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The Story and Its Writer Compact: An Introduction to Short Fiction


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During her many years of teaching introduction to fiction courses, Ann Charters developed an acute sense of which stories work most effectively in the classroom. She also discovered that writers, not editors, have the most interesting and useful things to say about the making and the meaning of fiction. Accordingly, her choice of fiction in the first edition of her The Story and Its Writer was as notable for its student appeal as it was for its quality and range. And to complement these stories, she introduced a lasting innovation: an array of the writers' own commentaries on the craft and traditions of the short story. In subsequent editions her sense of what works was confirmed as the book evolved into the most comprehensive, diverse-- and bestselling — introduction to fiction anthology. Instructors rely on Ann Charters' ability to assemble an authoritative and teachable anthology, and anticipate each edition's selection of new writers and stories.

About the Author

ANN CHARTERS (Ph.D., Columbia University) is a professor of English at the University of Connecticut and has taught courses in the short story for over thirty years. A preeminent authority on the Beat writers, Charters has written a critically acclaimed biography of Jack Kerouac; compiled Beats & Company, a collection of her own photographs of Beat writers; and edited the best-selling Portable Beat Reader. Her recent books include The Kerouac Reader, Selected Letters of Jack Kerouac, 1957-1969, Beat Down to Your Soul, and The Portable Sixties Reader. Her other textbooks with Bedford/St. Martin's include Literature and Its Writers, co-edited with Samuel Charters, and The American Short Story and Its Writer.

Table of Contents





   *Chinua Achebe, Civil Peace

    Sherman Alexie, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

   *Isabelle Allende, An Act of Vengeance

    Sherwood Anderson, Hands

    Margaret Atwood, Happy Endings

    James Baldwin, Sonny's Blues

    Toni Cade Bambara, The Lesson

    Russell Banks, Black Man and White Woman in Dark Green Rowboat

    Ambrose Bierce, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

   *Jorge Luis Borges, The Circular Ruins

   *Raymond Carver, Cathedral

   *Raymond Carver, Errand

    Raymond Carver, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

    Willa Cather, Paul's Case

    John Cheever, The Swimmer

    Anton Chekhov, The Darling [Garnett translation]

    Kate Chopin, Désirée's Baby

    Kate Chopin, The Story of an Hour

    Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street

    Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

    Stephen Crane, The Open Boat

   *Junot Diaz, How to Date A Browngirl, Blackgirl, Whitegirl, or Halfie

   *Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Mrs. Dutta Writes a Letter

    Ralph Ellison, Battle Royal

    Louise Erdrich, The Red Convertible

    William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily

    William Faulkner, That Evening Sun

    Gabriel García Márquez, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

    Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper

   *Nadine Gordimer, Some Are Born to Sweet Delight

    Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown

    Ernest Hemingway, Hills Like White Elephants

    Zora Neale Hurston, Sweat

    Shirley Jackson, The Lottery

   *Gish Jen, Whose Irish?

    Sarah Orne Jewett, A White Heron

   *Ha Jin, Saboteur

    James Joyce, Araby

    James Joyce, The Dead

   *Franz Kafka, A Hunger Artist

    Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

    Jamaica Kincaid, Girl

   *Jhumpa Lahiri, When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine

    D. H. Lawrence, The Rocking-Horse Winner

   *Katherine Mansfield, The Fly

    Bobbie Ann Mason, Shiloh

    Guy de Maupassant, The Necklace

    Herman Melville, Bartleby, the Scrivener

   *Nicholasa Mohr, Tell the Truth

    Bharati Mukherjee, The Management of Grief

   *Alice Munro, Miles City, Montana

    Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried

    Flannery O'Connor, Everything That Rises Must Converge

   *Flannery O'Connor, Good Country People

    Flannery O'Connor, A Good Man Is Hard to Find

   *Frank O'Connor, Guests of the Nation

    Tillie Olsen, I Stand Here Ironing

   *ZZ Packer, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere

    Grace Paley, A Conversation with My Father

    Edgar Allan Poe, The Cask of Amontillado

    Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart

   *Katherine Anne Porter, He

   *Alifa Rifaat, Distant View of a Minaret

   *Leslie Marmon Silko, Yellow Woman

    Amy Tan, Two Kinds

    Leo Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilych

    John Updike, A & P

    Alice Walker, Everyday Use

   *David Foster Wallace, Incarnations of Burned Children

    Eudora Welty, A Worn Path

   *Tobias Wolff, Say Yes

    Richard Wright, The Man Who Was Almost a Man





    Chinua Achebe, An Image of Africa: Conrad's Heart of Darkness

   *Sherman Alexie, Superman and Me

    Sherwood Anderson, Form, Not Plot, in the Short Story

    Margaret Atwood, Reading Blind

    James Baldwin, Autobiographical Notes

    Russell Banks, Author's Note

    Willa Cather, The Stories of Katherine Mansfield

   *Ann Charters, Translating Kafka

    Anton Chekov, Technique in Writing the Short Story

    John Cheever, Why I Write Short Stories

    Kate Chopin, How I Stumbled upon Maupassant

   *Julio Cortazar, On the Short Story and Its Environs

    Stephen Crane, The Sinking of the Commodore

    Ralph Ellison, The Influence of Folklore on Battle Royal

    William Faulkner, The Meaning of "A Rose for Emily"

    Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar, A Feminist Reading of Gilman's" The Yellow Wallpaper"

    Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Undergoing the Cure for Nervous Prostration

    Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Why I Wrote "The Yellow Wallpaper"

    Zora Neale Hurston, How It Feels to Be Colored Me

    Shirley Jackson, The Morning of June 28, 1948, and "The Lottery"

    Sarah Orne Jewett, Looking Back on Girlhood

    Jamaica Kincaid, On "Girl"

    D. H. Lawrence, The Lust of Hate in Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado"

    Bobbie Ann Mason, On Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried"

    Guy de Maupassant, The Writer's Goal

    Herman Melville, Blackness in Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown

    Alice Munro, How I Write Short Stories

   *Joyce Carol Oates, from "Stories that Define Me: The Making of a Writer"

    Joyce Carol Oates, Smooth Talk: Short Story into Film

   *Frank O'Connor, The Nearest Thing to Lyric Poetry Is the Short Story

    Frank O'Connor, Style and Form in Joyce's The Dead

    Grace Paley, A Conversation with Ann Charters

    Edgar Allan Poe, The Importance of the Single Effect in a Prose Tale

   *Leslie Marmon Silko, Language and Literature from a Pueblo Indian Perspective

   *Amy Tan, In the Canon, For All the Wrong Reasons

    Leo Tolstoy, Chekov's Intent in "The Darling"

   *Cheryl B. Torsney, "Everyday Use": My Sojourn at Parchman Farm

    John Updike, Kafka and The Metamorphosis

    Alice Walker, Zora Neale Hurston: A Cautionary Tale and a Partisan View

    Eudora Welty, Is Phoenix Jackson's Grandson Really Dead?

    Richard Wright, Reading Fiction


Product Details

An Introduction to Short Fiction
Charters, Ann
Xcharters, Ann
Bedford/St. Martin's
Short stories
Short story
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Seventh Edition
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9.25 x 6.00 in

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