The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction

The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction

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by Ann Charters
     
 

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Ann Charters has an acute sense of which stories work most effectively in the classroom and knows that writers, not editors, have the most interesting and useful things to say about the making and the meaning of fiction. For those who want a smaller, less expensive anthology, the compact edition of The Story and Its Writer is the most comprehensive, diverse&

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Ann Charters has an acute sense of which stories work most effectively in the classroom and knows that writers, not editors, have the most interesting and useful things to say about the making and the meaning of fiction. For those who want a smaller, less expensive anthology, the compact edition of The Story and Its Writer is the most comprehensive, diverse — the best-selling — introduction to fiction available, notable for its student appeal as well as its quality and range. To complement the stories, Charters includes her lasting innovation: an array of the writers’ own commentaries on the craft and traditions of fiction. For in-depth, illustrated studies of particular writers, her Casebooks provide unparalleled opportunities for discussion and writing.
 
For a shorter, more affordable option, the compact edition offers all the editorial features of the full edition with about half the stories and commentaries.

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This collection of 124 stories includes classics, modern work, and contemporary selections by writers such as Raymond Carver and Louise Erdrich, plus translations of important non-English works. It features biographical notes for each story, 75 commentaries, many by the authors themselves, and casebooks on three contemporary writers. Separate appendices outline a history of the short story, discuss elements of fiction, review how to write a college-level paper on a story, and offer a glossary of literary terms. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312103408
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
12/01/1994
Series:
Resources for Teaching
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
259
Product dimensions:
5.99(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.99(d)

Meet the Author

ANN CHARTERS (Ph.D., Columbia University) is a professor of English at the University of Connecticut and has taught courses in the short story for over thirty years. A preeminent authority on the Beat writers, Charters has written a critically acclaimed biography of Jack Kerouac; compiled Beats & Company, a collection of her own photographs of Beat writers; and edited the best-selling Portable Beat Reader. Her books include The Kerouac Reader, Selected Letters of Jack Kerouac, 1957-1969, Beat Down to Your Soul, and The Portable Sixties Reader. Her other textbooks with Bedford/St. Martin's include The American Short Story and Its Writer, and Literature and Its Writers, co-edited with Samuel Charters.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Connecticut
Date of Birth:
November 10, 1936
Place of Birth:
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Education:
B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1957; M.A., Columbia University, 1959; Ph.D., 1965

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