Classic English Short Stories, 1930-1955

Overview

The years from 1930 to 1955 marked a high point in the fortunes of the English short story. Inevitably World War II left its mark on many of the stories Derek Hudson has collected in this suberb volume, but, he argues in the introduction, that "the dominating impression in these English stories...is of humour—not necessarily in the comic sense...but in the sense...of a humorous perspective of life."
The volume includes stories by such renowned writers as Somerset Maugham, ...

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Overview

The years from 1930 to 1955 marked a high point in the fortunes of the English short story. Inevitably World War II left its mark on many of the stories Derek Hudson has collected in this suberb volume, but, he argues in the introduction, that "the dominating impression in these English stories...is of humour—not necessarily in the comic sense...but in the sense...of a humorous perspective of life."
The volume includes stories by such renowned writers as Somerset Maugham, Virginia Woolf, and Evelyn Waugh. Stories by Elizabeth Bowen, Frances Towers, Clemence Dane, Rosamond Lehmann, and A.L. Barker demonstrate that women writers have found the short story form increasingly congenial. C.S. Forester and Graham Greene bring their power of narrative to tragic themes, while Eric Linklater asserts his claim on poetic fantasy. The volume also contains characteristic stories by H.E. Bates, V.S. Pritchett, William Plomer, John Moore, Christopher Sykes, William Sansom, Fred Urquhart, and Nigel Kneale.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192811219
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/5/1990
  • Series: Oxford Paperbacks Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.69 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Editor:
Derek Hudson is a critic, reviewer, and former publisher at Oxford University Press.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Note Acknowledgements Introduction
1. The Kite, W. Somerset Maugham
2. The Duchess and the Jeweller, Virginia Woolf
3. The Little Willow, Frances Towers
4. The Hostage, C. S. Forester
5. Sealskin Trousers, Eric Linklater
6. The Voice, V. S. Pritchett
7. Ever Such a Nice Boy, William Plomer
8. On Guard, Evelyn Waugh
9. The Basement Room, Graham Greene
10. The Woman Who Had Imagination, H. E. Bates
11. Local Boy Makes Good, John Moore
12. The Sacred and the Profane, Christopher Sykes
13. The Vertical Ladder, William Sansom
14. Man About the House, Fred Urquhart
15. Mr. Minnenick, A. L. Barker
16. The Putting Away of Uncle Quaggin, Nigel Kneale
17. Maria, Elizabeth Bowen
18. The Dearly Beloved of Benjamin Cobb, Clemence Dane
19. A Dream of Winter, Rosamond Lehmann

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