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Story and Its Writer

Story and Its Writer - 6th edition

Story and Its Writer - 6th edition

ISBN13: 9780312397296

ISBN10: 0312397291

Story and Its Writer by Ann Charters - ISBN 9780312397296
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 6TH 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Bedford Books
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Story and Its Writer by Ann Charters - ISBN 9780312397296

ISBN13: 9780312397296

ISBN10: 0312397291

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 6TH 03

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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 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.

Author Bio

Charters, Ann : University of Connecticut

Ann Charters (Ph.D., Columbia University) is a professor of English at the University of Connecticut and has taught courses in the short story for over 25 years. A preeminent authority on the Beat writers, Charters has written a critically acclaimed biography of Jack Kerouac; compiled Beats & Company, a collection of her own photographs of Beat writers; and edited the best-selling Portable Beat Reader. Her most recent books are The Kerouac Reader, Selected Letters of Jack Kerouac, 1957-1969, Beat Down to Your Soul, and Literature and Its Writers, Second Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's) co-edited with Sam Charters.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chinua Achebe, Civil Peace
Sherman Alexie, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
Woody Allen, The Kugelmass Episode
*Isabelle Allende, And of Clay Are We Created
Dorothy Allison, River of Names
*Martin Amis, The Immortals
Sherwood Anderson, Death in the Woods
Sherwood Anderson, Hands
Margaret Atwood, Happy Endings
*Margaret Atwood, Rape Fantasies
Isaac Babel, My First Goose
James Baldwin, Sonny's Blues
Toni Cade Bambara, The Lesson
*Russell Banks, Black Man and White Woman in Dark Green Rowboat
*John Barth, Lost in the Funhouse
*Donald Barthelme, Me and Miss Mandible
*Ann Beattie, Find and Replace
*Gina Berriault, Who Is It Can Tell Me Who I Am?
Ambrose Bierce, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
*Jorge Luis Borges, The End of the Duel
Tadeusz Borowski, This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen
*T. Corraghesan Boyle, Friendly Skies
Albert Camus, The Guest
Angela Carter, The Company of Wolves
*Raymond Carver, The Bath
*Raymond Carver, A Small, Good Thing
Raymond Carver, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
Willa Cather, Paul's Case
John Cheever, The Swimmer
Anton Chekhov, Angel [The Darling]
*Anton Chekhov, A Blunder
Anton Chekhov, The Lady with the Little Dog
*Charles Chesnutt, The Wife of His Youth
Kate Chopin, Dèsirèe's Baby
Kate Chopin, The Story of an Hour
Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street
Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
Julio Cortázar, A Continuity of Parks
Stephen Crane, The Open Boat
*Edwidge Danticat, Night Women
*Junot Diaz, The Sun, The Moon, The Stars
Isak Dinesen, Sorrow Acre
Ralph Ellison, Battle Royal
Louise Erdrich, The Red Convertible
William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily
William Faulkner, That Evening Sun
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Babylon Revisited
Gustave Flaubert, A Simple Heart
Mary Wilkins Freeman, The Revolt of Mother
Mary Gaitskill, Tiny Smiling Daddy
Gabriel García Márquez, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper
Nikolai Gogol, The Overcoat
*Nadine Gordimer, Ultimate Safari
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Birthmark
Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown
*Bessie Head, Woman from America
Ernest Hemingway, Hills Like White Elephants
Zora Neale Hurston, The Gilded Six-Bits
*Zora Neale Hurston, Spunk
Zora Neale Hurston, Sweat
Yusuf Idris, The Chair Carrier
Washington Irving, Rip Van Winkle
Shirley Jackson, The Lottery
*Henry James, The Real Thing
*Gish Jen, Whose Irish?
Sarah Orne Jewett, A White Heron
*Ha Jin, The Bridegroom
Charles Johnson, Menagerie, A Child's Fable
James Joyce, Araby
James Joyce, The Dead
Franz Kafka, A Hunger Artist
Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis
Jamaica Kincaid, Girl
*Ivan Klíma, The White House
*Jhumpa Lahiri, The Interpreter of Maladies
*Mary Lavin, The Widow's Son
D. H. Lawrence, Odour of Chrysanthemums
D. H. Lawrence, The Rocking-Horse Winner
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas
*Doris Lessing, Sunrise on the Veld
Clarice Lispector, The Smallest Woman in the World
Jack London, To Build a Fire
Katherine Mansfield, Bliss
Katherine Mansfield, The Garden-Party
Bobbie Ann Mason, Shiloh
Guy de Maupassant, The Necklace
*Guy de Maupassant, Clochette
Herman Melville, Bartleby, the Scrivener
*Susan Minot, Lust
*Yukio Mishima, Patriotism
*Rick Moody, Boys
Lorrie Moore, How to Become a Writer
Bharati Mukherjee, The Management of Grief
*Alice Munro, Family Furnishings
*Haruki Murakami, The Seventh Man
Joyce Carol Oates, Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?
Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried
Flannery O'Connor, Everything That Rises Must Converge
Flannery O'Connor, Good Country People
Flannery O'Connor, A Good Man Is Hard to Find
Frank O'Connor, Guests of the Nation
Tillie Olsen, I Stand Here Ironing
Cynthia Ozick, The Shawl
Grace Paley, A Conversation with My Father
*Octavio Paz, My Life with the Wave
Edgar Allan Poe, The Cask of Amontillado
*Edgar Allan Poe, The Fall of the House of Usher
Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart
Katherine Anne Porter, The Jilting of Granny Weatherall
*William Sidney Porter (O. Henry), The Last Leaf
*Annie Proulx, The Blood Bay
*Philip Roth, The Conversion of the Jews
Leslie Marmon Silko, Yellow Woman
Susan Sontag, The Way We Live Now
Gertrude Stein, Miss Furr and Miss Skeene
John Steinbeck, The Chrysanthemums
Amy Tan, Two Kinds
James Thurber, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Leo Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilych
*Jean Toomer, Blood Burning Moon
John Updike, A & P
Helena María Viramontes, The Moths
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Harrison Bergeron
*Alice Walker, Everyday Use
Eudora Welty, Why I Live at the P.O.
Eudora Welty, A Worn Path
Edith Wharton, Roman Fever
*John Edgar Wideman, Newborn Thrown in Trash and Dies
William Carlos Williams, The Use of Force
*Tobias Wolff, The Rich Brother
Virginia Woolf, Kew Gardens
Richard Wright, The Man Who Was Almost a Man
*Hisaye Yamamoto, Wilshire Bus

Chinua Achebe, An Image of Africa: Conrad's "Heart of Darkness"
Paula Gunn Allen, Whirlwind Man Steals Yellow Woman
Sherwood Anderson, Form, Not Plot, in the Short Story
Margaret Atwood, Reading Blind
James Baldwin, Autobiographical Notes
Russell Banks, Author's Note
Jorge Luis Borges, On the Meaning and Form of "The End of the Duel"
Willa Cather, The Stories of Katherine Mansfield
John Cheever, Why I Write Short Stories
Kate Chopin, How I Stumbled upon Maupassant
*Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), Private History of "The Jumping Frog" Story
Robert Coles, Tillie Olsen: The Iron and the Riddle
Stephen Crane, The Sinking of the Commodore
Ralph Ellison, The Influence of Folklore on "Battle Royal"
Richard Ellmann, A Biographical Perspective on Joyce's "The Dead"
William Faulkner, The Meaning of A Rose for Emily
*Carlos Fuentes, Mexico, The United States, and the Multicultural Future
Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar, A Feminist Reading of Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper"
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Undergoing the Cure for Nervous Prostration
*Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Why I Wrote "The Yellow Wallpaper"
Janice H. Harris, Levels of Meaning in Lawrence's The Rocking-Horse Winner
Carolyn G. Heilbrun, A Feminist Perspective on Katherine Anne Porter and "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall"
*Washington Irving, Letter to Henry Brevoort, December 11, 1824
Shirley Jackson, The Morning of June 28, 1948, and "The Lottery"
*Henry James, The Genesis of "The Real Thing"
Gustav Janouch, Kafka's View of "The Metamorphosis"
Sarah Orne Jewett, Looking Back on Girlhood
*James W. Johnson, Lynching in Tennessee
*Jamaica Kincaid, On "Girl"
D. H. Lawrence, Draft Passage from "Odour of Chrysanthemums"
Leslie Lee, Scene from the Screenplay of Almos' a Man
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Scapegoat in Omelas
*Jack London, Letter to the Editor on "To Build a Fire"
*Katherine Mansfield, On "The Garden Party"
Katherine Mansfield, Review of Woolf's "Kew Gardens"
Bobbie Ann Mason, On Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried"
Guy de Maupassant, The Writer's Goal
Herman Melville, Blackness in Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown"
J. Hillis Miller, Who Is He? Melville's "Bartleby, the Scrivener"
*Alice Munro, How I Write Short Stories
Vladimir Nabokov, Gogol's Genius in "The Overcoat"
J. C. C. Nachtigal, Peter Klaus the Goatherd
Joyce Carol Oates, Smooth Talk: Short Story Into Film
*Tim O'Brien, Alpha Company
Frank O'Connor, The Nearest Thing to Lyric Poetry Is the Short Story
Frank O'Connor, Style and Form in Joyce's "The Dead"
Grace Paley, A Conversation with Ann Charters
Jay Parini, Lawrence and Steinbeck's "Chrysanthemums"
*Francine Prose, The Bones of Muzhiks: Isaac Babel Gets Lost in Translation
Peter Rudy, Tolstoy's Revisions in "The Death of Ivan Illych"
Salman Rushdie, On Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber
Edward Said, The Past and the Present: Joseph Conrad and the Fiction of Autobiography
Leslie Marmon Silko, Language and Literature from a Pueblo Indian Perspective
Jane Smiley, Gregor: My Life as a Bug
Amy Tan, In the Canon, For All the Wrong Reasons
Lionel Trilling, The Greatness of Conrad's "Heart of Darkness"
John Updike, Kafka and "The Metamorphosis"
Eudora Welty, Is Phoenix Jackson's Grandson Really Dead?
Edith Wharton, Every Subject Must Contain within Itself Its Own Dimensions
*Tobias Wolff, On "The Rich Brother"
Richard Wright, Reading Fiction
Mary Zimmerman, U.S. Latino Literature: History and Development

Raymond Carver, On Writing
Raymond Carver, Creative Writing 101
Raymond Carver, The Ashtray
*Jim Naughton, As Raymond Carver Muses, His Stature Grows
*Kathleen Westfall Shute, On "The Bath" and "A Small, Good Thing"
Arthur M. Saltzman, A Reading of "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love"
*A.O. Scott, Looking for Raymond Carver
Anton Chekhov, Technique in Writing the Short Story
*Richard Ford, Why We Like Chekhov
*Richard Ford, Editor's Note on "The Blunder"
Vladimir Nabokov, A Reading of Chekhov's "The Lady with the Little Dog"
Leo Tolstoy, Chekhov's Intent in "The Darling" ["Angel"]
Eudora Welty, Plot and Character in Chekhov's "The Darling" ["Angel"]
*Zora Neale Hurston, How It Feels to Be Colored Me
Zora Neale Hurston, What White Publishers Won't Print
*Robert Bone, A Folkloric Analysis of Hurston's "Spunk" and "The Gilded Six-Bits"
Rosalie Murphy Baum, The Shape of Hurston's Fiction
Alice Walker, Zora Neale Hurston: A Cautionary Tale and a Partisan View
Flannery O'Connor, From Letters 1954-1955
Flannery O'Connor, Writing Short Stories
Flannery O'Connor, A Reasonable Use of the Unreasonable
V. S. Pritchett, Flannery O'Connor: Satan Comes to Georgia
Robert H. Brinkmeyer, Jr., Flannery O'Connor and Her Readers
Dorothy Tuck McFarland, On "Good Country People"
Wayne C. Booth, A Rhetorical Reading of O'Connor's "Everything That Rises Must Converge"
*Sally Fitzgerald, Southern Sources of "A Good Man Is Hard to Find"
Edgar Allan Poe, The Importance of the Single Effect in a Prose Tale
D. H. Lawrence, On "The Fall of the House of Usher" and "The Cask of Amontillado"
Cleanth Brooks and Robert Penn Warren, A New Critical Reading of "The Fall of the House of Usher"
James W. Gargano, The Question of Poe's Narrators in "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Cask of Amontillado"
J. Gerald Kennedy, On "The Fall of the House of Usher"
David S. Reynolds, Poe's Art of Transformation in "The Cask of Amontillado"
Joan Dayan, Amorous Bondage: Poe, Ladies, and Slaves

1. Storytelling Before the Emergence of the Short Story
2. A Brief History of the Short Story
3. The Elements of Fiction
4. Writing about Short Stories
5. Glossary of Literary Terms
6. Chronological Listing of Authors and Stories

* new to this edition