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Ten classic short novels appear in this collection by noted editor Neider. The contents include: Benito Cereno by Herman Melville, Notes from Underground by F. M. Dostoyevsky, A Simple Heart by Gustave Flaubert, The Death of Ivan Ilych by L. N. Tolstoy, The Aspern Papers by Henry James, Ward No. 6 by A. P. Chekhov, Death in Venice by Thomas Mann, The Dead by James Joyce (r ...more
Paperback, 648 pages
Published June 26th 2001 by Cooper Square Press (first published January 1901)
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Gloria
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I feel like I'm cheating adding this to my year's book count because I've been picking away at this for, literally, a couple of years. It sits on my shelf, I take it down, digest a story or two, and put it back. Courtesy of a bout of insomnia lately, I was actually able to finish it.

It also seems a trifle unfair to rate it as a whole when the individual stories would vary so differently for me. I would find myself getting bogged down by some (Melville- sorry, Herman) and being carried along effo
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Carrie
Jan 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
Some very good stuff and some stuff I had to claw my way through. This was the book where I realized that Dostoyevsky never fails to make me sleepy. But Flaubert's "A Simple Heart" and James's "The Aspern Papers" were favorites and (mostly) made up for slogging through Melville and Dostoyevsky.
Alyssa
May 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Obviously some of the selections are better than others (really, truly, deeply not a fan of the Lawrence,) but overall a fine collection and example of the short novel genre as a whole.
James
Nov 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
An excellent collection that includes such faultless novellas as The Dead, Notes from Underground, and Death in Venice.
Cindy
Sep 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Novellas are perfect right now. Short and sweet, but these delve into deeper thoughts of human nature, life, and of course death. Should be good! Plus, I'll finally read Death In Venice.
Mark Dickson
May 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: partially-read
I found this volume in a library book sale oh-so-many years ago. I was charmed by the dedication, "to Mark." Over the years I have read nearly all the novels contained and each one was epiphanal.
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"The name of Charles Neider is familiar to everyone in the field of Mark Twain studies. Born in 1915, he did most of his work on Mark Twain between the late 1950s and the mid-1980s.

A man of many parts, Neider would make an interesting study in his own right. He was born in Odessa, Russia, on January 18, 1915 and came to the United States in 1920. After graduating from City College of New York in
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