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Dog Storiesby Diana Secker Tesdell
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Now joining Everymans Library—the most extensive and distinguished collectible library of the worlds greatest works—is an appealing new collection in a small Pocket Classics format, perfect for gift giving and reading pleasure.
Dog Stories rounds up a pack of vivid and colorful stories about mans best friend by a wide range of great writers, from Mark Twain and Anton Chekhov to Patricia Highsmith and Jonathan Lethem.
The richly drawn and unforgettable canines gathered here include Rudyard Kiplings heroically faithful “Garm,” Bret Hartes irrepressible scoundrel of a “Yellow Dog,” and the aggressively affectionate three-legged pit bull Ava, who lives in an apartment building for dogs in Jonathan Lethems “Avas Apartment.” Here are stories that touchingly illuminate the dogs role in the emotional lives of humans, such as Tobias Wolffs “Her Dog,” in which a widower shares his grief for his wife with her grieving pet. Here, too, are humorous glimpses of the canine point of view, from O. Henrys tale of a dissatisfied lapdogs escape to P. G. Wodehouses cheerfully naïve watchdog who simply wants everybody to get along. These writers and others—Ray Bradbury, Doris Lessing, Thomas McGuane, Rick Bass, James Salter, and Penelope Lively among them—offer imaginative, lyrical, and empathetic portraits of humanitys most devoted companion.
"This motley, lovable collection is as varied as the dogs depicted within, from the savage hunters and woeful mutts of Doris Lessing and Anton Chekhov, to Lydia Millet's pampered poodle and Brad Watson's sage seeing eye dog. Tesdell's impressive choices range from traditional tales of loyal, devoted dogs by Kipling, Twain, and others, to Madison Smartt Bell's story of a man gradually becoming a canine. These entries wisely steer clear of sentimentality, nevertheless portraying their subjects with heroism and scrappiness. The ultimate opacity of a dog's mind provokes imaginative writers like Chekhov, Wodehouse, and O. Henry to project themselves into their pets. Most of these dog narrators manage prose that is beautiful, elegant, and painfully accurate about the failings of their human owners. Jonathan Lethem, James Thurber, Tobias Wolff, Penelope Lively, and many other literary luminaries make appearances here. As Ray Bradbury writes, and as this anthology wonderfully proves, dogs 'collect and deliver the time and texture of worlds' in their fur.
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"Dog Stories" rounds up a pack of vivid and colorful stories about man's best friend by a wide range of great writers from Mark Twain and Anton Chekhov to Patricia Highsmith and Jonathan Lethem.
Unique and delightful, these literary story anthologies are a treasury of short fiction by great writers old and new in an elegant and charming format in enduring hardcover editions with elegant cloth sewn bindings, gold stamped covers, and silk ribbon markers.
Christmas Stories, edited by Diana Secker Tesdell
Dog Stories, edited by Diana Secker Tesdell
Ghost Stories, edited by Peter Washington
Love Stories, edited by Diana Secker Tesdell
Stories of the Sea, edited by Diana Secker Tesdell
About the Author
Diana Secker Tesdell is the editor of the Everyman’s Pocket Classics Stories of the Sea, Love Stories, and Christmas Stories.
Table of Contents
O. Henry, “Memoirs of a Yellow Dog”
Jonathan Lethem, “Ava’s Apartment”
Rudyard Kipling, “Garm—A Hostage”
Ray Bradbury, “The Emissary”
P. G. Wodehouse, “The Mixer”
Patricia Highsmith, “There I Was, Stuck with Bubsy”
Mark Twain, “A Dog’s Tale”
James Thurber, “Josephine Has Her Day”
Anton Chekhov, “Kashtanka”
G. K. Chesterton, “The Oracle of a Dog”
Brad Watson, “Seeing Eye”
Tobias Wolff, “Her Dog”
Lydia Millet, “Sir Henry”
Madison Smartt Bell, “Barking Man”
Bret Harte, “A Yellow Dog”
Doris Lessing, “The Story of Two Dogs”
Rick Bass, “The Hermit’s Story”
Thomas McGuane, “Flight”
James Salter, “My Lord You”
Penelope Lively, “Black Dog”
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