The Oxford Book of English Short Stories

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-05-07
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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From Anthony Trollope, Charles Dickens, and Thomas Hardy, through Rudyard Kipling, H.G. Wells, D.H. Lawrence, and Virginia Woolf, right up to Graham Greene, J.G. Ballard, Angela Carter, Ian McEwan, and many others, The Oxford Book of English Short Stories encompasses comedy and tragedy, farce and delicacy, elegance and the grotesque. Edited by noted novelist A.S. Byatt, the thirty-seven stories gathered here range from social realism to surreal fantasy, from rural poverty to war-blitzed London, from tales of the supernatural to precise delineations of the mundane, all unified by Byatt's demanding criteria that the works be both "startling and satisfying, and if possible make the hairs on the neck prickle with excitement, aesthetic or narrative." For short story lovers and anyone unable to resist the enchantments of the English imagination, The Oxford Book of Short Stories offers a wide array of unforgettable pleasures, now reissued with a fresh, contemporary feel.

Table of Contents

The Sacristan of St Botolph
The Haunted House
Relics of General Chasse, A Tale of Antwerp
A Mere Interlude
Little Brother
Two Doctors
Behind the Shade
Under the Knife
A White Night
The Toys of Peace
The Tremendous Adventures of Major Brown
Some Talk of Alexander
The Reverent Wooing of Archibald
Solid Objects
The Man who Loved Islands
A Tragedy in Green
A Widow's Quilt
Nuns at Luncheon
Landlord of the Crystal Fountain
On the Edge of the Cliff
A Dream of Winter
An Englishman's Home
The Destructors
The Waterfall
The Troll
The Blush
At Hiruharama
My Flannel Knickers
Enoch's Two Letters
Dream Cargoes
My Story
The Kiss
The Beauty of the Dawn Shift Ian Mc
Solid Geometry
Dead Languages
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