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The Oxford Book of Modern Women's Stories By Patricia Craig

The Oxford Book of Modern Women's Stories by Patricia Craig

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This collection of short stories brings together the best of contemporary women's writing. Its contributors range from Katherine Mansfield and Edith Wharton to Bharati Mukherjee, Alice Munro and Anjana Appachana.

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The Oxford Book of Modern Women's Stories by Patricia Craig

Some of the greatest short stories of the twentieth century have been written by women, yet they are consistently under represented in fiction anthologies. The Oxford Book of Modern Women's Stories aims to redress the balance by bringing together some of the best women's writing from such acclaimed practitioners as Katherine Mansfield and Edith Wharton and more recent work from exciting and innovative authors such as Bharati Mukherjee, Alice Munro and Anjana Appachana. Along the way you will find humour, passion, eccentricity, forcefulness, elan, intellectual vigour, subversion - indeed, every kind of literary expertise from ironic detachment to full-blooded engagement with the issues raised. Every one of the authors represented here has her own, perfectly realized, individual angle of vision, whether it's the zestfulness of Angela Carter, the breathtaking evocations of Eudora Welty, the quirkiness of Paley, or the pungency of Flannery O'Connor. These are writers engaging with many different genres, including the fairy tale, ghost stories, and historical fiction, as well as domestic drama and more abstract introspection. There are examples here of English decorum and American verve - and vice versa - indeed, such an abundance of entertainment and enrichment that no reader will fail to be amused, enthralled, intrigued, or invigorated.

About Patricia Craig

About the Editor:
Patricia Craig is the editor of The Oxford Book of English Detective Stories, The Penguin Book of British Comic Stories, and many other fine anthologies.

Table of Contents

Willa Cather: `Paul's Case'; Edith Wharton: `Afterward'; Caroline Gordon: `Hear the Nightingale Sing'; Catherine Mansfield: `Je Ne Parle Pas Francais'; F.M. Mayor: `Miss De Mannering of Asham'; Katherine Anne Porter: `That Tree'; Elizabeth Bowen: `Look at all Those Roses'; Olivia Manning: `In a Winter Landscape'; Virginia Woolf: `A Legacy'; Eudora Welty: `First Love'; Stevie Smith: Is There Life Beyond the Gravy?'; Mary McCarthy: `Yonder Peasant, Who is He?'; Nadine Gordimer: `Which New Era Would That Be?'; Sylvia Plath: `The Day Mr Prescott Died'; Doris Lessing: `The Day Stalin Died'; Elizabeth Taylor: `The Blush'; Grace Paley: `An Interest in Life'; Christina Stead: `UNO 1945'; Hortense Calisher: `The Rehabilitation of Gineva Leake'; Jean Stafford: `The Tea Time of Stouthearted Ladies'; Muriel Spark: `The House of the Famous Poet'; Flannery O'Connor: `Good Country People'; Sylvia Townsend Warner: `Healthy Landscape With Dormouse'; Edna O'Brien: `Irish Revel'; Cynthia Ozick: `The Butterfly and the Traffic Light'; Joyce Carol Oates: `Scenes of Passion and Despair'; Jane Gardam: `Something to Tell the Girls'; Ruth Prawer Jhabvala: `A Star and Two Girls'; Jean Rhys: `Overture and Beginners Please'; Margaret Atwood: `Hair Jewellery'; Angela Carter: `Puss-in-Boots'; Patricia Highsmith: `The Terrors of Basket Weaving'; Elizabeth Jolley: `The Play Reading'; Fay Weldon: `In the Great War'; Ellen Gilchrist: `Victory Over Japan'; A.S. Byatt: `On the Day that E.M. Forster Died'; Bharati Mukherjee: `A Wife's Story'; Amy Tan: `A Pair of Tickets'; Alice Munro: `Meneseteung'; Anjana Appachana: `The Prophecy'.

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