Press

    Internationally acclaimed anthology of award winning science fiction and fantasy short stories.   Explore diverse new universes of possibility through a variety of creative and fresh new ideas—all in one anthology. From dragons to mythical death dealers, from murder on the moon to deep space mystery, these stories bring you the hot new talent i... [Read More]

  • The Best Japanese Science Fiction Stories

    • ASIN: 156980124X
    • ISBN: 156980124X
    • Manufacturer: Barricade Books Inc

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    • ASIN: B008SY4KRO
    • Manufacturer: Modern Library

    The Best Short Stories Of Dostoevsky, Modern Library 293 - With a writer of such great genius and such a vast output as Fyodor Dostoevsky it is perhaps natural that criticism should be concerned mainly with his larger works. And yet it is in Dostoevsky's smaller works that we find the highest expression of his creative power and profundity of thoug... [Read More]

  • Gumbo: A Celebration of African American Writing

    • ASIN: 0767910419
    • ISBN: 0767910419
    • Manufacturer: Broadway Books

    A literary rent party to benefit the Hurston/Wright Foundation of African-American fiction, with selections to savor from bestselling authors as well as talented rising stars.Not since Terry McMillan’s Breaking Ice have so many African-American writers been brought together in one volume. A stellar collection of works from more than fifty hot nam... [Read More]

  • 100 Great Short Stories (Dover Thrift Editions)

    • UPC: 800759790210
    • ASIN: 0486790215
    • ISBN: 0486790215
    • Brand: imusti
    • Manufacturer: Dover Publications

    "This is a wonderful collection of authors from America and around the world. Centuries are covered, making this a great resource for English teachers and any lover of literature." — Life Community ChurchThis treasury of one hundred tales offers students and other readers of short fiction a splendid selection of stories by masters of the form. Co... [Read More]

  • The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)

    • ASIN: 0316055441
    • ISBN: 0316055441
    • Brand: Back Bay Books
    • Manufacturer: Back Bay Books

    A young New Yorker grieving his mother's death is pulled into a gritty underworld of art and wealth in this "extraordinary" and beloved Pulitzer Prize winner that "connects with the heart as well as the mind" (Stephen King, New York Times Book Review).Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Ab... [Read More]

  • Flash Fiction: 72 Very Short Stories

    • ASIN: 0393308839
    • ISBN: 0393308839
    • Manufacturer: W. W. Norton & Company

    "These stories are not merely flashes in the pan; there's pay dirt here!" ―DeWitt Henry, editor of Ploughshares

  • The Modern Library Writer's Workshop: A Guide to the Craft of Fiction (Modern Library Paperbacks)

    • ASIN: 0375755586
    • ISBN: 0375755586
    • Brand: Modern Library
    • Manufacturer: Modern Library

    “Make [your] characters want something right away—even if it’s only a glass of water. Characters paralyzed by the meaninglessness of modern life still have to drink water from time to time.” —Kurt Vonnegut“‘The cat sat on the mat’ is not the beginning of a story, but ‘the cat sat on the dog’s mat’ is.” —John Le CarréNothi... [Read More]

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