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The Penguin Book of English Short Stories Editor Christopher Dolley

The Penguin Book of English Short Stories Editor Christopher Dolley

English Short Stories

The Penguin Book of English Short Stories Editor Christopher Dolley

Title:

Penguin Book of English Short Stories

Authors:

Christopher Dolley (Editor), Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Joseph Conrad, Rudyard Kipling, H.G. Wells, W. Somerset Maugham, James Joyce , Virginia Woolf, D.H. Lawrence, Katherine Mansfield, Joyce Cary, Aldoux Huxley, V.S. Pritchett, Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, Angus Wilson

ISBN 10:

0-14-002617-7

ISBN 13:

978-0140026177

Language:

English

Publisher:

Penguin Books

Genre/Subject:

Short Stories

Place of publication:

UK

Year Published:

January 3, 1967

Edition:

1

Binding:

Pocket

Number of Pages:

336

Dimensions (mm):

110 x 20 x 180 mm (5 x 0.8 x 7.7 inches)

Shipping Weight (g):

250 g (8.5 ounces)

Price (SEK):

120

Description:

The Golden Age of the English short story lies from its first wide acceptance in the middle of the nineteenth century until the middle of the twentieth, a period when there were a great many outlets in Britain for shorter fictions.

The Penguin Book of English Short Stories celebrates this period through some of the most widely known writers of the time. Though many of the chosen authors are more generally known for their novels, here they provide some perfect examples of much shorter work.

Each of these concise, evocative, subtle and satisfying stories is a little jewel, providing a small window into another world.

This volume contains sixteen examples of the English short story at its best: immediately captivating and hugely entertaining. Some stories are classics, such as James Joyce's "The Dead"; others - like 'Mr Loveday's "Little Outing" by Evelyn Waugh - are relatively unknown and a joy to discover. The collection also includes Charles Dickens' premonitory tale, "The Signalman" which was inspired by his own horrific experiences in a train crash. Katherine Mansfield's "The Voyage", meanwhile, is a sensual narrative centring on a boat journey and set in her native New Zealand. Virginia Woolf's "Kew Gardens" is different again, dramatically evoking its setting, awash with colour and light. Tragic or comic, traditional or modernist, each and every piece demonstrates perfectly how the short story form can be as engaging and satisfying as a novel, if not more so.

Contents:

Editorial Foreword

7

Acknowledgements

9

Charles Dickens (1812-70)

    The Signalman

11

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

    The Withered Arm

25

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

    An Outpost of Progress

56

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

    At the End of the Passage

82

H. G. Wells (1866-1946)

    The Country of the Blind

103

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

    The Force of Circumstance

129

James Joyce (1882-1941)

    The Dead

157

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

    Kew Gardens

201

D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

    Fanny and Annie

208

Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923)

    The Voyage

224

Joyce Cary (1888-1957)

    The Breakout

233

Aldoux Huxley (1894-1963)

    The Gioconda Smile

251

V. S. Pritchett (1900-1997)

    The Fly in the Ointment

283

Evelyn Waugh (1903-66)

    Mr Loveday's Letter Outing

293

Graham Greene (1904-91)

    Across the Bridge

302

Angus Wilson (1913-91)

    Raspberry Jam

313

 

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