Table of Contents
About the Authors.
I. INTRODUCTION. The Art of the Short Story. II. STORIES. CHINUA
ACHEBE, NIGERIAN.Dead Men's Path. Author's Perspective: Achebe on
Modern Africa as the Crossroads of Culture. SHERWOOD ANDERSON,
AMERICAN.Hands. Author's Perspective: Anderson on Words Not Plot
Give Form to a Short Story. MARGARET ATWOOD, CANADIAN.Happy
Endings. Author's Perspective: Atwood on the Canadian Identity.
JAMES BALDWIN, AMERICAN.Sonny's Blues. Author's Perspective:
Baldwin on Race and the African-American Writer. JORGE LUIS BORGES,
ARGENTINE.The Garden of Forking Paths. Author's Perspective: Borges
on Literature as Experience. ALBERT CAMUS, FRENCH, Born in
Algeria.The Guest. Author's Perspective: Camus on Revolution and
Repression in Algeria. RAYMOND CARVER, AMERICAN.Cathedral. A Small
Good Thing. Author's Perspective: Carver on Commonplace but Precise
Language. WILLA CATHER, AMERICAN.Paul's Case. Author's Perspective:
Cather on Art as the Process of Simplification. JOHN CHEEVER,
AMERICAN.The Swimmer. Author's Perspective: Cheever on Why I Write
Short Stories. ANTON CHEKHOV, RUSSIAN.The Lady with the Pet Dog.
Misery. Author's Perspective: Chekhov on Natural Description and
"The Center of Gravity." KATE CHOPIN, AMERICAN.The Storm. The Story
of an Hour. Author's Perspective: Chopin on Her Writing Method.
SANDRA CISNEROS, AMERICAN.Barbie-Q. Author's Perspective: Cisneros
on Style. JOSEPH CONRAD, POLISH, Naturalized British.The Secret
Sharer. Author's Perspective: Conrad on the Condition of Art.
STEPHEN CRANE, AMERICAN.The Open Boat. Author's Perspective: Crane
on The Sinking of the Commodore. RALPH ELLISON, AMERICAN.A Party
Down at the Square. Author's Perspective: Ellison on Race and
Fiction. WILLIAM FAULKNER, AMERICAN.Barn Burning. A Rose for Emily.
Author's Perspective: Faulkner on The Human Heart in Conflict with
Itself. F. SCOTT FITZGERALD, AMERICAN.BabylonRevisited. Author's
Perspective: Fitzgerald on His Own Literary Aims. GUSTAVE FLAUBERT,
FRENCH.A Simple Heart. Author's Perspective: Flaubert on the Labor
of Style. GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ, COLOMBIAN.A Very Old Man with
Enormous Wings. Author's Perspective: Garcia Marquez on His
Beginnings as a Writer. CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMAN (1860-1935),
AMERICAN.The Yellow Wallpaper. Author's Perspective: Gilman on Why
I Wrote "The Yellow Wallpaper." NIKOLAI GOGOL, RUSSIAN.The
Overcoat. Author's Perspective: Gogol on Realism. NADINE GORDIMER,
SOUTH AFRICAN.A Company of Laughing Faces. Author's Perspective:
Gordimer on How the Short Story Differs from the Novel. NATHANIEL
HAWTHORNE, AMERICAN.Young Goodman Brown. The Birthmark. Author's
Perspective: Hawthorne on the Public Failure of His Early Stories.
ERNEST HEMINGWAY, AMERICAN.A Clean Well-Lighted Place. Author's
Perspective: Hemingway on One True Sentence. ZORA NEALE HURSTON,
AMERICAN.Sweat. Author's Perspective: Hurston on Eatonville When
You Look at It. SHIRLEY JACKSON (1919-1965), AMERICAN.The Lottery.
Author's Perspective: Jackson on the Public Reception of the
Lottery. HENRY JAMES, AMERICAN.The Real Thing. Author's
Perspective: James on the Mirror of a Consciousness. HA JIN, BORN
IN CHINA, Resident American.Saboteur. Author's Perspective: Jin on
sources of His Fiction. JAMES JOYCE, IRISH.The Dead. Araby.
Author's Perspective: Joyce on Epiphanies. FRANZ KAFKA,
AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN.Before the Law. The Metamorphosis. Author's
Perspective: Kafka on Discussing "The Metamorphosis." D. H.
LAWRENCE, ENGLISH.The Rocking-Horse Winner. Odour of
Chrysanthemums. Author's Perspective: Lawrence on the Novel Is the
Bright Book of Life. URSULA K. LE GUIN, AMERICAN.The Ones Who Walk
Away from Omelas. Author's Perspective: Le Guin on "The Ones Who
Walk Away from Omelas." DORIS LESSING, RHODESIAN, Naturalized
British.A Woman on a Roof. Author's Perspective: Lessing on "My
Beginnings as a Writer." JACK LONDON, AMERICAN.To Build A Fire.
Author's Perspective: London Defending the Factuality of "To Build
a Fire." KATHERINE MANSFIELD, NEW ZEALANDER.The Garden-Party. Miss
Brill. Author's Perspective: Mansfield on "The Garden-Party."
BOBBIE ANN MASON, AMERICAN.Shiloh. Author's Perspective: Mason on
Minimalist Fiction. GUY DE MAUPASSANT, FRENCH.The Necklace.
Author's Perspective: Maupassant on the Realist Method. HERMAN
MELVILLE, AMERICAN.Bartleby, the Scrivener. Author's Perspective:
Melville on Hawthorne and American Literature. YUKIO MISHIMA,
JAPANESE.Patriotism. Author's Perspective: Mishima on the Japanese
Code. ALICE MUNRO, CANADIAN.How I Met My Husband. Author's
Perspective: Munro on How I Write Short Stories. JOYCE CAROL OATES,
AMERICAN.Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? Author's
Perspective: Oates on Productivity and the Critics. FLANNERY
O'CONNOR, AMERICAN.A Good Man Is Hard to Find. Revelation. Author's
Perspective: O'Connor on the Element of Suspense in "A Good Man Is
Hard to Find." EDGAR ALLAN POE, AMERICAN.The Tell-Tale Heart. The
Fall of the House of Usher. Author's Perspective: Poe on the Tale
and Its Effect. KATHERINE ANNE PORTER, AMERICAN.Flowering Judas.
Author's Perspective: Porter on Writing Short Stories. LESLIE
MARMON SILKO, AMERICAN.The Man to Send Rain Clouds. Author's
Perspective: Silko on the Basis of "The Man to Send Rain Clouds."
ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER, YIDDISH (born in Poland) Naturalized
American.Gimpel the Fool. Author's Perspective: Singer on the
Character of Gimpel. LEO TOLSTOY, RUSSIAN.The Death of Ivan Ilych.
Author's Perspective: Tolstoy on the Moral Responsibilities of Art.
JOHN UPDIKE, AMERICAN.Separating. Author's Perspective: Updike on
Why Write? ALICE WALKER, AMERICAN.Everyday Use. Author's
Perspective: Walker on the Black Woman Writer in America. EUDORA
WELTY, AMERICAN.Why I Live at the P.O. Author's Perspective: Welty
on the Plot of the Short Story. EDITH WHARTON, AMERICAN.Roman
Fever. Author's Perspective: Wharton on the Subject of Short
Stories. VIRGINIA WOOLF, ENGLISH.A Haunted House. Author's
Perspective: Woolf on Women and Fiction.III. WRITING The Elements
of Short Fiction. Plot.Characterization.Point of
View.Setting.Theme.Style.Writing about Fiction.Critical Approaches
to Fiction. Formalist Criticism.Michael Clark, Light and
Darkness in "Sonny's Blues." Biographical Criticism.Virginia
Llewellyn Smith, Chekhov's Attitude to Romantic Love.
Historical Criticism.John King, The Argentinean Context of
Borges's Fantastic Fiction. Psychological Criticism.Daniel
Hoffman, The Father-Figure in "The Tell-Tale Heart."
Mythological Criticism.Edmond Volpe, Myth in Faulkner's "Barn
Burning." Sociological Criticism.Daniel P. Watkins, Money
and Labor in "The Rocking-Horse Winner." Gender
Criticism.Juliann Fleenor, Gender and Pathology in "The Yellow
Wallpaper." Reader-Response Criticism.Stanley Fish, An
Eskimo "A Rose for Emily." Deconstructionist Criticism.Roland
Barthes, The Death of the Author. Cultural Studies.Mark
Bauerlein, What is Cultural Studies? IV. GLOSSARY OF
LITERARY TERMS. Acknowledgments. Chronological Listing of Authors
and Stories. Listing of Authors with Second Story. Carver, A Small,
Good Thing.Chekhov, Misery.Chopin, The Story of an Hour.Faulkner, A
Rose for Emily.Hawthorne, The Birthmark.Joyce, Araby.Kafka, Before
the Law.Lawrence, The Odour of Chrysanthemums.Mansfield, Miss
Brill.O'Connor, Revelation.Poe, The Fall of the House of Usher.