50 Great Short Stories Mass Market Paperback – 20 Mar 2012
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"50 Great Short Stories is a comprehensive selection from the world's finest short fiction. The authors
represented range from Hawthorne, Maupassant, and Poe, through Henry James, Conrad, Aldous Huxley, and James Joyce, to Hemingway, Katherine Anne Porter, Faulkner, E.B. White, Saroyan, and O'Connor. The variety in style and subject is enormous, but all these stories have one point in common-the enduring quality of the writing, which places them among the masterpieces of the world's fiction.
About the Author
Milton Crane is Professor Emeritus of English Language and Literature at George Washington University and the University of Chicago. His is the author several books and articles on English literature, as well as the editor of the Bantam anthology, "50 Great American Short Stories."
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a nice mix of well known stories, like Flannery O'Connor's 'A Good Man is hard to Find,' and things I'd not come across before; E.M. Forster's, 'The Other Side of the Fence,' was surprisingly different from any of his novels - more quirky, like a mixture of H.G. Wells and Kafka - an alternative world / sci-fi thing, totally unexpected from Forster.
What I really like about this anotholgoy is that it's opened up my reading. I've come across some writers here that I've not read before but will now explore there work further.
The fifty great short stories of this collection have very different themes and as they are very different, they provide an excellent understanding of the short story genre, its history, and the wide range of subjects and styles used by various writers during the past century.
I have most of these stories in various individual collections in my library, but it is very convenient to have them all in one collection. I also bought this as a gift for a friend, who is just beginning to explore the wonderful world of short stories. As this collection includes some of my favorite stories, like Dorothy Parker's "The Standard of Living" and Poe's "The Masque of Red Death", the gift to my friend is also very special and personal.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well, this book has been a huge disappointment. First of all, I bought this product because it was "fiction". This book does not contain fiction in my opinion. Read morePublished on 27 Jun. 2012 by nemesis
Milton Crane is obviously needs to check what the word "great" mean in the dictionary.These a just a stories and non of them I would've qualified as even interesting. Read morePublished on 16 Mar. 2012 by Snejana Damwell
Honestly, if these are the best short stories they could find I amazed.
They may represent what some high brow reviewers might consider good but I am afraid I found many... Read more