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The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction


Suitable for a variety of courses, the compact edition of Ann Charters bestselling "The Story and Its Writer" (now in print or e-book formats) offers about half the stories and commentaries of the full edition, with all of its highly- praised editorial features. No one has a better sense than Ann Charters of which stories work most effectively in the classroom and instructors look forward to every new edition of her anthology to see what her constant search for new fiction and neglected classics will turn up. Further, Charters knows that writers, not editors, have the most interesting and useful things to say about the making and the meaning of fiction, so to complement the stories, she offers her signature innovation: an array of the writers own commentaries on the craft and traditions of storytelling. For in-depth, illustrated studies of particular writers or genres, her Casebooks provide unparalleled opportunities for discussion and writing. The new ninth edition features many very recent stories and commentaries by up-and-coming writers, a new Casebook on the important genre of Magical Realism, and expanded coverage of close reading."

A comprehensive and diverse collection of stories. Arranged alphabetically by author, the 135 stories by 114 authors represent a variety found in no other anthology of this kind. With a strong representation of traditionally popular stories, this anthology also includes the most comprehensive collection of stories by women (58), American multicultural stories (22), and contemporary stories (22 stories written since 1990) found in any introduction to fiction anthology. The sixth edition also offers 48 stories by writers from countries other than the U.S.

The most extensive selection of commentaries in a fiction anthology. Cross-referenced to individual stories and writers for easy use, the 95 commentaries in The Story and Its Writer show how writers think and write about literature, providing students with unparalleled opportunities for discussion and writing.

In-depth Casebooks on authors important to the study of short fiction. Each comprising multiple commentaries by and about the featured writer and by other writers and critics, casebooks enable in-depth study of five important authors--Raymond Carver, Anton Chekhov, Zora Neale Hurston, Flannery O'Connor, and Edgar Allan Poe.

Thorough editorial apparatus that keeps the focus on the writers. Abundant for those who want it, yet unobtrusive for those who don't, the apparatus includes lengthy headnotes that introduce each writer and six informative appendices that instruct on the history of the short story, the elements of fiction, and writing about fiction without interfering with students' own reading and interpretation.

The most comprehensive Instructor's Manual. For each story, the Instructor's Manual includes an explication, a short bibliography for each story, and discussion questions and writing assignments. Additional resources include a thematic index of stories, an index of types of commentaries, and a list of short stories on film and video.

Highly qualified editor. For more than 25 years, Ann Charters has been teaching the introduction to fiction course, and closely monitoring trends in the development of the short story form. Instructors therefore know they can count on her knowledge of fiction and her ability to assemble an authoritative and teachable anthology.

Also available in a compact edition. For instructors who prefer a smaller anthology, the Compact Sixth Edition of The Story and Its Writer offers all the successful editorial features of the full-length version with about half the stories and commentaries.


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