Classic American Short Stories

Classic American Short Stories

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The American short story is one of the most distinct and important branches of the form. This selection from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries illustrates some of its finest achievements. Tales of the frontier, friendship, and life's experiences abound with lively characters, humorous incidents, and vivid descriptions. These fourteen stories, each in its way significant and influential, introduce the art and tradition of the short story as it was developed and extended by authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Henry James, and Ernest Hemingway. 'This series of short stories is the bargain of the century. Snap them up while you can.' Daily Mailshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 410 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 30mm | 322.05g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192826859
  • 9780192826855

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. My Kinsman: Major Molineux; 2. The Black Cat; 3. Benito Cereno; 4. Baker's Bluejay Yarn; 5. The Coup de Grace; 6. The Beast in the Jungle; 7. The Return of a Private; 8. Roman Fever; 9. The Open Boat; 10. The Heathen; 11. I Want to Know Why; 12. A Day's Work; 13. Dry September; 14. The Short Happy Life of Francis Macombershow more

Review quote

The Americans have always been the leaders in the short story field and this collection ... is a testament to that. This is a feast of writing without a doubt Beat Sceneshow more

About Douglas Grant

About the Editor The late Douglas Grant was a scholar and more

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