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These six short novels are as different from each other as any great work of fiction can be. But despite differences, all share that one element--the unmistakable ring of human truth--that marks each of them as a masterpiece. Novels include The Dead by James Joyce, Billy Budd by Herman Melville, Noon Wine by Katherine Anne Porter, The Overcoat by Nikolay Gogol, The Pilgrim Hawk by Glen Wescott, and The Bear by William Faulkner.
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These six short novels are as different from each other as any great work of fiction can be. But despite differences, all share that one element--the unmistakable ring of human truth--that marks each of them as a masterpiece. Novels include The Dead by James Joyce, Billy Budd by Herman Melville, Noon Wine by Katherine Anne Porter, The Overcoat by Nikolay Gogol, The Pilgrim Hawk by Glen Wescott, and The Bear by William Faulkner.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780440379966
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/15/1954
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 4.22 (w) x 6.74 (h) x 1.18 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2004

    Great literature as telling the truth of life

    These six short novels are a small world of great literature. One alone the masterwork of Gogol, the Overcoat is the prelude in pathos to the great Russian novels to come. . Dubliners is the signature story of Joyce's single work of stories, a work that contains within it all the themes he would expand upon in Ulysses. The Bear is Faulkner at his most Faulkneresque in language confusing times and tenses and yet probing the past with a sense of its irrevocable significance. Billy Budd stands as the swansong of the great American writer, and as a probing tale of the conflict of innocence and evil. This group of stories was a favorite of mine as a young person, and I think it can inspire each and every one of its readers to greater love of life and literature.

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