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The Seagull Reader: Fiction

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W. W. Norton proudly announces the Seagull Readers, a new collection of the most frequently taught stories. Ideal for genre or introductory literature courses, the Seagull Readers offer a compact and affordable alternative to larger anthologies. Each volume includes a wide selection of both classic and contemporary works, as well as a thorough introduction to each genre an ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published October 1st 2000)
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I have had a number of customers request one or another SEAGULL READER. Finally, I noticed that the store was returning THE SEAGULL READER: STORIES. Thinking this was a shame, I decided to buy one. I'm glad I did. It is what it says it is: An anthology "lightly supplemented by editorial apparatus."
These are pretty famous stories, but the introduction, biographical sketches and glossary are unique in that they are to-the-point, informative and, somehow, fresh. His introduction concludes with a li
Aug 06, 2009 Crystal rated it liked it
Wow, what a mix of authors and stories! Of the 29, the best in my opinion, Stephen Crane's The Open Boat; Tillie Olsen's I Stand Here Ironing; Alice Walker's Everyday Use; and Updike's A&P. And the worst ... James Joyce's Araby and Chinua Achebe's Uncle Ben's Choice. More than some stories in this collection nearly made me ill - so violent, dark and too realistic! It is interesting to wonder what makes people tick, how they create such things. Especially Charlotte Perkins Gilman and her The ...more
Jul 26, 2012 Tiffiane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I had to read 25 short stories from this book for my LIT class. Most were amazing and some were totally confusing. It's different learning how to read something with an analytical mind, instead of just for enjoyment. I understand why my teacher chose this book, because the stories all provoke higher level thinking. You have to think outside the box to understand some of them. Of the stories I read, the 2 most profound for me were Cathedral and Hills Like White Elephants. I highly recommend them.
May 16, 2015 Katy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Classic, oft-anthologized stories which are good for upcoming fiction writers. Some of my favorites are "What You Pawn I Will Redeem," Sherman Alexie; "The Yellow Wallpaper," Charlotte Perkins Gilman; "Hills Like White Elephants," Ernest Hemingway; "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been," Joyce Carol Oates; and "A&P," John Updike.
Jul 07, 2012 Larry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently compared a handful of textbooks winnowed down from a much larger list for an Intro to Fiction class. This one did make the final cut. Not bad, but like many collections of this sort too many 'iconic'/'canonic' stories and too few surprises.

Pluses are the clean design (easy on the eyes) and relatively affordable price.
Nov 26, 2012 Morgan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Read most of the stories in this thing. I wasn't particularly impressed, honestly. I guess this just isn't the format style for me. A lot of the stories weren't that interesting to me 'Classics' maybe but really, had I not been assigned to read them I wouldn't have read them.
Jun 08, 2009 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a nice collection of short stories that isn't too large (like so many anthologies). It has a nice range of stories and authors, and also includes a short paragraph intro to each. It would be great for using in high school classrooms.
Mar 13, 2015 Noelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great combination of short stories. A really handy tool for an English Major as most of these stories are often mentioned in other works.
Sep 06, 2012 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was assigned for my comp class, and I've kept it. I like to take it off the shelf and peruse through it.
Dec 30, 2009 Maddy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Some were fabulous, some weren't, some were the 'necessary' classics.
May 03, 2013 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ponderous and entertaining stories.
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