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The Longman Anthology of Short Fiction provides a comprehensive survey of the short story encompassing a rich global and historical mix in a way readers find accessible, engaging, and relevant. The selections present a diverse mix of classic, contemporary, and new voices. A unique feature, "Fact into Fiction" presents the factual account that inspired selected authors to write a particular work. For anyone interested in fiction.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801331596
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 12/20/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1952
  • Product dimensions: 6.87 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 2.12 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Authors.

I. INTRODUCTION.

The Art of the Short Story.

II. ORIGINS OF THE SHORT STORY.

Myth.

Traditional, Roman, Pygmalion and Galatea (From Ovid's Metamorphosis as retold by Edith Hamilton).

Traditional, African-American, How the Snake Got Poison (Collected by Zora Neale Hurston).

Fable.

AESOP, GREEK, The North Wind and the Sun.

BIDPAI, INDIAN, The Camel and His Friends (From the Panchatantra).

Parable.

CHUANG TZU, CHINESE, Independence.

LUKE, SYRIAN, The Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32, King James Version).

Folk Tale.

JAKOB AND WILHELM GRIMM, GERMAN, The Three Feathers (From German Folk Tales).

Anonymous, ARABIC, The Donkey (From The Thousand And One Nights.)

Legend.

BROTHER UGOLINO, ITALIAN, St. Francis and the Wolf of Gubbio.

MARTIN BUBER, ISRAELI, born in Austria, The Careless Rabbi.

Novella or Nouvelle.

GIOVANNI BOCCACCIO, ITALIAN, The Pot of Basil (From The Decameron).

MARGARITE DE NAVARRE, FRENCH, The One-Eyed Servant and his Wife (From The Heptameron).

III. STORIES.

CHINUA ACHEBE, NIGERIAN.

Civil Peace.

Dead Men's Path.

Author's Perspective: Achebe: Modern Africa as the Crossroads of Culture.

SHERWOOD ANDERSON, AMERICAN.

The Egg.

Hands.

Author's Perspective: Anderson on Words Not Plot Give Form to a Short Story.

ANJANA APPACHANA, INDIAN.

The Prophecy.

MAX APPLE, AMERICAN.

Vegetable Love.

MARGARET ATWOOD, CANADIAN.

Happy Endings.

Rape Fantasies.

Author's Perspective: Atwood on the Canadian Identity.

JAMES BALDWIN, AMERICAN.

Sonny's Blues.

Author's Perspective: Baldwin on Race and the African-American Writer.

J. G. BALLARD, ENGLISH, Born In China,.

Time of Passage.

JOHN BARTH, AMERICAN.

Night Sea-Journey.

DONALD BARTHELME, AMERICAN.

The Indian Uprising.

ANN BEATTIE, AMERICAN.

Janus.

AMBROSE BIERCE, American.

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.

HEINRICH BÖLL, GERMAN.

Action Will Be Taken.

JORGE LUIS BORGES, ARGENTINE.

The Library of Babel.

The Garden of Forking Paths.

The Gospel According to Mark.

Author's Perspective: Borges on Literature as Experience.

T. CORAGHESSAN BOYLE, AMERICAN.

Greasy Lake.

RAY BRADBURY, AMERICAN.

The Veldt.

ROBERT OLEN BUTLER, AMERICAN.

Preparation.

ITALO CALVINO, ITALIAN.

Adam, One Afternoon.

Author's Perspective: Calvino on Myth Is the Hidden Part of Every Story.

ALBERT CAMUS, FRENCH, Born in Algeria.

The Guest.

Author's Perspective: Camus on Revolution and Repression in Algeria.

TRUMAN CAPOTE, AMERICAN.

Children on Their Birthdays.

Author's Perspective: Capote on the Technique of the Short Story.

ANGELA CARTER, ENGLISH.

The Loves of Lady Purple.

Author's Perspective: Carter on the Fairy Tale.

RAYMOND CARVER, AMERICAN.

Cathedral.

A Small Good Thing.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.

Author's Perspective: Carver on "Commonplace but Precise Language."

WILLA CATHER, AMERICAN.

Paul's Case.

Author's Perspective: Cather on Art as the Process of Simplification.

RAYMOND CHANDLER, AMERICAN.

Red Wind.

Author's Perspective: Chandler on Crime Fiction.

FRED CHAPPELL, AMERICAN.

Ancestors.

JOHN CHEEVER, AMERICAN.

The Five-Forty-Eight.

The Swimmer.

Author's Perspective: Cheever on Why I Write Short Stories.

ANTON CHEKHOV, RUSSIAN.

The Lady with the Pet Dog.

Misery.

An Upheaval.

Author's Perspective: Chekhov on Natural Description and "The Center of Gravity."

KATE CHOPIN, AMERICAN.

The Storm.

The Story of an Hour.

SANDRA CISNEROS, AMERICAN.

Barbie-Q.

ARTHUR C. CLARKE, BRITISH, Resident Sri Lanka, The Nine Billion Names of God.

JOSEPH CONRAD, POLISH, Naturalized British.

The Secret Sharer.
Author's Perspective: Conrad on the Condition of Art.

JULIO CORATZAR, ARGENTINE.

Blow-up.

STEPHEN CRANE, AMERICAN.

The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky.

The Open Boat.

ISAK DINESEN, DANISH.

Sorrow-Acre.

THOMAS DISCH, AMERICAN.

The Man Who Read a Book.

Author's Perspective: Disch on Science Fiction, Youth Culture, and the Future.

ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE, SCOTTISH.

The Adventure of the Speckled Band.

ANDRE DUBUS, AMERICAN.

A Father's Story.

Author's Perspective: Dubus on Religious Fiction.

RALPH ELLISON, AMERICAN.

A Party Down at the Square.

Author's Perspective: Ellison on Race and Fiction.

LOUISE ERDRICH, AMERICAN.

The Red Convertible.

WILLIAM FAULKNER, AMERICAN.

Barn Burning.

Red Leaves.

A Rose for Emily.

Author's Perspective: Faulkner on "The Human Heart in Conflict with Itself."

FENG JICAI, CHINESE.

The Street-Sweeping Show.

F. SCOTT FITZGERALD, AMERICAN.

Babylon Revisited.

Author's Perspective: Fitzgerald on from the Jazz Age to the Great Depression.

GUSTAVE FLAUBERT, FRENCH.

A Simple Heart.

Author's Perspective: Flaubert on the Labor of Style.

CARLOS FUENTES, MEXICAN.

The Doll Queen.

Author's Perspective: Fuentes on Mexico, the United States, and the Multicultural Future.

MAVIS GALLANT, CANADIAN.

1933.

GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ, COLOMBIAN.

Artificial Roses.

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings.

TIM GAUTREAUX, AMERICAN.

Died and Gone to Vegas.

DAGOBERTO GILB, AMERICAN.

Look on the Bright Side.

CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMAN (1860-1935), AMERICAN.

The Yellow Wallpaper.

NIKOLAI GOGOL, RUSSIAN.

The Overcoat.

NADINE GORDIMER, SOUTH AFRICAN.

A Company of Laughing Faces.

Author's Perspective: Gordimer on How the Short Story Differs from the Novel.

BRET HARTE, AMERICAN.

The Outcasts of Poker Flat.

NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, AMERICAN.

Young Goodman Brown.

The Birthmark.

Author's Perspective: Hawthorne on the Public Failure of His Early Stories.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY, AMERICAN.

Big Two-Hearted River, Part I and Part II.

Author's Perspective: Hemingway on One True Sentence.

O. HENRY WILLIAM SIDNEY PORTER, AMERICAN.

The Last Leaf.

ZORA NEALE HURSTON, AMERICAN.

The Gilded Six-Bits.

Sweat.

KAZUO ISHIGURO, JAPANESE, Naturalized British.

A Family Supper.

SHIRLEY JACKSON (1919-1965), AMERICAN.

The Lottery.

HENRY JAMES, AMERICAN.

The Real Thing.

Author's Perspective: James on the Mirror of a Consciousness.

GISH JEN, AMERICAN.

In the American Society.

SARAH ORNE JEWETT, AMERICAN.

A White Heron.

JAMES JOYCE, IRISH.

Araby.

The Dead.

Eveline.

Author's Perspective: Joyce on Epiphanies.

FRANZ KAFKA, AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN.

Before the Law.

A Hunger Artist.

The Metamorphosis.

Author's Perspective: Kafka on Discussing the Metamorphosis.

JAMAICA KINCAID, ANTIGUAN, Naturalized American.

Girl.

RUDYARD KIPLING, ENGLISH.

"They."

MILAN KUNDERA, CZECH, Naturalized French.

Let the Old Dead Make Room for the Young Dead.

D. H. LAWRENCE, ENGLISH.

Odour of Chrysanthemums.

The Rocking-Horse Winner.

The Horse Dealer's Daughter.

Author's Perspective: Lawrence on the Novel Is the Bright Book of Life.

URSULA K. LE GUIN, AMERICAN.

The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas.

Author's Perspective: Le Guin on "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas."

DORIS LESSING, RHODESIAN, Naturalized British.

The Day Stalin Died.

A Woman on a Roof.

CLARICE LISPECTOR, Brazilian.

Love.

RALPH LOMBREGLIA, AMERICAN.

Jungle Video.

Author's Perspective: Lombreglia on Creating "Jungle Video."

JACK LONDON, AMERICAN.

To Build A Fire.

LU XUN LU HSUN, CHINESE.

A Little Incident.

JOAQUIM MACHADO DE ASSIS, Brazilian.

Midnight Mass.

BERNARD MALAMUD, AMERICAN.

Angel Levine.

KATHERINE MANSFIELD, New Zealander.

Miss Brill.

Bliss.

The Garden-Party.

Author's Perspective: Mansfield on "The Garden-Party."

BOBBIE ANN MASON, AMERICAN.

Shiloh.

GUY DE MAUPASSANT, FRENCH.

The Necklace.

Mother Savage.

Author's Perspective: Maupassant on the Realist Method.

HERMAN MELVILLE, AMERICAN.

Benito Cereno.

SUSAN MINOT, AMERICAN.

Lust.

YUKIO MISHIMA, JAPANESE.

Patriotism.

LORRIE MOORE, AMERICAN.

How to Become a Writer.

BHARATI MUKHERJEE, Indian, Naturalized American.

The Management of Grief.

ALICE MUNRO, CANADIAN.

How I Met My Husband.

Author's Perspective: Munro on How I Write Short Stories.

VLADIMIR NABOKOV, RUSSIAN, Naturalized American.

Cloud, Castle, Lake.

R. K. NARAYAN, INDIAN.

Trail of the Green Blazer.

JOYCE CAROL OATES, AMERICAN.

In the Region of Ice.

Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

Author's Perspective: Oates on Productivity and the Critics.

TIM O'BRIEN, AMERICAN.

The Things They Carried.

FLANNERY O'CONNOR, AMERICAN.

Good Country People.

A Good Man Is Hard to Find.

Revelation.

Author's Perspective: O'Connor on the Element of Suspense in "A Good Man Is Hard to Find."

FRANK O'CONNOR, IRISH.

Guests of the Nation.

TILLIE OLSEN, AMERICAN.

I Stand Here Ironing.

Author's Perspective: Olsen on Women's Silence.

GRACE PALEY, AMERICAN.

A Conversation with My Father.

OCTAVIO PAZ, MEXICAN.

My Life with the Wave.

JAYNE ANNE PHILLIPS, AMERICAN.

Blind Girls.

EDGAR ALLAN POE, AMERICAN.

The Fall of the House of Usher.

The Purloined Letter.

The Tell-Tale Heart.

Author's Perspective: Poe on the Tale and Its Effect.

KATHERINE ANNE PORTER, AMERICAN.

The Jilting of Granny Weatherall.

Flowering Judas.

PHILIP ROTH, AMERICAN.

The Conversion of the Jews.

LESLIE MARMON SILKO, AMERICAN.

The Man to Send Rain Clouds.

GEORGES SIMENON, BELGIAN.

Inspector Maigret Pursues.

ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER, Yiddish (born in Poland) Naturalized American.

Gimpel the Fool.

Author's Perspective: Singer on the Character of Gimpel.

JOHN STEINBECK, AMERICAN.

The Chrysanthemums.

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON, SCOTTISH.

The Bottle Imp.

ELIZABETH TALLENT, AMERICAN.

No One's a Mystery.

AMY TAN, AMERICAN.

A Pair of Tickets.

Author's Perspective: Tan on Setting the Voice.

LEO TOLSTOY, RUSSIAN.

The Death of Ivan Ilych.

The Three Hermits.

JEAN TOOMER, AMERICAN.

Esther.

WILLIAM TREVOR, Irish, British Resident.

The Distant Past.

MARK TWAIN (SAMUEL LANGHORNE CLEMENS), AMERICAN.

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.

Author's Perspective: Twain on the Lazy Method of Writing.

JOHN UPDIKE, AMERICAN.

Separating.

Author's Perspective: Updike on Why Write?

GUY VANDERHAEGHE, CANADIAN.

Going to Russia.

ALICE WALKER, AMERICAN.

Everyday Use.

Author's Perspective: Walker on the Black Woman Writer in America.

EUDORA WELTY, AMERICAN.

Petrified Man.

Why I Live at the P.O.

Author's Perspective: Welty on the Plot of the Short Story.

EDITH WHARTON, AMERICAN.

Roman Fever.

OSCAR WILDE, IRISH.

The Happy Prince.

Author's Perspective: Wilde on the Aim of Art.

TOBIAS WOLFF, AMERICAN.

In the Garden of the North American Martyrs.

VIRGINIA WOOLF, ENGLISH.

A Haunted House.

Author's Perspective: Woolf on Women and Fiction.

RICHARD WRIGHT, AMERICAN, Naturalized French.

The Man Who Was Almost a Man.

IV. CRITICISM AND SOURCES.

Fact into Fiction: Historical and Biographical Sources.
ON RAYMOND CARVER'S "CATHEDRAL."

Tess Gallagher, The Origins of "Cathedral."

Tom Jenks, The Origins of "Cathedral."
ON JOSEPH CONRAD'S "THE SECRET SHARER."

The Trial of Sidney Smith.

The Sentencing of Sidney Smith.
ON STEPHEN CRANE'S "THE OPEN BOAT."

Stephen Crane, The Sinking of the Commodore.
ON RALPH ELLISON'S "A PARTY DOWN AT THE SQUARE."

James Weldon Johnson, Lynching in Tennessee.
ON CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMAN'S "THE YELLOW WALLPAPER."

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, "Why I Wrote 'The Yellow Wallpaper.'"
ON ZORA NEALE HURSTON'S "SWEAT."

Zora Neale Hurston, Eatonville When You Look at It.
ON JACK LONDON'S "TO BUILD A FIRE."

Jack London, London Defends the Factuality of "To Build a Fire."
ON HERMAN MELVILLE'S "BENITO CERENO."

Amasa Delano, Particulars of the Capture of the Spanish Ship Tryal.
ON JOYCE CAROL OATES'S "WHERE ARE YOU GOING, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?"

Don Moser, The Pied Piper of Tucson: He Cruised in a Golden Car, Looking for the Action.
ON TIM O'BRIEN'S "THE THINGS THEY CARRIED."

Tim O'Brien, Alpha Company.
ON FLANNERY O'CONNOR'S "A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND."

J. O. Tate, A Good Source Is Not so Hard to Find: the Real Life Misfit.
ON LESLIE MARMON SILKO'S "THE MAN TO SEND RAIN CLOUDS."

Leslie Marmon Silko, It's Based upon Something Vaguely Similar.

ON AMY TAN'S "A PAIR OF TICKETS."

Curt Schleier, Amy Tan's Unknown Chinese Family.

Critical Approaches to Fiction.
Formalist Criticism.

Cleanth Brooks, The Formalist Critic.

Michael Clark, Light and Darkness in "Sonny's Blues."
Biographical Criticism.

Virginia Llewellyn Smith, Chekhov's Attitude to Romantic Love.

Jeffrey Meyers, Biographical Background to "Babylon Revisited."
Historical Criticism.

Seamus Deane, Joyce's Vision of Dublin.

John King, The Argentinean Context of Borges's Fantastic Fiction.
Psychological Criticism.

Sigmund Freud, The Destiny of Oedipus.

Daniel Hoffman, The Father-Figure in "The Tell-Tale Heart."
Mythological Criticism.

Northrop Frye, Mythic Archetypes.

Edmond Volpe, Myth in Faulkner's "Barn Burning."
Sociological Criticism.

Georg Lukacs, Content Determines Form.

Daniel P. Watkins, Money and Labor in "The Rocking-Horse Winner."
Gender Criticism.

Elaine Showalter, Toward a Feminist Poetics.

Juliann Fleenor, Gender and Pathology in "The Yellow Wallpaper."
Reader-Response Criticism.

Stanley Fish, An Eskimo "A Rose for Emily."

Robert H. Brinkmeyer Jr., Flannery O'Connor and Her Readers.
Deconstructionist Criticism.

Roland Barthes, The Death of the Author.

Barbara Johnson, Rigorous Unreliability.
Cultural Studies.

Vincent B. Leitch, Poststructuralist Cultural Critique.

Mark Bauerlein, What is Cultural Studies?

V. APPENDICES.

A History of the Short Story.

The Elements of Short Fiction.

Writing About Fiction.

Acknowledgments.

Listing of Stories by Narrative Form and Genre.

Glossary of Literary Terms.

Chronological Listing of Authors.

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