Summary: Features : A comprehensive and diverse collection of stories. Arranged alphabetically by author, the 135 stories by 114 authors represent a variety found in no other anthology of this kind. With a strong representation of traditionally popular stories, this anthology also includes the most comprehensive collection of stories by women (58), American multicultural stories (22), and contemporary stories (22 stories written since 1990) found in any introduction ...show more to fiction anthology. The sixth edition also offers 48 stories by writers from countries other than the U.S.
The most extensive selection of commentaries in a fiction anthology. Cross-referenced to individual stories and writers for easy use, the 95 commentaries in The Story and Its Writer show how writers think and write about literature, providing students with unparalleled opportunities for discussion and writing.
In-depth Casebooks on authors important to the study of short fiction. Each comprising multiple commentaries by and about the featured writer and by other writers and critics, casebooks enable in-depth study of five important authors--Raymond Carver, Anton Chekhov, Zora Neale Hurston, Flannery O'Connor, and Edgar Allan Poe.
Thorough editorial apparatus that keeps the focus on the writers. Abundant for those who want it, yet unobtrusive for those who don't, the apparatus includes lengthy headnotes that introduce each writer and six informative appendices that instruct on the history of the short story, the elements of fiction, and writing about fiction without interfering with students' own reading and interpretation.
The most comprehensive Instructor's Manual. For each story, the Instructor's Manual includes an explication, a short bibliography for each story, and discussion questions and writing assignments. Additional resources include a thematic index of stories, an index of types of commentaries, and a list of short stories on film and video.
Highly qualified editor. For more than 25 years, Ann Charters has been teaching the introduction to fiction course, and closely monitoring trends in the development of the short story form. Instructors therefore know they can count on her knowledge of fiction and her ability to assemble an authoritative and teachable anthology.
Also available in a compact edition. For instructors who prefer a smaller anthology, the Compact Sixth Edition of The Story and Its Writer offers all the successful editorial features of the full-length version with about half the stories and commentaries.
New to this Edition : 47 stories by 114 diverse writers. Among the new selections are classic stories by Isak Dinesen and Edgar Allan Poe, American multicultural stories by Jhumpa Lahiri and Ha Jin, international stories by Ivan Klima and Yusuf Idris, and very recent stories by Annie Proulx, Rick Moody, and Alice Munro.
30 varied and illuminating commentaries. In addition to selections from writers such as Russell Banks, Carlos Fuentes, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Jamaica Kincaid, Jack London, Alice Munro, Tim O'Brien, and Tobias Wolff, several of the commentaries inlcude illustrations that provide cultural contexts.
New and revised casebooks. All casebooks now include photographs of each featured author. New casebooks on Zora Neale Hurston and Anton Chekhov are complemented by a special casebook on Edgar Allen Poe introducing students to various critical methods. A substantially revised casebook on Raymond Carver shows how he frequently rewrote fiction he had already published.
New and updated appendices. A new appendix on storytelling before the short story explores the oral roots of the genre in myths, fables, parables, tales, and ballads.
On writing and research. The appendix on writing about fiction includes updated information on writing assignments, including the research paper (with guidelines for documenting online sources). 2 of the 5 sample student essays are new.
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