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Paperback The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction Book

ISBN: 0393975096

ISBN13: 9780393975093

The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction

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Book Overview

This 6th edition features 16 commentaries written for the anthology by contemporary writer, to provide students with a sense of how fiction writers read their contemporaries and the classics. The Writers on Writing section features 21 brief interviews and essays that illuminate the practice of writing fiction. Two pieces are new to this section: Gail Godwin on Becoming a Writer, and an interview with Doris Lessing.

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Selections of Literary Merit

This book was definitely worth it. It includes many important fiction writers and is a good tool to have for aspiring writers. These are great authors to model after and borrow techniques from.

Great anthology, but one minor complaint about this edition

Yet another wonderful Norton anthology, but I have only one disappointment: this "shorter seventh edition" excludes "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson, which was in the "shorter sixth edition." This is a classic short story and I can't quite get my head around as to why they chose to omit this of all stories from this edition. :-( This was one (of many) reasons I ordered this book-- I didn't imagine they'd pull that story... There are a few nice additions however, such as more than one story now by O'Connor and Faulkner (I don't believe "A Rose for Emily" was in the sixth edition). All my whinging aside, you can't go wrong with Norton's. It's still one of the better anthologies.

Comprehensive Collection

This volume is a comprehensive collection of short fiction that gives the reader a clear view of the canon of short fiction. Richard Bausch has also collected a wide range of short pieces on writing fiction that offer insights into the art and process of fiction. A great collection!

Awesome book full of classics

I bought this book for a class, but I will keep it and refer back to it everytime I need to read a classic.

thanks, LIT 235!

I had to buy this book for my Literature class. It's really heavy, really long and it cost a lot of money. But it turned out that I read a lot more than just for class. I like books, but I'm really into them, so I was really surprised by how much I liked these stories. I am still going through them, learning about authors. "Bartleby The Scrivener," "The Golden Wallpaper," "Araby," "Me and Miss Mandible," and "A Good Man Is Hard To Find" are favorites. I can't understand problem somebody else had with the authors' best work not being included. Judging a book solely on what's there, this is great.
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