The Oxford Book of Short Stories

ISBN : 9780199583133

V. S. Pritchett
576 Pages
130 x 195 mm
Pub date
Mar 2010
Oxford Books of Prose & Verse
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  • A personal collection by a distinguished writer of short stories, novels, and travel books
  • An impressive list of authors including Sir Walter Scott, Mark Twain, Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, H. E. Bates, William Trevor
  • 41 stories from nine countries


V. S. Pritchett, one our greatest short-story writers, has chosen forty-one stories written in the English language for this volume, producing a collection that successfully displays the wealth and variety of an art that spans some 200 years.
Great Britain, America, and especially Eire have fine traditions of short-story writing that have developed from the time of Sir Walter Scott and Nathaniel Hawthorne, while in the last century the art was perfected by Ernest Hemingway, D. H. Lawrence, W. Somerset Maugham, John Updike, and V. S. Pritchett himself. The Irish contribution includes such masters as James Joyce, Frank O'Connor, and Liam O'Flaherty, and stories by Canadian, Indian, New Zealand, and Australian writers show the full range of invention and ability in a genre that continues to flourish.


The Two Drovers, Sir Walter Scott
The Birthmark, Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Fall of the House of Usher, Edgar Allan Poe
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, Mark Twain
The Iliad of Sandy Bar, Bret Harte
The Coupe de Grâce, Ambrose Bierce
Paste, Henry James
Thrawn Janet, Robert Louis Stevenson
The Secret Sharer, Joseph Conrad
The Record of Badalia Herodsfoot, Rudyard Kipling
Telemachus, Friend, O. Henry
Sredni Vashtar, Hector Hugh Munro ('Saki')
The Open Boat, Stephen Crane
An Ideal Craftsman, Walter de la Mare
An Official Position, W. Somerset Maugham
I Want to Know Why, Sherwood Anderson
The Field of Mustard, A.E. Coppard
Grace, James Joyce
The Rocking-Horse Winner, D.H. Lawrence
Who Dealt?, Ring Lardner
The Woman at the Store, Katherine Mansfield
Flowering Judas, Katherine Anne Porter
The Tent, Liam O'Flaherty
Dry September, William Faulkner
Hills Like White Elephants, Ernest Hemingway
The Demon Lover, Elizabeth Bowen
Many Are Disappointed, V.S. Pritchett
Sinners, Sean O'Faoláin
Guests of the Nation, Frank O'Connor
The Runaway, Morley Callaghan
Never, H.E. Bates
A Horse and Two Goats, R.K. Narayan
A Visit of Charity, Eudora Welty
Various Temptations, William Sansom
My Vocation, Mary Lavin
Five-Twenty, Patrick White
Goodbye, My Brother, John Cheever
Mrs Fortescue, Doris Lessing
Parker's Back, Flannery O'Connor
Going Home, William Trevor
Lifeguard, John Updike
References and Acknowledgements
Index of Authors

About the author: 

Edited by the late V. S. Pritchett, Novelist, short-story writer, critic, biographer, and traveller
Sir Walter Scott
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Edgar Allan Poe
Mark Twain
Bret Harte
Ambrose Bierce
Henry James
Robert Louis Stevenson
Joseph Conrad
Rudyard Kipling
O. Henry
Hector Hugh Munro ('Saki')
Stephen Crane
Walter de la Mare
W. Somerset Maugham
Sherwood Anderson
A.E. Coppard
James Joyce
D.H. Lawrence
Ring Lardner
Katherine Mansfield
Katherine Anne Porter
Liam O'Flaherty
William Faulkner
Ernest Hemingway
Elizabeth Bowen
V.S. Pritchett
Sean O'Faoláin
Frank O'Connor
Morley Callaghan
H.E. Bates
R.K. Narayan
Eudora Welty
William Sansom
Mary Lavin
Patrick White
John Cheever
Doris Lessing
Flannery O'Connor
William Trevor
John Updike

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