The Oxford Book of English Short Stories

The Oxford Book of English Short Stories


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From Anthony Trollope, Charles Dickens, and Thomas Hardy, through Rudyard Kipling, H.G. Wells, D.H. Lawrence, and Virginia Woolf, right up to Graham Greene, J.G. Ballard, Angela Carter, Ian McEwan, and many others, The Oxford Book of English Short Stories encompasses comedy and tragedy, farce and delicacy, elegance and the grotesque. Edited by noted novelist A. S. Byatt, the thirty-seven stories gathered here range from social realism to surreal fantasy, from rural poverty to war-blitzed London, from tales of the supernatural to precise delineations of the mundane, all unified by Byatts demanding criteria that the works be both startling and satisfying, and if possible make the hairs on the neck prickle with excitement, aesthetic or narrative. For short story lovers and anyone unable to resist the enchantments of the English imagination, The Oxford Book of English Short Stories offers a wide array of unforgettable pleasures, now reissued with a fresh, contemporary feel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199561605
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 05/07/2009
Series: Oxford Books of Prose & Verse Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 219,113
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

A.S. Byatt is a prize-winning novelist, essayist, reviewer, and broadcaster. Her books include Possession, The Matisse Stories, and Angels and Insects.


London, England; France

Date of Birth:

August 24, 1936

Place of Birth:

Sheffield, England


B.A., Newnham College, Cambridge, 1957; graduate study at Bryn Mawr College and Somerville College

Table of Contents

William Gilbert (1540-1603) The Sacristan of St Botolph1
Charles Dickens (1812-1870) The Haunted House18
Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) Relics of General Chasse: A Tale of Antwerp44
Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) A Mere Interlude63
Mary Mann (1848-1929) Little Brother93
M. R. James (1862-1936) Two Doctors97
Arthur Morrison (1863-1945) Behind the Shade105
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) 'Wireless'110
H. G. Wells (1866-1946) Under the Knife127
Charlotte Mew (1869-1928) A White Night139
Saki (1870-1916) The Toys of Peace155
G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936) The Tremendous Adventures of Major Brown160
A. E. Coppard (1878-1957) Some Talk of Alexander180
P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975) The Reverent Wooing of Archibald188
Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) Solid Objects204
D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930) The Man who Loved Islands210
Ronald Firbank (1886-1926) A Tragedy in Green233
Sylvia Townsend Warner (1893-1978) A Widow's Quilt243
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) Nuns at Luncheon250
Malachi Whitaker (1895-1976) Landlord of the Crystal Fountain264
V. S. Pritchett (1900-1997) On the Edge of the Cliff270
Rosamond Lehmann (1901-1990) A Dream of Winter286
Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966) An Englishman's Home295
Graham Greene (1904-1991) The Destructors311
H. E. Bates (1905-1974) The Waterfall325
T. H. White (1906-1964) The Troll345
Elizabeth Taylor (1912-1975) The Blush355
Penelope Fitzgerald (1916- ) At Hiruharama362
Leonora Carrington (1917- ) My Flannel Knickers369
Alan Sillitoe (1928- ) Enoch's Two Letters372
J. G. Ballard (1930- ) Dream Cargoes381
John Fuller (1937- ) Telephone396
John Fuller (1937- ) My Story398
Angela Carter (1940-1992) The Kiss400
Rose Tremain (1943- ) The Beauty of the Dawn Shift403
Ian McEwan (1948- ) Solid Geometry420
Philip Hensher (1965- ) Dead Languages435

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