The Penguin Book of English Short Stories Editor Christopher Dolley

Title: Penguin Book of English Short Stories

Authors: Christopher Dolley (Editor), Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Joseph Conrad, Rudyard Kipling, H.G. Wells, W. Somerset Maugham, James Joyce , Virginia Woolf, D.H. Lawrence, Katherine Mansfield, Joyce Cary, Aldoux Huxley, V.S. Pritchett, Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, Angus Wilson

ISBN 10: 0-14-002617-7

ISBN 13: 978-0140026177

Language: English

Publisher: Penguin Books

Genre/Subject: Short Stories

Place of publication: UK

Year Published: January 3, 1967

Edition: 1

Binding: Pocket

Number of Pages: 336

Dimensions (mm): 110 x 20 x 180 mm (5 x 0.8 x 7.7 inches)

Shipping Weight (g): 250 g (8.5 ounces)


The last hundred years or so have proved fertile ground for the short story. Writers of genius from Dickens and Hardy to Angus Wilson annd Graham Greene have received exceptional praise fro their skilful handling of this art form.

This volume contains sixteen examples of the short story at its best: concise, evocative and hugely entertaining. Some, for example James Joyce's 'The Dead', are classics; others, like Evelyn Waugh's 'Mr Loveday's Little Outing', are perhaps less familiar. Nethertheless, each one is a perfect demonstration of how subtle and satisfying the short story medium can be. 

The Golden Age of the English short story lies from its first wide acceptance in the middle of the nineteenth century until the middle of the twentieth, a period when there were a great many outlets in Britain for shorter fictions.
The Penguin Book of English Short Stories celebrates this period through some of the most widely known writers of the time. Though many of the chosen authors are more generally known for their novels, here they provide some perfect examples of much shorter work.
Each of these concise, evocative, subtle and satisfying stories is a little jewel, providing a small window into another world.
This volume contains sixteen examples of the English short story at its best: immediately captivating and hugely entertaining. Some stories are classics, such as James Joyce's "The Dead"; others - like 'Mr Loveday's "Little Outing" by Evelyn Waugh - are relatively unknown and a joy to discover. The collection also includes Charles Dickens' premonitory tale, "The Signalman" which was inspired by his own horrific experiences in a train crash. Katherine Mansfield's "The Voyage", meanwhile, is a sensual narrative centring on a boat journey and set in her native New Zealand. Virginia Woolf's "Kew Gardens" is different again, dramatically evoking its setting, awash with colour and light. Tragic or comic, traditional or modernist, each and every piece demonstrates perfectly how the short story form can be as engaging and satisfying as a novel, if not more so.



Editorial Foreword   7

Acknowledgements   9

Charles Dickens (1812-70)    The Signalman   11

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)   The Withered Arm    25

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)     An Outpost of Progress     56

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)       At the End of the Passage     82

H. G. Wells (1866-1946)      The Country of the Blind      103

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)    The Force of Circumstance     129

James Joyce (1882-1941)    The Dead       157

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)   Kew Gardens    201

D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)    Fanny and Annie     208

Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923)    The Voyage      224

Joyce Cary (1888-1957)    The Breakout    233

Aldoux Huxley (1894-1963)    The Gioconda Smile    251

V. S. Pritchett (1900-1997)  The Fly in the Ointment  283

Evelyn Waugh (1903-66)  Mr Loveday's Letter Outing   293

Graham Greene (1904-91)  Across the Bridge     302

Angus Wilson (1913-91)   Raspberry Jam     313


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