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This important anthology is an exceptionally wide-ranging alphabetically arranged collection that includes writers of the 19th and 20th centuries and spans all genres of short fiction. It covers myth, fairy tale, humor, western, detective, science fiction, gothic, fantasy, and folktale. Designed to familiarize readers with major writers and differing approaches to the art ...more
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This is a fantastic book of short story. I appreciate how it has authors from multiple backgrounds, time periods, and countries. Two of my favorite stories are "the use of force" by Williams and "A good man is hard to find" by O'Connor, but I've read both of of those before. I had several that I loved from authors I never read stories that I had never read. "We can remember it for you wholesale" by Dick and "Johnny mnemonic" by Gibson both great science fiction short stories that were amazing to ...more
This book is an anthology of nineteenth and twentieth century authors, and features short fiction of many different genres. One of my favorite works included in this collection is the tale of "Rip Van Winkle", by Washington Irving. This classic tale of a man who falls asleep for twenty years and awakens to a very different world, was an enjoyable and thought-provoking read. Another story which I appreciated was entitled "The Lady with the Dog", by Anton Chekhov. This tale involved an adulterous ...more
All the stories in this book were very interesting and thought provoking. My favorite story I read from this book was "Sonny's Blues". James Baldwin did an excellent job of describing the hardships that Sonny experienced in Urban Harlem. I am very grateful that Charles H. Bohner wrote this book.
Thick book with a massive collection of short stories. Enjoyed reading the stories, which do not reflect Bohner's writing skills since he didn't really do anything other than put other people's works in there. Not much to say except that people who enjoy reading short fiction will definitely like looking through this book.