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This is an anthology of the American short story between the Civil War and World War I, containing 47 stories by 30 writers. Realist writers, represented by Mark Twain, Henry James, Stephen Crane, Kate Chopin and Willa Cather among others, sought to paint "life as it is, human feelings in their true proportions and relations". There are introductory essays on the historical and literary context of the Age of Realism, a chronology, critical headnotes and minibiographies.
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  • Paperback | 640 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 27mm | 443g
  • Viking Portable Library
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • chronology, notes
  • 0140268308
  • 9780140268300
  • 1,002,547

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The Portable American Realism Reader collects forty-seven of the best stories published in the United States between 1865 and 1918 - the most celebrated period of short fiction in American literary history. This great flowering of talent includes such classic stories as Mark Twain's "Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog", Bret Harte's "The Luck of Roaring Camp", Ambrose Bierce's "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge", Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper", and Henry James's "The Beast in the Jungle". The volume's editors have also expanded the sweep of American Realism to embrace works by less well known African-American, Asian-American, and Native-American writers. In addition, there is a special emphasis on the contributions of women writers to this crucial period of American letters, with stories by Kate Chopin, Willa Cather, Edith Wharton, Sarah Orne Jewett, and Mary Austin, among others.
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Table of contents

Introduction:
The Historical Context by Tom Quirk
The Literary Context by James Nagel
Suggestions for Further Reading
Chronology


Part I: Regionalism and Local Color
MARK TWAIN, "Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog"
BRET HARTE, "The Luck of Roaring Camp"
HARRIET BEECHER STOWE, "The Minister's Housekeeper"
GEORGE WASHINGTON CABLE, "Belles Demoiselles Plantation"
CONSTANCE FENIMORE WOOLSON, "Rodman the Keeper"
SARAH ORNE JEWETT, "A White Heron"
MARY WILKINS FREEMAN, "A Church Mouse"
ROSE TERRY COOKE, "How Celia Changed Her Mind"
GRACE ELIZABETH KING, "La Grande Demoiselle"
KATE CHOPIN," Athénaïse"
ALICE DUNBAR-NELSON, "The Goodness of Saint Rocque"

Part II: Realism
JOEL CHANDLER HARRIS, "Free Joe and the Rest of the World"
SARAH ORNE JEWETT, "Miss Tempy's Watchers"
CHARLES W. CHESNUTT, "The Sheriff's Children"
HAMLIN GARLAND, "The Return of a Private"
AMBROSE BIERCE, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"
MARY WILKINS FREEMAN, "The Revolt of 'Mother'"
HAROLD FREDERIC, "My Aunt Susan"
HENRY JAMES, "The Real Thing"
CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMAN, "The Yellow Wallpaper"
KATE CHOPIN, "Désirée's Baby"
MADELENE YALE WYNNE, "The Little Room"
HENRY JAMES, "The Beast in the Jungle"
STEPHEN CRANE, "The Blue Hotel"
STEPHEN CRANE, "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky"
ABRAHAM CAHAN, "A Providential Match"
ALICE DUNBAR-NELSON, "Sister Josepha"
CHARLES W. CHESTNUTT, "The Wife of His Youth"
ZITKALA-SÄ, "The Trial Path"
EDITH WHARTON, "The Other Two"
WILLA CATHER, "A Wagner Matinée"
WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS, "Editha"
MARY AUSTIN, "The Walking Woman"
ZONA GALE, "Nobody Rich, Nobody Poor"
SUI SIN FAR, "Mrs. Spring Fragrance"


Part III: Naturalism
STEPHEN CRANE, "The Men in the Storm"
STEPHEN CRANE, "An Experiment in Misery"
STEPHEN CRANE, "The Open Boat"
HAMLIN GARLAND, "Under the Lion's Paw"
THEODORE DREISER, "Curious Shifts of the Poor"
JACK LONDON, "The Law of Life"
FRANK NORRIS, "A Deal in Wheat"
PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR, "The Lynching of Jube Benson"
JOHN M. OSKISON, "The Problem of Old Harjo"
JACK LONDON, "To Build a Fire"
THEODORE DREISER, "The Second Choice"


Biographical Notes
Notes on the Texts
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About Thomas Quirk

James Nagel, Edison Distonguished Professor of English at the University of Georgia, has edited several collections on the works of Ernest Hemingway, Stephen Crane, and Hamlin Garland, as well as the Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics edition of John Steinbeck's Pastures of Heaven.
Tom Quirk is the Catherine Paine Middlebush Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is the editor of the Penguin Classics editions of Mark Twain's Tales, Speeches, Essays, and Sketches (1994) and Ambrose Bierce's Tales of Soldiers and Civilians and Other Stories (2000) and co-editor of The Portable American Realism Reader (1997). His other books include Coming to Grips with Huckleberry Finn (1993), Mark Twain: A Study of the Short Fiction (1997) and Nothing Abstract: Investigations in the American Literary Imagination (2001).
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