Great Short Stories of the Masters

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Forty-nine short stories, selected for their richness of detail, accurate depictions of human passion, and international scope, fill this collection. The authors include Americans such as Hemingway, Faulkner, Saul Bellow, and Flannery O'Connor, 19th and 20th century Western European giants such as Proust, Sartre, Flaubert, Kafka, Mann, Pirandello, Rilke, and Balzac, Russian icons Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Pushkin, Turgenev, and Chekhov, and Asian writers Rabindranath Tagore and Lu Hsun. While many of the names are ...
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Overview

Forty-nine short stories, selected for their richness of detail, accurate depictions of human passion, and international scope, fill this collection. The authors include Americans such as Hemingway, Faulkner, Saul Bellow, and Flannery O'Connor, 19th and 20th century Western European giants such as Proust, Sartre, Flaubert, Kafka, Mann, Pirandello, Rilke, and Balzac, Russian icons Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Pushkin, Turgenev, and Chekhov, and Asian writers Rabindranath Tagore and Lu Hsun. While many of the names are recognizable (though some, such as Bunin, Lagerlof, Nexo, and Svevo rank among the lesser-known), Neider has favored gems less familiar to the average reader.
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Editorial Reviews

Saturday Review Of Literature
A stunning array of favorites.
The Times
The best one-volume selection of fiction classics available anywhere
The Times (UK)
The best one-volume selection of fiction classics available anywhere
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815412533
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 380,283
  • Product dimensions: 6.88 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Neider (1915-2001) was the editor of George Washington: A Biography, The Complete Tales of Washington Irving and The Complete Humorous Sketches and Tales of Mark Twain, among many other books.
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International in scope, these forty-nine short stories are united by shared inventiveness in storytelling and exceptional literary talent.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
The Passover Guest 1
A Passion in the Desert 7
An Evening in Spring 20
Vanka 34
True Relation of the Apparition of One Mrs. Veal 39
Savannah-la-mar 48
The Heavenly Christmas Tree 51
That Evening Sun Go Down 56
The Legend of St. Julian the Hospitaller 73
My Mother 99
The Disabled Soldier 103
The Gray Champion 108
A Tale of Olden Time 116
The Snows of Kilimanjaro 128
The History of Krakatuk 152
The Stout Gentleman 164
The Great Good Place 174
Araby 199
A Country Doctor 205
The Beggar-Woman of Locarno 211
The Outlaws 214
Two Blue Birds 231
Benediction 246
The Massacre of the Innocents 266
A Weary Hour 276
The Piazza 284
Birds of Passage 298
Horse in the Moon 321
The Imp of the Perverse 328
Flowering Judas 334
Filial Sentiments of a Parricide 347
The Undertaker 356
Twilight 364
The Stranger 368
Letter to a Hostage 372
The Wall 387
Mr. Aristotle 406
Markheim 417
Generous Wine 433
The Hungry Stones 449
The Three Hermits 461
The District Doctor 468
A Dog's Tale 478
Solitude 488
The Duchess and the Jeweller 496
A Father-To-Be 503
Idiots First 514
The Vane Sisters 524
Everything That Rises Must Converge 538
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