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"The subjects of these stories range from the sublime to the ridiculous, from the momentous to the trivial, from the grim to the farcical," writes acclaimed novelist A.S. Byatt in her introduction to this remarkable collection. Indeed, if the eccentricities of the English imagination can be contained in a single volume, an anthology of short stories might be the best book for the task.

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 exhibits the capacious and often capricious nature of the English literary sensibility. "There is English empiricism, English pragmatism, English starkness, English humour, English satire, English dandyism, English horror, and English whimsy," notes A.S. Byatt in surveying the stories she has selected. "There are characteristic mixed modes which seem to go back further than Austen and Defoe to Chaucer and Shakespeare." Byatt shows us the links between stories, the literary currents that both connect and distinguish writers as diverse as Mary Mann, V.S. Pritchett, P.G. Wodehouse, Penelope Fitzgerald, and Alan Sillitoe. And although 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 are unified by Byatt's demanding criteria that the works be both "startling and satisfying."

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.

About the Author

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

Introduction, A. S. Byatt


The Sacristan of St Botolph, William Gilbert


The Haunted House, Charles Dickens


Relics of General Chasse, A Tale of Antwerp, Anthony Trollope


A Mere Interlude, Thomas Hardy


Little Brother, Mary Mann


Two Doctors, M. R. James


Behind the Shade, Arthur Morrison


Wireless, Rudyard Kipling


Under the Knife, H. G. Wells


A White Night, Charlotte Mew


The Toys of Peace, Saki


The Tremendous Adventures of Major Brown, G. K. Chesterton


Some Talk of Alexander, A. E. Coppard


The Reverent Wooing of Archibald, P. G. Wodehouse


Solid Objects, Virginia Woolf


The Man who Loved Islands, D. H. Lawrence


A Tragedy in Green, Ronald Firbank


A Widow's Quilt, Sylvia Townsend Warner


Nuns at Luncheon, Aldous Huxley


Landlord of the Crystal Fountain, Malachi Whitaker


On the Edge of the Cliff, V. S. Pritchett


A Dream of Winter, Rosamund Lehmann


An Englishman's Home, Evelyn Waugh


The Destructors, Graham Greene


The Waterfall, H. E. Bates


The Troll, T. H. White


The Blush, Elizabeth Taylor


At Hiruharama, Penelope Fitzgerald


My Flannel Knickers, Leonora Carrington


Enoch's Two Letters, Alan Sillitoe


Dream Cargoes, J. G. Ballard


Telephone, John Fuller


My Story, John Fuller


The Kiss, Angela Carter


The Beauty of the Dawn Shift, Rose Tremain


Solid Geometry, Ian McEwan


Dead Languages, Philip Hensher


Product Details

ISBN:
9780192142382
Editor:
Byatt, A. S.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Author:
BYATT, A.S.
Author:
null, A. S.
Location:
Oxford ;
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Literature/English | British Literature | Anthologies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
genuine leather black indexed 594RRL
Series:
Oxford Books of Prose
Publication Date:
19980702
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 illus.
Pages:
472
Dimensions:
8.6 x 5.6 x 1.4 in 1.55 lb

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