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Paperback 50 Great Short Stories Book

ISBN: 0553142240

ISBN13: 9780553142242

50 Great Short Stories

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This description may be from another edition of this product. 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...

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5 ratings

Bedside reading winner

I keep this book of 50 Great Short Stories by my bed for night reading. All the stories are terrific, the best written in English. I knew that this books was used by universities for writing instruction, as well it should. Few can resist the power of a six page wallop of a story. This box has 50 of them.

Excellent Short Stories

I was looking for an anthology for my class to read; this is the one I chose. There is an excellent cross section of authors and story types.

A Real Gem

I carry my little book everywhere, and when I'm bored, or waiting, or am in need of a bit of wisdom, my book is right there in my purse! It allows me to read great authors at any time...and the stories are usually only four or five pages long! Love it! Joyce, Chekhov, Steinbeck, Poushkin, Hemingway....all there. How can you go wrong....reading these great authors for such a small price. I recommend it highly; then the next time you stop for a coffee, you can get a reading "fix" at the same time. Doesn't matter if you've read the stories before, as a good writer allows you to see something new each time you read it.

Filled with gems

This book is filled with great stories, many of which I first encountered in high school years ago. "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky" is just one of many. This book is great on several levels, but for those who fondly remember great tales that actually had a plot and did something, this is the book for you. The only other collection of stories that I like this much was McCrae's "The Children's Corner"--filled with hilarious, disturbing, and great-plotted stories that will keep you reading into the wee hours. Highly recommended

Five stars only because there's no six-star rating

This is the best collection of the best stories ever written in America. It covers 200 years of fiction including undeniable classics such as "Young Goodman Brown," "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky," and "Soldiers of the Republic," and relatively unknown masterpieces such as "A Dead Issue," by Charles Macomb Flandrau, and "The Meeting Place," by Oliver LaFarge. Writers represented include the well-known and widely-honered (Washington Irving, Jack London, John Steinbeck) and the less-celebrated (Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Robert M. Coates, Seymour Friedgood). Everyone, no matter his or her taste, will find twenty or more of these stories to be among the best they have ever read. Finally, the reader may discover within this volume the doorway to a writer, new to him or her, whose work becomes a lifelong passion.
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