The Art of the Tale: An International Anthology of Short Stories, 1945-1985


Eighty-one masterpieces by the world's best writers — a surprising, irresistible collection of short stories from around the world.

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Eighty-one masterpieces by the world's best writers — a surprising, irresistible collection of short stories from around the world.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Halpern arbitrarily limits his selections to the past 40 years, then throws over them an ``international umbrella.'' Though many of his choices have valueincluding classics by Cheever, Camus, Pritchett, Robbe-Grillet, Moravia, Greene, Borges, Garcia Marquez, and Nabokovthe United States is disproportionately represented, claiming 32 authors of the total 81, and there is only token representation of writers from such countries as Nigeria, Japan, Poland, Peru, Egypt, Spain, India, Denmark, and Israel. Halpern states that he read ``the work of more than a hundred story writers.'' Such a minimal scope is inadequate for a bona fide international anthology, and consequently the collection lacks decisive thematic proportion and editorial purpose. Glenn O. Carey, English Dept., Eastern Kentucky Univ., Richmond
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140079494
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/1987
  • Pages: 832
  • Sales rank: 221,988
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Halpern is the author of eight collections of poetry, and has received numerous grants and awards (including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the 1993 PEN Publisher Citation). For twenty-five years he edited the literary magazine Antaeus. He is currently Editorial Director of The Ecco Press/HarperCollins and divides his time between Princeton, New Jersey and New York City.

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Table of Contents

The Art of the Tale Introduction

Chinua, Achebe,Nigeria
The Sacrificial Egg

Ilse Aichinger, Austria
The Bound Man

Vasily Aksenov, Russia
Little Whale,Varnisher of Reality

Margaret Atwood, Canada
Hair Jewellery

Ingeborg Bachmann, Austria

James Baldwin, United States
Going to Meet the Man

Russell Banks, United States
The Child Screams and Looks Back at You

Donald Barthelme, United States
Cortés and Montezuma

Ann Beattie, United States

Samuel Beckett, Ireland
First Love

Heinrich Böll, Germany
Action Will Be Taken

Wolfgang Borchert, Germany
Do Stay, Giraffe

Jorge Luis Borges, Argentina
The Aleph

Tadeusz Borowski, Poland
This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen

Abdeslam Boulaich, Morocco

Paul Bowles, United States
A Distant Episode

T. Coraghessan Boyle, United States
Greasy Lake

Harold Brodkey, United States

Dino Buzzati, Italy
Seven Floors

Italo Calvino, Italy
The Adventure of a Traveler

Albert Camus, France
The Adulterous Woman

Truman Capote, United States
Children on Their Birthdays

Raymond Carver, United States

John Cheever, United States
The Country Husband

Robert Coover, United States
Quenby and Ola, Swede and Carl

Julio Cortázar, Argentina

Guy Davenport, United States
The Haile Selassie Funeral Train

Isak Dinesen, Denmark
The Cloak

E. L. Doctorow, United States
The Hunter

Stanley Elkin United States
I Look Out for Ed Wolfe

Richard Ford, United States

Carlos Fuentes, Mexico
The Doll Queen

Mavis Gallant, Canada
The Chosen Husband

William Gass, United States
Order of Insects

Natalia Ginzburg, Italy
The Mother

Nadine Gordimer, South Africa
The Life of the Imagination

Graham Greene, England
Two Gentle People

Wolfgang Hildesheimer, Germany
Why I Transformed Myself into a Nightingale

Yasunari Kawabata, Japan
One Arm

Milan Kundera, Czechoslovakia
Let the Old Dead Make Room for the Young Dead

Tommaso Landolfi, Italy
Gogol's Wife

Doris Lessing, England
The Habit of Loving

Mario Vargas Llosa, Peru
The Challenge

Naguib Mahfouz, Egypt
The Conjurer Made Off with the Dish

Bernard Malamud, United States
The Last Mohican

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Colombia
Eyes of a Blue Dog

William Maxwell, United States
The Pilgrimage

Ian McEwan, England
First Love, Last Rites

Leonard Michaels, United States
The Deal

Yukio Mishima, Japan

Alberto Moravia, Italy

Mohammed Mrabet, Morocco
Doctor Safi

Vladimir Nabokov, Russia
Spring in Fialta

R. K. Narayan, India

Joyce Carol Oates, United States
The Tryst

Edna O'Brien, Ireland
Sister Imelda

Flannery O'Connor, United States
The Artificial Nigger

Frank O'Connor, Ireland
A Set of Variations on a Borrowed Theme

Amos Oz, Israel
Nomad and Viper

Cynthia Ozick, United States
The Suitcase

Grace Paley, United States
The Contest

Cesare Pavese, Italy

V. S. Pritchett, England
The Saint

James Purdy, United States

Alain Robbe-Grillet, France
The Replacement

Mercè Rodoreda, Spain

Leon Rooke, Canada
In the Garden

Juan Rulfo, Mexico

Nathalie Sarraute, France

Isaac Bashevis Singer, Poland
Henne Fire

Susan Sontag, United States
Unguided Tour

Jean Stafford, United States
Children Are Bored on Sunday

Peter Taylor, United States
A Friend and Protector

Michael Tournier, France
Death and the Maiden

William Trevor, Ireland
Beyond the Pale

John Updike, United States

Luisa Valenzuela, Argentina
I'm Your Horse in the Night

Eudora Welty, United States
No Place For You, My Love

Patrick White, Australia

Tobias Wolff, United States
Hunters in the Snow

Richard Wright, United States
Big Black Good Man

Richard Yates, United States
The Best of Everything

Biographical Notes

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