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The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction

by Ann Charters (Editor)

Other authors: Abe Akira (Contributor), Chinua Achebe (Contributor), Sherman Alexie (Contributor), Paula Gunn Allen (Contributor), Woody Allen (Contributor)91 more, Isabel Allende (Contributor), Dorothy Allison (Contributor), Robert Altman (Contributor), Julia Alvarez (Contributor), Martin Amis (Contributor), Sherwood Anderson (Contributor), Margaret Atwood (Contributor), Isaac Babel (Contributor), James Baldwin (Contributor), Toni Cade Bambara (Contributor), Russell Banks (Contributor), John Barth (Contributor), Donald Barthelme (Contributor), Rosalie Murphy Baum (Contributor), Ann Beattie (Contributor), Samuel Beckett (Contributor), Gina Berriault (Contributor), Wayne C. Booth (Contributor), Tadeusz Borowski (Contributor), Leslie Brill (Contributor), Robert H. Brinkmeyer (Contributor), Italo Calvino (Contributor), Albert Camus (Contributor), Ethan Canin (Contributor), Angela Carter (Contributor), Charles Chesnutt (Contributor), Sandra Cisneros (Contributor), Robert Coles (Contributor), Julio Cortázar (Contributor), Junot Díaz (Contributor), Don DeLillo (Contributor), Anthony Di Renzo (Contributor), Richard Ellmann (Contributor), Mary Gaitskill (Contributor), Tess Gallagher (Contributor), Mavis Gallant (Contributor), Gabriel García Márquez (Contributor), Sandra M. Gilbert (Contributor), Susan Gubar (Contributor), Janice H. Harris (Contributor), Bessie Head (Contributor), Carolyn G. Heilbrun (Contributor), Amy Hempel (Contributor), James Hillman (Contributor), Washington Irving (Contributor), Corinne Jacker (Contributor), Gustav Janouch (Contributor), Gish Jen (Contributor), Tom Jenks (Contributor), Charles Johnson (Contributor), W. P. Kinsella (Contributor), Olga Knipper (Contributor), Margaret Laurence (Contributor), Ursula Le Guin (Contributor), Leslie Lee (Contributor), Simon O. Lesser (Contributor), Clarice Lispector (Contributor), Lu Xun (Contributor), Ellen McCracken (Contributor), Dorothy Tuck McFarland (Contributor), J. Hillis Miller (Contributor), Lorrie Moore (Contributor), Bharati Mukherjee (Contributor), Vladimir Nabokov (Contributor), J. C. C. Nachtigal (Contributor), Tim O'Brien (Contributor), Julián Olivares (Contributor), Jay Parini (Contributor), William Sydney Porter (Contributor), V. S. Pritchett (Contributor), Alvina E. Quintana (Contributor), Philip Roth (Contributor), Gabrielle Roy (Contributor), Peter Rudy (Contributor), Salman Rushdie (Contributor), Edward Said (Contributor), Arthur M. Saltzman (Contributor), Carol Shields (Contributor), Leslie Marmon Silko (Contributor), John Simon (Contributor), Jane Smiley (Contributor), Susan Sontag (Contributor), Gertrude Stein (Contributor), Amy Tan (Contributor), Lionel Trilling (Contributor), Henri Troyat (Contributor), Helena María Viramontes (Contributor), Kurt Vonnegut (Contributor), John Edgar Wideman (Contributor), Tobias Wolff (Contributor), Marc Zimmerman (Contributor)

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During her many years of teaching introduction to fiction courses, Ann Charters developed an acute sense of which stories work most effectively in the classroom. She also discovered that writers, not editors, have the most interesting and useful things to say about the making and the meaning of fiction. Accordingly, her choice of fiction in the first edition of her The Story and Its Writer was as notable for its student appeal as it was for its quality and range. And to complement these stories, she introduced a lasting innovation: an array of the writers' own commentaries on the craft and traditions of the short story. In subsequent editions her sense of what works was confirmed as the book evolved into the most comprehensive, diverse-- and bestselling -- introduction to fiction anthology. Instructors rely on Ann Charters' ability to assemble an authoritative and teachable anthology, and anticipate each edition's selection of new writers and stories.… (more)

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An excellent short fiction anthology which includes insightful and entertaining commentary from thirty-five of the eighty-four authors represented. ( )
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Charters, AnnEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Abe AkiraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Achebe, ChinuaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Alexie, ShermanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Allen, Paula GunnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Cortázar, JulioContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Gubar, SusanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harris, Janice H.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Head, BessieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Hillman, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Irving, WashingtonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Jen, GishContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Kinsella, W. P.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Lu XunContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McCracken, EllenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McFarland, Dorothy TuckContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Miller, J. HillisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moore, LorrieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mukherjee, BharatiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nabokov, VladimirContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nachtigal, J. C. C.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
O'Brien, TimContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Parini, JayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Porter, William SydneyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Smiley, JaneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sontag, SusanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stein, GertrudeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tan, AmyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Trilling, LionelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Troyat, HenriContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Viramontes, Helena MaríaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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