Fiction: A Pocket Anthology / Edition 6

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The perfect alternative to lengthy fiction anthologies, this brief, affordable collection of short stories provides a concise yet complete introduction to the study of fiction. Featuring over 30 short stories, it spans the spectrum of short fiction from early pieces by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Anton Checkov to contemporary works by Alice Walker and Margaret Atwood. Writing About Fiction section offers a brief overview of organizational strategies, research methods, style and MLA style citation. "The Telling of the Tale" is a discussion of the oral roots of short fiction. "The Short Story Genre" is an account of the development of the modern short story. "Reading and Analyzing Short Fiction" a presentation of John Cheever's brief story, "Reunion," followed by a discussion of how the elements of fiction-plot, characterization, point of view, theme, setting, style-relate to this and other stories in the book. Index of critical terms provides a cross-referenced list of terms covered. For those interested in Fiction.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205655137
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 10/23/2008
  • Series: Pearson English Value Textbook Series Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

* asterisks indicate selections new to this edition


The Telling of the Tale

The Short Story Genre

Reading and Analyzing Short Fiction



Point of View



Style and Symbol

Writing about Short Fiction


*Nathanel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

The Minister’s Black Veil

*Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)


Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909)

A White Heron

Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)

Mother Savage

*Kate Chopin (1851-1904)

The Story of an Hour

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

The Yellow Wallpaper

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

Roman Fever

Willa Cather (1876-1947)

Paul’s Case

James Joyce (1882-1941)


Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960)


*William Faulkner (1897-1962)

A Rose for Emily

*Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)

Up in Michigan

John Steinbeck (1902-1968)

The Chrysanthemums

Richard Wright (1908-1960)

The Man Who Was Almost a Man

Eudora Welty (1909-2001)

A Worn Path

John Cheever (1912-1982)


Ralph Ellison (1914-1995)

A Party Down at the Square

Shirley Jackson (1919-1965)

The Lottery

*Hisaye Yamamoto (B. 1921)

Seventeen Syllables

Grace Paley (B. 1922-2007)


*Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964)

Everything That Rises Must Converge

Richard Yates (1926-1992)

Doctor Jack-o’-Lantern

Gabriel García Márquez (B. 1928)

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

Ursula K. Le Guin

The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

Chinua Achebe (B. 1930)

Dead Men’s Path

*Alice Munro (B. 1931)

The Bear Came Over the Mountain

Raymond Carver (1938-1988)


Joyce Carol Oates (B. 1938)

Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

Margaret Atwood (B. 1939)

Happy Endings

Bobbie Ann Mason (B. 1940)


Alice Walker (B. 1944)

Everyday Use

*Tim O’Brien (B. xxxx)

The Things They Carried

Tim Gautreaux (B. 1947)

Died and Gone to Vegas

Jamaica Kincaid (B. 1949)


Dagoberto Gilb (B. 1950)

Look on the Bright Side

Sandra Cisneros (B. 1954)

Woman Hollering Creek

Louise Erdrich (B. 1954)

The Red Convertible

Gish Jen (B. 1955)

In the American Society

*Lorrie Moore (B. 1957)

How to Become a Writer

Daniel Orozco (b. 1960)


*Sherman Alexie, (B. 1966)

This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona

Appendix: Stories Listed by Form, Genre, and Theme


Index of Critical Terms

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