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  • Mass Market Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; Reissue edition (20 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553277456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553277456
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.5 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I borrowed this from the library last weekend and have read about ten of the stories so far. I've already decided to buy a copy though. The stories are varied and really nicely chosen. I was particularly happy to read James Thurber's 'The Catbird Seat.' I'd never read any Thurber but will now definitely look out for more of his stories, he's got this wicked sense of humour that reminded me of Roald Dahl's adult fiction

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.
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This is an excellent collection of short stories from the past hundred years, edited by Milton Crane. It includes short stories by some of the best and most influential English, American and Continental writers, including Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling, Henry James, O Henry, Dorothy Parker, Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Louis Stevenson, Anton Chekhov, and Guy de Maupassant, to name just a few. Emphasis is given on English speaking writers, but the few short stories from non English speaking writes are excellently selected and well translated.

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.
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Some excellent ones, some I didn't really like too much. But a great book to dip into from time to time. I haven't finished it yet though
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I'm not one for judging literature but some of the stories are a bit difficult to follow. Yet I enjoyed many of the others.
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The copy of my book is from 1952 but I'm pretty sure it's the same one so I will review it here. It's difficult to give a star rating to a book with fifty different stories and authors, and it is nearly impossible to describe or rate each one, but as a collection this is a very good and interesting book. I have never read most of the authors in here and have never even heard of several of them. I would say that I enjoyed at least two-thirds of the stories, and was pleasantly surprised to discover so many good writers. It also confirmed my conviction that there were much better writers in this time period, as I can't imagine an editor finding fifty good modern writers to put into a similar collection, but that's just me. I could list my favourites here but I don't think it would help anyone much - let me just say that this is definitely worth checking out.
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