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A World of Fiction 2 Timeless Short Stories

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Newly expanded for high-intermediate readers, A World of Fiction now features 32 unabridged stories ideal for literary analysis, language practice, and lively cross-cultural discussion.


Each chapter in this two-volume anthology is based on a complete short story. The approach to literary exploration calls upon students’ diverse language and critical thinking skills. A World of Fiction guides students through understanding the plot, exploring themes, analyzing style, making judgments and cross-cultural connections, and debating the issues that are explored. Students also examine grammar in context, expand their vocabulary skills, and practice writing.


A World of Fiction 1 includes 16 shorter stories, explanations and exercises designed for high-intermediate and low-advanced readers. Selections include noteworthy authors such as Raymond Carver, Dorothy Parker, Tim O'Brien, and William Saroyan. For more advanced readers, A World of Fiction 2 features an additional 16 selections by renowned writers including James Joyce, Louise Erdrich, Woody Allen, and Alan Paton.


Both books in the series help students sharpen their reading, vocabulary, grammar, and writing skills as they discover the pleasure and reward of reading fiction.



  • Reading selections represent a variety of themes, literary styles, and cultural settings to stimulate student conversation and debate.
  • Extended Vocabulary in Context sections cover idioms, phrasal verbs, and many other areas of vocabulary enrichment.
  • Writing activities include both expository and creative assignments in which students are led to incorporate the language skills featured in the chapter.
  • Expanded Critical Thinking sections encourage students to analyze stories and connect them to their own experience.

Table of Contents



1 Can-Can    Arturo Vivante
    Analyzing Style         Irony
    Grammar in Context    Forms Ending in —ing
    Vocabulary Building     Fixed Expressions with and
                                            Unfamiliar Words


2 The Cranes   Peter Meinke
    Analyzing Style     Inference
                                        Black Humor
    Grammar in Context     Wishes
    Vocabulary Building     Prepositions


3 The Kugelmass Episode    Woody Allen
    Analyzing Style     Dialogue
                                        Flat Characters
    Grammar in Context     The Passive Voice
    Vocabulary Building     Verbs That Introduce Dialogue


4 An Intruder  Nadine Gordimer
    Analyzing Style     Simile and Metaphor
    Grammar in Context     Adjective Clauses
                                            Restrictive and Nonrestrictive Adjective Clauses
    Vocabulary Building       Adjectives





5 Powder   Tobias Wolff
    Analyzing Style     Repetition
    Grammar in Context     Participial Phrases
                                                Dangling Modifiers
                                                Sentence Fragments
    Vocabulary Building     Alliterative Expressions


6 Mother   Grace Paley
    Analyzing Style     Flashback
    Grammar in Context     Past Tenses
    Vocabulary Building     Words in Context


7 Eveline    James Joyce
    Analyzing Style     Imagery
    Grammar in Context     Parallel Structure: Coordinating Conjunctions
                                                Parallel Structure: Correlative Conjunctions
    Vocabulary Building     Descriptive Verbs
                                                Idiomatic Expressions


8 My Oedipus Complex   Frank O’Connor
    Analyzing Style     Humor
    Grammar in Context     Linking Verbs
                                      Phrasal Verbs
    Vocabulary Building     Denotation and Connotation




9 Disappearing   Monica Wood
    Analyzing Style     Ellipsis
    Grammar in Context     Agreement of Pronoun and Antecedent
                                                Indefinite Pronouns
    Vocabulary Building     Dealing with Unfamiliar Words


10 A Pair of Silk Stockings   Kate Chopin
    Analyzing Style     Inference
    Grammar in Context     Reflexive Pronouns
    Vocabulary Building     Collocations with Noncount Nouns


11 Everyday Use   Alice Walker
    Analyzing Style     Round Characters
                                      First-Person Narration
    Grammar in Context     Prepositional Phrases
                                            The Expression Used To
    Vocabulary Building     Phrasal Verbs


12 The Red Convertible    Louise Erdrich
    Analyzing Style     Point of View
    Grammar in Context     Compound Sentences
    Vocabulary Building     Phrasal Verbs with Multiple Meanings




13 EPICAC   Kurt Vonnegut
    Analyzing Style     Personification
    Grammar in Context     Adverbs
                                            Irregular Adverbs
    Vocabulary Building     Confusing Word Pairs
                                            Idioms Containing Body Parts


14 Like A Winding Sheet   Ann Petry
    Analyzing Style     Dialect
    Grammar in Context     Adverbial Clauses
                                            Punctuation of Adverbial Clauses
    Vocabulary Building     Synonyms


15 A Drink in The Passage   Alan Paton
    Analyzing Style     Frame Story
    Grammar in Context     Conditionals
    Vocabulary Building     Prepositions


16 The Catbird Seat   James Thurber
    Analyzing Style     Understatement
    Grammar in Context     Noun Clauses
    Vocabulary Building     Idioms Containing Colors
                                             Legal Vocabulary

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