The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction / Edition 7

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One of the most celebrated writers and teachers of fiction, Richard Bausch, pairs his insight and inspiration with Norton’s trusted editorial standards to deliver the finest teaching anthology available.The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction, Shorter Edition features 73 works—many of them new to this edition—by 69 authors, offering a broad collection of short stories with the most thoughtful annotations and apparatus on the market. With a new “Authors in Depth” feature, an extensive Reviews and Commentaries section, and expanded coverage of Writers on Writing, the Shorter Eighth Edition provides a wealth of criticism of key works and authors, as well as the opportunity to look deeper into the craft of fiction.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393926118
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/19/2005
  • Series: Norton Anthology Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 1776
  • Sales rank: 96,609
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Bausch

Richard Bausch is the author of twelve novels, including In the Night Season, Hello to the Cannibals, and Before, During, After. He has also written eight collections of short stories, among them a Modern Library edition of selected stories, The Stories of Richard Bausch, and most recently, Something is Out There. In 2012, he won the prestigious Rea Award for the Short Story. Bausch teaches creative writing at Chapman University.

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  • Posted August 10, 2012

    Great Literature of Short Stories!

    This book will always fascinate me with the lives of the people represented in each story. All of the stories I have read so far have truly captivated my attention. The stories cover different lifestyles covering both individuals and family.
    In “Death by Landscape” by Margaret Atwood, the setting begins in the home of Lois whose main focuses are the pictures of landscapes on her walls. There comes the tale of a young girl, Lois, sent to camp each summer. In the beginning she seems to resent her family for sending her by thinking they are having fun without her being home. This resentment soon turns to enjoyment over the years. During that time she befriends another girl, Lucy. Lois and Lucy become the main focus of the story. Things changed late in the story when Lucy comes up missing. The main character, Lois, seemed to never recover from the loss of her friend. She carried that heartbreak with her for years on through the birth of her sons and death of her husband. A reader can begin to feel sorry for Lois, now understanding the irony behind the pictures on her walls. She is searching for her long lost friend.
    “Rules of the Game” by Amy Tan, set the stage for a young Chinese-American girl, Waverly, who became very good at playing chess. So good in fact that she was invited to play on the national level and became champion. What once seemed to be a silly game by her mother soon became inspiration to Waverly’s fame. As the story goes on Waverly’s mother becomes more obsessed in her daughter’s abilities. Waverly begins to become annoyed by her mother’s actions and willingness to boast her to strangers. There comes the climatic stage when Waverly has had enough of her mother’s boasting. She tells her mother how embarrassed she feels about the boasting and runs off away from her mother only to return home later that evening to a surprise reaction from her family.
    These stories and stories like them fill the Anthology with mystery, compassion and intrigue. Each story takes you down a different path for the main character. In “Death by Landscape” we have the main character reminiscing about the good times with her best friend in camp and then the tragic loss she suffered. A loss that created a deep void in her life that couple only be filled by the pictures of landscapes mounted on her walls. In “Rules of the Game”, the main character got the interest of playing chest from watching her brothers play. Soon she was playing the old man at the park. Next thing you know she is the National Chess Champion. She handled fame very well, not like her mother. The only thing that mattered to her was practice and perfection. But, things got frustrating when all her mother wanted to do was walk down the street with her in tow and boast about her to strangers. Stories like these will force the reader to read the next story to see how their life was affected by those they come in close contact with. I really enjoyed the short stories and look forward to reading more of them.

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