The Story and Its Writer

The Story and Its Writer

by Ann Charters

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The Story and Its Writer by Ann Charters

During her many years of teaching introduction to fiction courses, Ann Charters developed an acute sense of which stories work most effectively in the classroom. She also discovered that writers, not editors, have the most interesting and useful things to say about the making and the meaning of fiction. Accordingly, her choice of fiction in the first edition of her The Story and Its Writer was as notable for its student appeal as it was for its quality and range. And to complement these stories, she introduced a lasting innovation: an array of the writers' own commentaries on the craft and traditions of the short story. In subsequent editions her sense of what works was confirmed as the book evolved into the most comprehensive, diverse -- and bestselling -- introduction to fiction anthology. Instructors rely on Ann Charters' ability to assemble an authoritative and teachable anthology, and anticipate each edition's selection of new writers and stories.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312397302
Publisher: MacMillan Higher Education
Publication date: 09/28/2002
Edition description: Older Edition

About 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 recent 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.



Date of Birth:

November 10, 1936

Place of Birth:

Bridgeport, Connecticut


B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1957; M.A., Columbia University, 1959; Ph.D., 1965

Table of Contents

    Chinua Achebe, Civil Peace
    Sherman Alexie, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
    Woody Allen, The Kugelmass Episode
   *Isabelle Allende, An Act of Vengeance
    Sherwood Anderson, Death in the Woods
    Sherwood Anderson, Hands
    Margaret Atwood, Happy Endings
    James Baldwin, Sonny's Blues
    Toni Cade Bambara, The Lesson
    Russell Banks, Black Man and White Woman in Dark Green Rowboat
    John Barth, Lost in the Funhouse
   * Donald Barthelme, The Indian Uprising
   * Ann Beattie, Snow
   *Gina Berriault, The Overcoat
    Ambrose Bierce, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
   *Jorge Luis Borges, The Circular Ruins
    Tadeusz Borowski, This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen
   *T. Corraghesan Boyle, Greasy Lake
   *Ray Bradbury, August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains
    Albert Camus, The Guest
   *Raymond Carver, Cathedral
   *Raymond Carver, Errand
    Raymond Carver, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
    Willa Cather, Paul's Case
    John Cheever, The Swimmer
    Anton Chekhov, The Darling [Garnett translation]
    Anton Chekhov, The Lady with the Little Dog
    Kate Chopin, Désirée's Baby
    Kate Chopin, The Story of an Hour
    Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street
    Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
    Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
    Julio Cortázar, A Continuity of Parks
    Stephen Crane, The Open Boat
    Edwidge Danticat, Night Women
   *Junot Diaz, How to Date A Browngirl, Blackgirl, Whitegirl, or Halfie
   *Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Mrs. Dutta Writes a Letter
    Ralph Ellison, Battle Royal
    Louise Erdrich, The Red Convertible
    William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily
    William Faulkner, That Evening Sun
    F. Scott Fitzgerald, Babylon Revisited
    Gustave Flaubert, A Simple Heart
   *Richard Ford, Under the Radar
    Gabriel García Márquez, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper
    Nikolai Gogol, The Overcoat
   *Nadine Gordimer, Some Are Born to Sweet Delight
   *Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Minister's Black Veil
    Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown
     Bessie Head, Woman from America
    Ernest Hemingway, Hills Like White Elephants
   *Oscar Hijuelos, Lunch at the Biltmore
    Zora Neale Hurston, The Gilded Six-Bits
    Zora Neale Hurston, Spunk
    Zora Neale Hurston, Sweat
    Washington Irving, Rip Van Winkle
    Shirley Jackson, The Lottery
    Henry James, The Real Thing
    Gish Jen, Whose Irish?
    Sarah Orne Jewett, A White Heron
   *Ha Jin, Saboteur
   *Denis Johnson, Car Crash While Hitchhiking
    James Joyce, Araby
    James Joyce, The Dead
    Franz Kafka, A Hunger Artist
    Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis
    Jamaica Kincaid, Girl
   *Jhumpa Lahiri, When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine
    Mary Lavin, The Widow's Son
    D. H. Lawrence, Odour of Chrysanthemums
    D. H. Lawrence, The Rocking-Horse Winner
   *David Leavitt, Gravity
    Ursula K. Le Guin, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas
    Doris Lessing, Sunrise on the Veld
    Clarice Lispector, The Smallest Woman in the World
    Jack London, To Build a Fire
    Katherine Mansfield, Bliss
   *Katherine Mansfield, The Fly
     Bobbie Ann Mason, Shiloh
    Guy de Maupassant, The Necklace
    Herman Melville, Bartleby, the Scrivener
   *Arthur Miller, The Performance
   *Steven Millhauser, Cat ‘N' Mouse
   *Nicholasa Mohr, Tell the Truth
    Rick Moody, Boys
    Lorrie Moore, How to Become a Writer
    Bharati Mukherjee, The Management of Grief
   *Alice Munro, Miles City, Montana
   *Haruki Murakami, Landscape with Flatiron
   *Joyce Carol Oates, The Lady with the Pet Dog
   *Joyce Carol Oates, Three Girls
    Joyce Carol Oates, Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?
    Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried
    Flannery O'Connor, Everything That Rises Must Converge
    Flannery O'Connor, Good Country People
    Flannery O'Connor, A Good Man Is Hard to Find
    Frank O'Connor, Guests of the Nation
    Tillie Olsen, I Stand Here Ironing
    Cynthia Ozick, The Shawl
   *ZZ Packer, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
    Grace Paley, A Conversation with My Father
    Octavio Paz, My Life with the Wave
    Edgar Allan Poe, The Cask of Amontillado
    Edgar Allan Poe, The Fall of the House of Usher
    Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart
    *Katherine Anne Porter, He
   *William Sidney Porter (O. Henry), The Gift of the Magi
    Annie Proulx, The Blood Bay
   *Alifa Rifaat, Distant View of a Minaret
    Philip Roth, The Conversion of the Jews
   *George Saunders, Brad Carrigan, American
    Leslie Marmon Silko, Yellow Woman
   *Helen Simpson, Café Society
    Susan Sontag, The Way We Live Now
    Gertrude Stein, Miss Furr and Miss Skeene
    John Steinbeck, The Chrysanthemums
   *Susan Straight, Mines
    Amy Tan, Two Kinds
    Leo Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilych
    Jean Toomer, Blood Burning Moon
    John Updike, A & P
   *Luisa Valenzuela, The Place of Its Quietude
    Helena Maria Viramontes, The Moths
    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Harrison Bergeron
    Alice Walker, Everyday Use
   *David Foster Wallace, Incarnation of Burned Children
    Eudora Welty, Why I Live at the P.O.
    Eudora Welty, A Worn Path
    Edith Wharton, Roman Fever
    John Edgar Wideman, newborn thrown in trash and dies
    William Carlos Williams, The Use of Force
   *Tobias Wolff, Say Yes
    Virginia Woolf, Kew Gardens
    Richard Wright, The Man Who Was Almost a Man
   *Gao Xingjian, The Accident
    Hisaye Yamamoto, Wilshire Bus

    Chinua Achebe, An Image of Africa: Conrad's Heart of Darkness
   *Sherman Alexie, Superman and Me
    Paula Gunn Allen, Whirlwind Man Steals Yellow Woman
   *Isabel Allende, Short Stories by Latin American Women
    Sherwood Anderson, Form, Not Plot, in the Short Story
    Margaret Atwood, Reading Blind
    James Baldwin, Autobiographical Notes
    Russell Banks, Author's Note
    Willa Cather, The Stories of Katherine Mansfield
   *Ann Charters, Translating Kafka
    Anton Chekov, Technique in Writing the Short Story
    John Cheever, Why I Write Short Stories
    Kate Chopin, How I Stumbled upon Maupassant
    Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), Private History of "The Jumping Frog" Story
    Robert Coles, Tillie Olsen: The Iron and the Riddle
   *Julio Cortazar, On the Short Story and Its Environs
    Stephen Crane, The Sinking of the Commodore
    Ralph Ellison, The Influence of Folklore on Battle Royal
    Richard Ellmann, A Biographical Perspective on Joyce's The Dead
    William Faulkner, The Meaning of "A Rose for Emily"
    Richard Ford, Why We Like Chekov
    Carlos Fuentes, Mexico, The United States, and the Multicultural Future
   *Gabriel Garcia Marquez- The Challenge
    Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar, A Feminist Reading of Gilman's" The Yellow Wallpaper"
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Undergoing the Cure for Nervous Prostration
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Why I Wrote "The Yellow Wallpaper"
    Janice H. Harris, Levels of Meaning in Lawrence's "The Rocking-Horse Winner"
    Washington Irving, Washington Irving, Letter to Henry Brevoort, December 11, 1824
    Shirley Jackson, The Morning of June 28, 1948, and "The Lottery"
    Henry James, The Genesis of "The Real Thing"
    Gustav Janouch, Kafka's View of The Metamorphosis
   *Gish Jen, On Ethnicity and Writing
    Sarah Orne Jewett, Looking Back on Girlhood
    James Weldon Johnson, Lynching in Tennessee
    Jamaica Kincaid, On "Girl"
    D. H. Lawrence, Draft Passage from "Odour of Chrysanthemums"
    Leslie Lee, Scene from the Screenplay of Almos' a Man
    Ursula K. Le Guin, The Scapegoat in Omelas
    Jack London, Jack London, Letter to the Editor on "To Build a Fire"
    Katherine Mansfield, Review of Woolf's "Kew Gardens"
    Bobbie Ann Mason, On Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried"
    Guy de Maupassant, The Writer's Goal
    Herman Melville, Blackness in Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown
   *Louis Menand, True Story: The Art of Short Fiction
    J. Hillis Miller, Who Is He? Melville's "Bartleby, the Scrivener"
    Alice Munro, How I Write Short Stories
    Vladimir Nabokov, Gogol's Genius in "The Overcoat"
    Vladimir Nabokov, A Reading of Chekov's "The Lady with the Little Dog"
    J. C. C. Nachtigal, Peter Klaus the Goatherd
    Tim O'Brien, Alpha Company
    Frank O'Connor, The Nearest Thing to Lyric Poetry Is the Short Story
    Frank O'Connor, Style and Form in Joyce's The Dead
    Grace Paley, A Conversation with Ann Charters
    Jay Parini, Lawrence and Steinbeck's "Chrysanthemums"
   *Annie Proulx, Inspiration? Head Down the Back Road, and Stop for the Garage Sales
    Peter Rudy, Tolstoy's Revisions in The Death of Ivan Illych
    Edward Said, The Past and the Present: Joseph Conrad and the Fiction of Autobiography
   *Joan Silber, Long Times in Short Stories, or Why Can't a Story Be More Like a Novel?
    Leslie Marmon Silko, Language and Literature from a Pueblo Indian Perspective
   *Susan Sontag, Writing as Reading
    Amy Tan, In the Canon, For All the Wrong Reasons
    *Leo Tolstoy, Chekov's Intent in "The Darling"
    Lionel Trilling, The Greatness of Conrad's Heart of Darkness
   *Cheryl B. Torsney, "Everyday Use": My Sojourn at Parchman Farm
    John Updike, Kafka and The Metamorphosis
    Eudora Welty, Is Phoenix Jackson's Grandson Really Dead?
    Eudora Welty, Plot and Character in Chekov's "The Darling"
    Edith Wharton, Every Subject Must Contain within Itself Its Own Dimensions
    Richard Wright, Reading Fiction
    Raymond Carver, On Writing
    Raymond Carver, Creative Writing 101
    Raymond Carver, The Ashtray
   *Raymond Carver, On Errand
   *Olga Knipper, Remembering Chekhov
   *Henry Troyat, Chekhov's Last Days
   *Tom Jenks, The Origin of "Cathedral"
    Arthur M. Saltzman, A Reading of What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
    A.O. Scott, Looking for Raymond Carver
    Zora Neale Hurston, How It Feels to Be Colored Me
    Zora Neale Hurston, What White Publishers Won't Print
   *Zora Neale Hurston, Harlem Slanguage
    Robert Bone, A Folkloric Analysis of Hurston's "Spunk" and "The Gilded Six-Bits"
    Rosalie Murphy Baum, The Shape of Hurston's Fiction
    Alice Walker, Zora Neale Hurston: A Cautionary Tale and a Partisan View
    Flannery O'Connor, From Letters 1954-1955
    Flannery O'Connor, Writing Short Stories
    Flannery O'Connor, A Reasonable Use of the Unreasonable
    V. S. Pritchett, Flannery O'Connor: Satan Comes to Georgia
    Robert H. Brinkmeyer, Jr., Flannery O'Connor and Her Readers
    Dorothy Tuck McFarland, On Good Country People
    Wayne C. Booth, A Rhetorical Reading of O'Connor's Everything That Rises Must Converge Sally Fitzgerald, Southern Sources of "A Good Man Is Hard to Find"
   *Joyce Carol Oates, from "Stories that Define Me: The Making of a Writer"
    Joyce Carol Oates, Smooth Talk: Short Story into Film
   *Don Moser, The Pied Piper of Tuscon
   *Matthew C. Brennan, Chekov's and Oates' "Lady with Dog"
   *Publishers Weekly, Review of I Am No One You Know
   *John Schwartz, Oates' I Am No One You Know
    Edgar Allan Poe, The Importance of the Single Effect in a Prose Tale
    D. H. Lawrence, On "The Fall of the House of Usher" and "The Cask of Amontillado"
    Cleanth Brooks and Robert Penn Warren, A New Critical Reading of "The Fall of the House of Usher"
    James W. Gargano, The Question of Poe's Narrators in "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Cask of Amontillado"
    J. Gerald Kennedy, On "The Fall of the House of Usher"
    David S. Reynolds, Poe's Art of Transformation in "The Cask of Amontillado"
    Joan Dayan, Amorous Bondage: Poe, Ladies, and Slaves
    new Scott McCloud, from Understanding Comics
   *Will Eisner, from "Hamlet on a Rooftop"
   * R. Crumb and David Zane Mairowitz, "A Hunger Artist"
   *Art Spiegelman, from Maus
   *Marjane Satrapi, from Persepolis
   *Gilbert Hernandez, "The Mystery Wen"
   * Jiro Taniguchi, "A Blanket of Cherry Blossoms"
   *Lynda Barry, "Two Questions"
   *1. READING SHORT STORIES [includes Grace Paley, "Samuel"]
   * new to this edition

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