Synopses & Reviews
As Scheherezade proved long ago, good stories make the best bedtime entertainment. The tales collected here represent the essence of the storyteller’s art, with its ancient roots in fantastical legends and tales told around a fire.
In Bedtime Stories, great writers of the past two centuries explore the boundaries between the real and the unreal, between waking and dreaming. From the surreal night visions of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” to the unspeakable horror that haunts two little girls in A. S. Byatt’s “The Thing in the Forest,” from Washington Irving’s comical “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” to Ursula K. LeGuin’s sly perspective on Sleeping Beauty in “The Poacher,” these spellbinding stories transform the stuff of fables and fairy tales into high art. Isak Dinesen, Vladimir Nabokov, Angela Carter, Julio Cortázar, Steven Millhauser, Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, and many more mingle their voices in this one-volume gateway to dreams--the perfect bedside companion for fiction lovers everywhere.
A spellbinding addition to our Pocket Classics series: a gathering of utterly transporting short stories by an international constellation of writers.
As Scheherezade proved long ago, good stories make the best bedtime entertainment. The tales collected here represent the essence of the storyteller’s art, with its ancient roots in fantastical legends and tales told around a fire. Isak Dinesen, Naguib Mahfouz, Angela Carter, Salman Rushdie, Ursula K. Le Guin, A. S. Byatt, Steven Millhauser, Haruki Murakami, and many other writers mingle their voices in this one-volume gateway to dreams. It is the perfect bedside companion for fiction lovers everywhere.
About the Author
Diana Secker Tesdell is the editor of the Everyman’s Pocket Classics Christmas Stories, Love Stories, Dog Stories, New York Stories, and Stories of the Sea.
Table of Contents
A. S. Byatt, “The Thing in the Forest”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, “Young Goodman Brown”
Neil Gaiman, “Troll Bridge”
Ursula K. LeGuin, “The Poacher”
Isak Dinesen, “The Sailor-Boy’s Tale”
Robert Louis Stevenson, “The Bottle Imp”
William Maxwell, “The Industrious Tailor”
Vladimir Nabokov, “Dragon”
Guy de Maupassant, “Night”
Lord Dunsany, “Where the Tides Ebb and Flow”
Julio Cortázar, “The Night Face Up”
Ambrose Bierce, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”
H. G. Wells, “The Country of the Blind”
Washington Irving, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Steven Millhauser, “The Visit”
Angela Carter, “The Tiger’s Bride”
Haruki Murakami, “The Dancing Dwarf”