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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 Byatts 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 English Short Stories offers a wide array of unforgettable pleasures, now reissued with a fresh, contemporary feel.

About the Author

A. S. Byatt is a novelist, essayist, broadcaster, and reviewer, and has taught at University College London. She won the Booker Prize for her novel Possession (1990), and her other books include Angels and Insects (1992), and Babel Tower (1996).

Table of Contents

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

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Byatt, A. S.
Oxford University Press, USA
null, A. S.
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Short stories, english
England Social life and customs.
Literature/English | World Literature | Anthologies
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5 x 7.7 x 1.5 in 0.769 lb

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