The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction, Shorter 7th Edition
The classroom standard for readers and aspiring writers of fiction, The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction offers the most comprehensive, engaging selection of classic and contemporary stories in the field.
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Here are some of my favorite discoveries:
"Anna on the Neck" made me want to read more Anton Chekhov. A poorer woman fears m ...more
Want to read more Flannery O'Connor. She has a nice southern story tellers voice. Read "A Good Man is Hard to Find." It was good, suspenseful, yet as with most short stories, has a disturbing ending!Doesn't anyone write short stories with satisfying, or positive end ...more
The Fall of the House of Usher - Poe, 1840
The Birthmark - Hawthorne, 1846
Story of an Hour - Chopin, 1891
The Yellow Wallpaper - Perkins Gilman, 1892
The Metamorphosis - Kafka, 1915
Why I Live at the PO - Welty, 1941
Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote - Borges, 1944
The Lottery - Jackson, 1948
The Handsomest Drowned Man - Gracia Marquez, 1968
The Ones Who Walk Away - Le Guin, 1973
Me and Miss Mandible - Barthelme, 1981
In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried - Hempel, 198 ...more
Atwood, Margaret. "Death by Landscape." 3 stars. Finished 4/13/15.
Bell, Madison Smartt. "Witness." 5 stars. Finished 3/23/15.
Bradbury, Ray. "The Veldt." 5 stars. Finished 1/22/15. (science-fiction)
Cather, Willa. "Paul's Case." 3 stars. Finished 2/25/15.
Cheever, John. "The Enormous Radio." 3 stars. Finished 1/22/15. (science-fiction)
Chopin, Kate. "The Story of an Hour." 4 stars. Finished 3/4/15.
Cortázar, Julio. "A Contin ...more
The Veldt by Ray Bradbury – I have read it before and enjoyed it, but I think it struck me even harder this time. How close have we come to being addicted to electronics, and making them our family?
Stephen Crane has wonderful, rich characters.
Isak Dinesen’s Sorrow-Acre was one of the best stories. Multiple plo ...more
My personal favorites of this collection include "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce, "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver, and Philip Roth's "Conversion of t ...more
a fantastic array of authors (tim o'brien, capote, faulkner, chopin, etc) - it's a good way to dip into authors you've been interested in reading. i enjoyed the selection of stories by authors i'd read before, and was pleasantly satisfied with the ones i hadn't.
definitely a "good read".
also, i'll always have a special place in my heart for norton's.
Gabriel García Márquez's story The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World is a masterpiece. It's like One Hundred Years of Solitude distilled into its purest spirit, fit onto just a few pages.
Some good, some mediocre - didn't come across any that I disliked.
There are also some reviews and commentaries, which were an interesting read. Lots of content, maybe a bit too much, felt sort of a heavy read.
Cathedral by Raymond Carver. READ IT!
The Dead by James Joyce.