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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 StoDuring 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....

Title : The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction
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The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction Reviews

  • Lenora Good
    2019-03-24 22:31

    At almost 1800 pages, this is not a book to read in bed, unless you are a weightlifter as well as a reader, and have exceptionally strong wrists. The pages are thin, but it still weighs a ton! And that's exactly what it is—a ton of good reading.Part One of the book is a collection of short stories arranged alphabetically by author. I started them all and finished most of them. It is a great collection of stories by authors as varied as Salman Rushdie, Flannery O'Connor, and Leslie Marmon Silko. Part Two is a collection of commentaries by and or about the authors. I did not read all of them, but since it is my book, I shall probably go back to them in the future.This book is, I am sure, a textbook used in various colleges, and perhaps even high schools. Don't let that be off-putting. It is a marvelous collection, and if you aren't sure if you like an author, it's a good way to find out. Some authors I like better than others. We're all like that.

  • Emorgan05
    2019-03-22 21:43

    So this is the new textbook that I am using in my Introduction to Fiction class. I generally don't count short stories (except those that are featured on my list of books I haven't read), but I've read this entire book now (in the past two weeks) and I want credit for that!To the actual review part, this is a great anthology. There is an amazingly wide variety of stories pulled together here and great choices were made about which to include. My one disappointment is that Chambers has focused so much on recent short stories that some of the older classics were just ignored. But sometimes that is how it has to be. In addition to the stories themselves, the information about the authors, additional critical essays, and other information is all really well done and well chosen. This isn't the type of book that you take on a trip when you want to read short stories on a plane, but it's a good anthology and wouldn't be a bad choice to have around the house to pick up at random free moments.

  • Lizgreen79
    2019-03-22 22:42

    This is a great choice for an intro to lit class. I used it for my Short Story Writing class this fall with great results. It has an excellent far-reaching selection of "canonical," "multi-cultural" and "marginal/experimental" texts and the latest edition even includes a section on graphic novels in the back. Tried and true. I also look forward to dipping into it here and there for years to come and would be happy to teach with it again.

  • Josiphine/Tessa
    2019-03-13 21:25

    Obviously I didn't read the whole thing. This class just about changed my mind about short stories. (view spoiler)[“The Story of an Hour” (Chopin)“The Cask of Amontillado” (Poe) “The Necklace” (de Maupassant)“The Darling “ (Chekhov)“The Dead” (Joyce)“Hills Like White Elephants” (Hemingway)“Black Man and White Woman in Dark Green Rowboat" (Banks) “Beg, sl tog, inc, cont, rep“ (Hempel)“Interpreter of Maladies” (Lahiri) “Nawabdin Electrician” (Mueenuddin)“The Management of Grief” (Mukherjee)“Brownies” (Packard)“Bad Neighbors” (Jones)“Who’s Irish?” (Jen)“Yellow Woman” (Silko) “Vengeance” (Allende)“Circular Ruins” (Borges)“A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” (Marquez)“Everyday Use” (Walker)“The Things They Carried” (O’Brien)“August 2026” (Bradbury)“Shiloh” (Mason)Raymond Carver casebook“Prisoner on the Hell Planet“ (Speigelman)"Fun Home" (Bechtel)“Persepolis” (Satrapi)“The Rememberer” (Bender)“Snow” (Beattie)“Things You Should Know” (Homes)“Water Names” (Chang) (hide spoiler)]

  • Jessica Martin
    2019-02-25 15:14

    I had to purchase this for my first college English class and really loved the variety of stories and authors. The class I used this text for was a huge factor in why I chose to major in English. It's a great book to have on your shelf. I find myself turning back to it all the time to reread some of my favorite stories and to get acquainted with the style of authors I'm curious about of stories that are referenced in academic articles. It's a great way for someone who is just starting out on their literary journey and are not sure what they enjoy reading to get a taste of different styles in much smaller doses.

  • Mr. Brammer
    2019-03-19 16:31

    There are some earth-shattering works of fiction here - Tolstoy's "The Death of Ivan Ilych", Ellison's "Battle Royale", Joyce Carol Oates' "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been". The anthology is arranged alphabetically, so there is a thematic randomness if you read it straight through. The variety of modern and contemporary stories reveal one common trait of genius writers - the ability to observe the human scene.

  • Clare Azzopardi
    2019-02-27 16:42

    a perfect book for those who want to know more about the short story ...

  • Cassie
    2019-02-24 16:43

    I did not read all the stories as this was for school, but I enjoyed the selection of stories and authors avalible. The biggest problem I had was Ann Charters appendices which had less information than my high school text books.

  • Anne
    2019-03-17 21:29

    Now I need a new bedtime book!

  • Maki
    2019-03-15 19:38

    My favourite book that I read in College for English class. I loved all of the short stories in this book.

  • Aaron
    2019-03-07 20:40

    (Note: this review is for the ninth edition) I was in a survey of fiction class this semester that used this book and I couldn't be happier with it. I decided to buy it (rather than rent it) as soon as I noticed the cover was a drawing by Adrian Tomine. Soon enough I realized that Ann Charters managed to include five graphic stories in this anthology among all the other great pieces. This is the most exciting anthology I've seen in college and it blows Norton and Longman's out of the water in my opinion. Lots got a wide range of stories, plenty of commentary works, and the best part is that the majority of the pieces in here are written by writers of fiction. There are pieces of criticism by critics but most are short and present specific arguments for discussion in the classroom. Until I find something better, I'll have this in mind for when it's my turn to teach some lit classes.

  • Jared
    2019-03-24 21:36

    One of the books I had to get during a college course that I'm glad I did. Someday I'll hunt down another copy to keep around.This is a great resource for short fiction, this type of book is something I'd like to see more of. With collected short stories, you don't often get the appendices of discussing the parts of a story. And that makes sense: you're not looking for a course on reading with every anthology you pick up.Even so, Charters includes a list of questions to ask yourself when writing a short story, covering all her elements: POV, style, character, plot, setting, all that good stuff. They're good questions to keep in mind, even if many of them are obvious as you're writing.

  • kelley
    2019-03-17 16:22

    I read this book because It's been a long time since I was in school and needed a refresher course on how to write a short story. This is my son's college text book. I found it helpful and informative with just two short chapters on what elements are found in a short story. The rest of the 1069 pages of this book are short story selections and notes about the authors. I did not read the entire book. But I did read a number of the stories. It's been kind of fun reading a little story here and there instead of a novel. I think I'll leave this book sitting by my chair, so when I feel like reading but don't have time to spend with a novel--I'll read another story.

  • Michael Mayer
    2019-03-04 18:20

    I read Charters when I started reading up on Kerouac and his crew; it didn't dawn on me until later that she had also edited my undergraduate short story writing textbook. I ended up dropping the course but kept the book. This is one of the best anthologies out there with hardly a stinker in the bunch (over 1000 pages of stories). Some of my favorite authors and their best short stories are here: Raymond Carter, Angela Carter, Joyce Carol Oates, Flannery O'Connor with commentary both by these authors and on these authors. "A Good Man is Hard to Find" and "Where are you going, where have you been?" manage to creep me out every time I read them.

  • Chloe
    2019-02-22 16:22

    In the way of textbooks this one is really incredible. It has a truly great collection of short stories, and yes, there are fewer than the full edition, but it is almost more essential as a result. They have narrowed it down to the most key and often used. Every story I have read from this so far has been really gifted writing. The supplemental materials in the book are also at times interesting. Mostly, I really just recommend the book for the quality of short stories collected herein.

  • Jose Moch
    2019-03-08 14:35

    Great for college students. It gives pointers from the very same writers about how to read and write short stories. Their comments about their own work or that others is really enlightening. It is also very helpful for students since it teaches in one section how to write essays. The only think that I didn't like and that's the reason I didn't give it five stars was because it doesn't include some great short story writers like O'Henry, Capote and Henry James among many others.

  • Steve
    2019-02-26 17:27

    This was the text for my English Literature class at BYU. Financial circumstances caused me to sell it and regret it for years. I found a different edition that is missing a few of the stories I loved, like The Catbird Seat and The Things They Carried, but it has The Yellow Wallpaper, Young Goodman Brown,and A Good Man Is Hard To Find. This is a great collection of short stories and commentary on those stories.

  • Deborah A.
    2019-03-13 20:16

    I reviewed a lot of short story anthologies to teach a short fiction class, and this one was wonderful. It includes a lot of the classics students hadn't read on their own -- Gogol, Chekhov, Kafka, and contemporary writers as well. Concise bios and a whole section of critical essays. The students loved it, as did I. My only complaint is that it's printed on the thinnest, most see-through paper you've ever seen.

  • Leorah
    2019-02-25 18:28

    Taking a class in reading the greats. This anthology looks fantastic! First two stories to read: Marquez and Bender.For this class we read quite a few of the stories in this collection. It is a wonderful anthology. Seems as if some stories are found in all my anthologies, but I was exposed to some new writers such as Bender and really enjoyed expanding my knowledge base.

  • Kathryn
    2019-02-22 16:29

    I have read many of these short stories before, but my favorite this time around was James Joyce's "The Dead." I cant believe after all these years of education, I had never read this short story before. It was amazing.I also liked the commentary at the end of the book that included critiques of works within the book, essays by authors, writing/reading advice and so much more.

  • Faye
    2019-02-24 17:18

    I didn't read the book cover to cover. One rarely does in a text book situation. There are so many wonderful short stories in the book. Some I had read and some I hadn't. I especially love the profiles on each author and how they discussed a bit about their writing process and style. This is a book I'll keep instead of selling back because you'll never find so many great stories in one place!

  • Laura Neu
    2019-03-12 16:40

    This is the most incredible compilation. Not only does it include a vast array of authors (from Shirley Jackson to Edgar Allan Poe to George Saunders, to Alice Munro) but it includes a comprehensive collection of essays by renowned authors and critics alike, not to mention sections on how to write, etc. This is truly a phenomenal text.

  • Dallian
    2019-02-27 22:15

    Obviously I haven't gotten to every story in this compilation yet but I have gained insight from every one that I have. Great buy - worth every penny, and I'd recommend it to anyone. I bought it for school and I've never been more happy with a class-assigned text.

  • Omnipotent Dystopian Now
    2019-02-22 19:28

    Packed with excellent short stories-new and old. This is a nice compilation to keep on the night stand for a quick read before bed, or a just a good way to discover talented writers you may not have heard of.

  • Erin
    2019-03-06 18:21

    I have used this book, in its many editions, in my Art of the Short Story class. I love the selection, although she still hasn't chosen just the right David Foster Wallace Story ("Forever Overhead" would be my choice) and must include "Here We Aren't, So Quickly" in the next iteration.

  • Angie
    2019-02-22 20:16

    I took a short story class and even though the class wasn't amazing I really enjoy this book. I haven't read all the stories of course but I discovered a lot of great authors and have found a lot of good books threw this book

  • Quirkyreader
    2019-03-13 19:26

    This was one of my university text books. I used it in combination with my Norton's and Fiction 100 book.This book contains Faulkner's supernatural stories, "The Rockinghorse Winner" and "A Rose For Emily".

  • Nina
    2019-03-10 17:34

    text for my short story writing class... it's a really good anthology, includes old guys like hemingway and faulkner and awesome female writers like margaret atwood and jhumpa lahiri, so far my new fav writer is sherwood anderson

  • Dacie
    2019-02-23 20:37

    This is a wonderful collection of short stories and writers' commentaries. We only delved into a handful during the course of my Literature class, but there are over one hundred traditional, classic, and new short stories to enjoy. This is a great book to have on hand!

  • Peggy
    2019-02-28 22:13

    So far, my favorites are Woody Allen's "Kugelmass Episode," Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings," and Lorrie Moore's "How to Become a Writer." Allen and Moore's pieces are hilarious, and Marquez's is as brilliant as his novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude."