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Ring Lardner

This collection brings together twenty-one of Lardner’s best pieces, including the six Jack Keefe stories that comprise You Know Me, Al, as well as such familiar favorites as “Alibi Ike,” “Some Like Them Cold,” and “Guillible’s Travels.” For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Robert Walser

A collection of writings by Swiss author Robert Walser, including journal entries, stories, notes on literature, biographical sketches, fables, and anecdotes.

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Katherine Mansfield,Angela Smith

'I was jealous of her writing. The only writing I have ever been jealous of.' Virginia Woolf Virginia Woolf was not the only writer to admire Mansfield's work: Thomas Hardy, D. H. Lawrence, and Elizabeth Bowen all praised her stories, and her early death at the age of thirty-four cut short one of the finest short-story writers in the English language. This selection covers the full range of Mansfield's fiction, from her early satirical stories to the subtly nuanced comedy of 'The Daughters of the Late Colonel' and the macabre and ominous 'A Married Man's Story'. The stories that pay what Mansfield calls 'a debt of love' to New Zealand are as sharply etched as the European stories, and she recreates her childhood world with mordant insight. Disruption is a constant theme, whether the tone is comic, tragic, nostalgic, or domestic, echoing Mansfield's disrupted life and the fractured expressions of Modernism. This new edition increases the selection from 27 to 33 stories and prints them in the order in which they first appeared, in the definitive texts established by Anthony Alpers.

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Katherine Mansfield

Katherine Mansfield was an internationally acclaimed New Zealand author who revolutionized 20th-century English short-story writing. She died on January 9 1923. Katherine Mansfield was the pen-name of Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp, she was born 14 October 1888 Wellington, New Zealand and grew up in Thorndon, Wellington, in a family of six children. She left to go to London in 1908 and never returned. However she never lost her ties to the country of her childhood, which became the setting for some of her best known stories, which included 'Prelude' and 'At the Bay'. Mansfield wrote, 'I believe the greatest failing of all is to be frightened'. She lived by this belief and defied convention in her personal life and in her writing. While living in London she mixed widely with London literary circles. She inspired mixed reactions from other authors of the time; Virginia Woolf admitted to being jealous of her writing, but the poet T.S. Eliot described her as 'a thick-skinned toady' and 'a dangerous woman'. She had a long friendship with the novelist D.H. Lawrence and his wife Frieda. She had a long standing relationship with modernist writer John Middleton Murry, whom she eventually married. In December 1917 Mansfield developed pleurisy and was diagnosed as having a spot on the lung which later developed into tuberculosis, Mansfield however refused to enter a sanatorium. On the evening of 9 January 1923 she suffered a fatal haemorrhage in Fontainebleau, France where she had been living and was buried at Avon-Fontainebleau. Mansfield's life and works have inspired biographies, radio and television programs, plays, operatic works and films. Her work has been translated into more than 25 languages.

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Andre Dubus

Twenty-three of the best stories by one of America’s finest practitioners of short fiction John Updike once said of his friend and fellow writer Andre Dubus: “[He] is a shrewd student of people who come to accept pain as a fair price for pleasure, and to view right and wrong as a matter of degree.” Dubus’s characters are depicted in all their imperfection, but with the author’s requisite tenderness and compassion. After all, they are human just as we are human, and their fates not so unlike our own. The short stories and novellas compiled here represent the best work of one of our most accomplished and acutely sensitive authors, and make up an anthology unmatched in its collective portrayal of the human condition. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Andre Dubus including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate.

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Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

Anton Chekhov is widely regarded as one of the greatest writers of short stories. He constructs stories where action and drama are implied rather than described openly, and which leave much to the reader's imagination. This collection contains some of the most important of his earliest and shortest comic sketches, as well as examples of his great, mature works. Throughout, the doctor-turned-writer displays compassion for human suffering and misfortune, but is always able to see the comical, even farcical aspects of the human condition.

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Charles Mangel

Durante is old now. His face is permanently subdivided by ravines that seem to radiate from the well publicized extension in its center. But the skills that first drew people to him in a Coney Island saloon in 1910 still work. Durante continues to play Durante, a warm, good, oppressed, not fully lettered man in whom everyone can see a bit of himself. He is a throwback. In a day when entertainment is a prefabricated commodity and we are told performers are the stars before we even know their skills, Durante raucously reminds us of a time when entertainers were fun, genuine, alive. More than Durante’s nose relates him to the storied wooden boy Pinocchio. They share the same impish, wondering quality. If you believe in numbers, he should have been a lawyer, maybe an insurance salesman. Because the figures were terrible. It was January 7, 1968 and teams of the National Football League were choosing the college players they wanted to hire. Rocky Bleier was not at the head of anyone’s list. As a matter of fact, he wasn’t even on most lists. With thousands of athletes pouring out of colleges each year, the pros need some orderly way to rate and eventually pick those few, of the thousands, they would like to add to their rosters. The worst possible rating is 2.5. Above 1.8 the player “is not capable of playing pro ball.” Bleier was judged from 2.2 to 2.4. Wait, it gets worse. One Bleier observer noted, “Can’t win in the NFL with this kid.” Another, “I don’t think this boy can make a pro club”. The Steelers picked 18 players that year. Bleier, number 18, is the only one still in pro ball.

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Rudyard Kipling

First published by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in 1818, History, Manners, and Customs of the Indian Nations provides an account of the Lenni Lenape and other tribes in the mid-Atlantic region, looking at their history and relations with other tribes and settlers, as well as their spiritual beliefs, government and politics, education, language, social institutions, dress, food, and other customs. The text, written by the Reverend John Heckewelder, a Moravian missionary based in Ohio and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, includes the author's observations, anecdotes, and advice, preserving not only his knowledge about the Indian nations in the eighteenth century but also his perspective, as a missionary and settler, on Native Americans and the often-fraught relationships between the tribes and European settlers. This version of the text, published in 1876, contains an introduction and notes by the Reverend William C. Reichel as well as a glossary of Lenape words and phrases and letters between the author and the then-president of the American Philosophical Society concerning the study of the Indian nations and their languages.

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Shirley Ann Grau

This magnificent summation of the short stories of Shirley Ann Grau, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Keepers of the House, gathers together eighteen gems ranking with the finest of Eudora Welty and Flannery O'Connor. Grau possesses a range representing a master course in the craft of this most demanding art form. Her reader's banquet offers character sketches of Chekovian poignance and insight, a hilarious love story, excursions into the gothic and hauntingly apocalyptic, the elegiac and experimental, and stories that feel like compressed novels in their lapidary polish, depth, and emotional weight. Grau belongs in the company of the great southern short story writers, and the author's own choices of her best work remind readers of the unmatched capacity of the brief fictional form to depict character epiphany and such timeless themes as redemption and rebirth, the struggle between power and love, and the persistence of the past.

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Theodore Sturgeon

A remarkable anthology of short fiction by the award-winning late author of More Than Human includes a wide range of classic science fiction and fantasy tales, including "Thunder and Roses," "The Man Who Lost the Sea," and "Slow Sculpture," winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards. Original. 12,500 first printing.

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Alun Richards

"Elgar Davies, Hon. Sec. of Pontlast RFC; scandalised Elmyra Mouth; lawyer Bunny Leyshon; Jehoidah Wetter, public convenience attendant; dream girl Dottie Lemon; Esme and her famous fly-half husband. The characters from Alun Richards's classic short stories are joined by new figures soon to be held in equal affection: T.J., leading figure in the new television company; milkman Jimmy Reeve; Ben Brayley, returning celebrity; Huw Pugh-Jones, who gets the boating bug." "From the valleys chip shop to Broadcasting House, and from the rugby club to the yacht club, Alun Richards creates a world marked by his acute observation and exact ear for dialogue. Surefooted in the politics of relationships, adept at his reading of social strata, sympathetic to the weaknesses of his characters, Richards is writing at his best in these memorable stories."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Nadine Gordimer

In these stories, selected by Gordimer herself, characters from every corner of society come to life, along with the South African landscape they inhabit. The stories have a strong focus on racial issues, yet their implications are universal. The stories are National Curriculum recommended reading.