Great American Short Stories (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) From Hawthorne to Hemingway

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-01-06
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble Classics

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Great American Short Stories: From Hawthorne to Hemingwayis part of theBarnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features ofBarnes & Noble Classics: New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriate All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest.Barnes & Noble Classicspulls together a constellation of influences--biographical, historical, and literary--to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Corinne Demas vii
Editor's Note xxix
Afterwords: Two Classic Essays on the Short Story 521(16)
Review of "Twice Told Tales," by Edgar Allan Poe
"The Philosophy of the Short-Story," by Brander Matthews
Biographical Sketches of the Authors 537(6)
For Further Reading 543


With a short story a reader can be totally immersed from start to finish without once having to abandon the fictional world until the story is over. Poe describes the kind of ideal hold a short-story writer can exert on a reader, and it’s not surprising that he would take full advantage of it in his own fiction. It’s not just the reader’s mind that a short-story writer can engage, suggests Poe, but the reader’s soul.
—from the Introduction by Corinne Demas

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