“This is a wonderful collection of authors from America and around the world. Centuries are covered, making this a great resource for English teachers and any lover of literature.” — Life Community Church
This treasury of one hundred tales offers students and other readers of short fiction a splendid selection of stories by masters of the form. Contributors from around the world include Edgar Allan Poe, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Guy de Maupassant, Charles Dickens, Anton Chekhov, Mark Twain, Saki, Luigi Pirandello, Kate Chopin, and Ring Lardner.
The stories, which are arranged chronologically, begin with tales by Daniel Defoe («The Apparition of Mrs. Veal,” 1705), Benjamin Franklin («Alice Addertongue,” 1732), and Washington Irving («The Devil and Tom Walker,” 1824). Highlights from the nineteenth century include Ivan Turgenev's “The District Doctor” (1852), Sarah Orne Jewett's “A White Heron” (1886), Thomas Hardy's “Squire Petrick's Lady” (1891), and Rudyard Kipling's “Wee Willie Winkie” (1899). From the twentieth century come James Joyce's “Araby” (1914), Franz Kafka's “The Judgment” (1916), Virginia Woolf's “The Mark on the Wall” (1921), “The Broken Boot” (1923) by John Galsworthy, and many others.
“A fabulous collections of stories sure to please any reader! The chronological layout is perfect for those looking to explore the development of stories over time and their relation to society.” — Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library