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The World's Greatest Short Stories [Paperback]

James Daley
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April 28 2006 0486447162 978-0486447162
Wonderfully wide-ranging and enjoyable, this outstanding collection features short stories by great 19- and 20th-century writers from America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Western Europe.
Included are Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place," in which two waiters and a lonely customer in a Spanish cafe confront the concept of nothingness; "A & P," John Updike's most anthologized story and one of his most popular; "Borges and I," typical Jorge Luis Borges — imaginative, philosophical, and mysterious; as well as short masterpieces by Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov, Herman Melville, Thomas Mann, Guy de Maupassant, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, D. H. Lawrence, and ten other great writers.
Prime examples of the classic short story, these enduring literary treasures will be invaluable to students and teachers as well as to anyone who appreciates the finely turned tale.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite edifying! March 1 2013
By dustin
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Great stuff. An excellent read for writers learning to encapsulate a meaningful read in under 10 pages or so. Pretty good accumulation of stories, all from famous writers around the world. I would suggest combining the with 50 great short stories, by Milton Crane.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great May 29 2014
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I love short stories. I have not yet read anything but the table of contents reads like a who's who of literature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great value short story collection Sept. 18 2010
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Dover books are unsurpassed for economy and content - $3.50 for a collection of 20 stories from all over the world within the past two centuries. Would be a great teaching resource, as many of these stories are used in curricula for middle/high school and college. Table of contents lists author, country of origin and year written. Relatively diverse selection of authors, but also includes standard anthology fare like Hemingway and Woolf. Stories included:

Bartleby the Scrivener (1853, Melville)
The Necklace (1884, de Maupassant)
The Death of Ivan Ilyich (1886, Tolstoy)
The Man Who Would Be King (1888, Kipling)
The Yellow Wallpaper (1892, C.P. Gilman)
The Fortune-Teller (1896, Machado de Assis)
The Lady with the Toy Dog (1899, Chekhov)
How Old Timofei Died with a Song (1900, Rilke)
The Path to the Cemetery (1901, Mann)
The Prussian Officer (1914, D.H. Lawrence)
Araby (1914, Joyce)
Mrs. Frola and Mr. Ponza, Her Son-in-Law (1917, Pirandello)
The Mark on the Wall (1921, Woolf)
A Hunger Artist (1922, Kafka)
The Garden-Party (1922, Mansfield)
The Grasshopper and the Bell Cricket (1924, Kawabata)
A Clean, Well-Lighted Place (1926, Hemingway)
The Sacrifical Egg (1959, Achebe)
A & P (1961, Updike)
Borges and I (1962, Borges)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection for those quick moments on a train, bus, or plane. June 23 2011
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It is always worthwhile to keep a few paperback short story collections at hand to pop into a purse or carry-on bag. This collection is very good: diverse, well chosen, and memorable. These Dover Thrift Books are a great bargain as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars World's Greatest Short Stories Nov. 24 2012
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This book is full of wonderful and new stories that I would not have become acquainted with if it were not for this book. Well written with different views and styles brought together by the compilation of short stories from all over the world, this was a very enjoyable book and I would gladly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Behold the Best Sept. 29 2011
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The quality of the the stories selected for this work is very high. Short stories are ubiqitous enough but a superior collection like this is rare, indeed. The strengths of each author are evident. Each presents a new world for the reader to walk through. The contest between the Prussian Captain and the soldier is exciting as well as grotesque. Are we rooting for one or the other? Does Kafka's hunger artist cause sympathy or revulsion in the reader? Are we secretly happy to see the hunger artist die? And did you ask yourself, Do we not get what we deserve, when reading The Necklace? There are so many things we read that are less than satisfying. For me The World's Greatest Short Stories is not one of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story telling Oct. 4 2011
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I am an indie author whose published fiction short stories (available via Amazon, Apple iTunes, Kobo and Sony). I ordered this book, to hone my fiction writing skills.

This book is a collection of the best short stories from Europe and America. The stories are masterfully told and they represent writing at its best. The tales are melancholic, but the narration is superb. If you enjoy short stories, then you would appreciate the fine art of storytelling which is excellently demonstrated through this collection.

This low cost thrift edition is a Godsend, for those who seek good literature at low prices.
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