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The Oxford Book of English Short Stories By Edited by A. S. Byatt

The Oxford Book of English Short Stories
by Edited by A. S. Byatt

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Edited by prize-winning writer and broadcaster A.S. Byatt, this collection of English short stories contains 37 stories selected from the 19th and 20th centuries, ranging from Dickens, Trollope, and Hardy to J. G. Ballard, Angela Carter, and Ian McEwan, as well as earlier English literary writing.
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The Oxford Book of English Short Stories by Edited by A. S. Byatt

Edited by the prize-winning writer and broadcaster A. S. Byatt, The Oxford Book of English Short Stories is the first anthology to specifically take the English short story as its theme. The thirty-seven stories featured here are selected from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, ranging from Dickens, Trollope, and Hardy to J. G. Ballard, Angela Carter, and Ian McEwan, though many draw ingeniously from the richness of earlier English literary writing. There are all sorts of threads of connection and contrast running through these stories. Their subjects vary from the sublime to the ridiculous, from the momentous to the trivial, from the grim to the farcical. There is English empiricism, English pragmatism, English starkness, English humour, English satire, English dandyism, English horror, and English whimsy. There are examples of social realism, from rural poverty to blitzed London; ghost stories and tales of the supernatural; surreal fantasy and science fiction. There are stories of sensibility, precisely delineated, from Hardy's reluctant bride to the shocked heroine of Elizabeth Taylor's The Blush , from H. E. Bates's brilliant fusion of class, sex, death, and landscape, to D. H. Lawrence's exploration of a consciousness slowly detaching itself from its world. There are exuberant stories by Saki and Waugh, Wodehouse and Firbank, with a particularly English range from high irony to pure orchestrated farce. The very range and scope of the collection celebrates the eccentric differences and excellences of English short stories. Some of A. S. This book is intended for general readers, students, and scholars of English literature, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature in particular, also the history of the short story.

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About Edited by A. S. Byatt

A.S. Byatt is a prize-winning novelist, essayist, reviewer, and broadcaster. Her books include Possession, The Matisse Stories, and Angels and Insects.

Table of Contents

William Gilbert - "The Sacristan of St Botolph"; Charles Dickens - "The Haunted House"; Anthony Trollope - "Relics of General Chasse, A Tale of Antwerp"; Thomas Hardy - "A Mere Interlude"; Mary Mann - "Little Brother"; M.R. James - "Two Doctors"; Arthur Morrison - "Behind the Shade"; Rudyard Kipling - "Wireless"; H.G. Wells - "Under the Knife"; Charlotte Mew - "A White Night"; Saki - "The Toys of Peace"; G.K. Chesterton - "The Tremendous Adventures of Major Brown"; A.E. Coppard - "Some Talk of Alexander"; P.G. Wodehouse - "The Reverent Wooing of Archibald"; Virginia Woolf - "Solid Objects"; D.H. Lawrence - "The Man who Loved Islands"; Ronald Firbank - "A Tragedy in Green"; Sylvia Townsend Warner - "A Widow's Quilt"; Aldous Huxley - "Nuns at Luncheon"; Malachi Whitaker - "Landlord of the Crystal Fountain"; V.S. Pritchett - "On the Edge of the Cliff"; Rosamund Lehmann - "A Dream of Winter"; Evelyn Waugh - "An Englishman's Home"; Graham Greene - "The Destructors"; H.E. Bates - "The Waterfall"; T.H. White - "The Troll"; Elizabeth Taylor - "The Blush"; Penelope Fitzgerald - "At Hiruharama"; Leonora Carrington - "My Flannel Knickers"; Alan Sillitoe - "Enoch's Two Letters"; J.G. Ballard - "Dream Cargoes"; John Fuller - "Telephone"; John Fuller - "My Story"; Angela Carter - "The Kiss"; Rose Tremain - "The Beauty of the Dawn Shift"; Ian McEwan - "Solid Geometry"; Philip Hensher - "Dead Languages".

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