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A perfect alternative to massive fiction anthologies, this brief, affordable collection of 44 short stories from the past three centuries provides a concise yet comprehensive introduction to the study of fiction. Chronologically organized, the anthology includes classic tales from 19th century authors like Hawthorne, Poe, Jewett, and de Maupassant; 20th century gems by Hawthorne, Irving, Poe, Cather, Hurston, Faulkner, O’Connor, and Richard Wright, among others; and admired stories from contemporary authors like Alice Walker, Jamaica Kincaid, Sherman Alexie, and Jhumpa Lahiri–reflecting a diverse range of writers and styles.
‘’Fiction is a handy anthology that has the best selection of readings that I have seen in an anthology. And all this without being overwhelming!’’-Shazia Ali, Eastfield College, TX
‘’The stories are an excellent group of old and new, of men and women, of canonical chestnuts and the modern multicultural voices we need to hear. The Introduction is a superb addition to the anthology that will help any instructor teach the tales, the critical language of fiction, and how to write about the stories. Finally, the size makes this book easily held in the hand!’’-Michael Chappell, Western Connecticut State University
‘’The book’s greatest feature is that it argues that ethnic, national, and gender diversity are what make the canon of short fiction such a vital part of literature. I love the way this anthology manages to include the best of the best short stories while incorporating the diverse voices that are so important to the genre.’’-Stephen Tuttle, Brigham Young University