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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $70.00
  • February 2015
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-93775-6
  • 1904 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

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The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction

Eighth Edition


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Richard Bausch (Editor, Chapman University)


One of the most celebrated writers and teachers of fiction, Richard Bausch, pairs his insight and inspiration with Norton’s trusted editorial standards to deliver the finest teaching anthology available.

The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction features 152 works—many of them new to this edition—by 130 authors, offering a broad collection of short stories with the most thoughtful annotations and apparatus on the market. With a new Authors in Depth feature, an extensive Reviews and Commentaries section, and expanded coverage of Writers on Writing, the Eighth Edition provides a wealth of criticism of key works and authors, as well as the opportunity to look deeper into the craft of fiction.


The richest variety and the greatest depth

The Eighth Edition includes 152 works (33 new) by 130 authors (22 new); the Shorter Eighth Edition includes 73 works (13 new) by 69 authors (9 new), including Conrad Aiken, Mavis Gallant, Jhumpa Lahiri, E. Annie Proulx, George Saunders, and more. New translations of two key longer works in the anthology are now featured: Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis, translated by Susan Bernofsky, and Leo Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Illych, translated by Peter Carson and Mary Beard. Classics of the genre are thoughtfully balanced with contemporary selections, offering unparalleled range and depth and giving students a superb resource for reading, analyzing, or writing short stories.  

New Authors in Depth section contextualizes key writers

Bringing together excerpts from essays, criticism, speeches, interviews, and more, the new Authors in Depth feature offers students even more insight into the works and writing processes of five influential authors. Authors included are:

• Anton Chekhov
• Alice Munro
• William Faulkner
• Flannery O'Connor
• Joyce Carol Oates

The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction also offers readers more opportunities to dig deeper into the works of particular authors, with 22 authors represented by multiple selections in the Full Edition.

Exclusive Reviews and Commentaries make connections between texts

An extensive Reviews and Commentaries section includes excerpts from critical essays as well as specially commissioned analyses of works in the anthology, all written by authors included in the Eighth Edition. These exclusive commentaries—such as Ann Beattie on Peter Taylor, and Richard Ford on Bharati Mukherjee—show how writers engage with the works of other authors. Documents in this section place authors and stories in a wider cultural and critical context, helping students make connections between selections across the anthology.  

Expanded Writers on Writing pieces and new commentaries from Richard Bausch’s Facebook community

A Writers on Writing feature lets the authors gathered in the Norton Anthology of Short Fiction speak for themselves— through excerpts from interviews, speeches, essays, letters, and more— on their process, inspirations, and fundamentals of the craft. The Eighth Edition also features inspiring meditations, challenges, and wisdom drawn from Richard Bausch’s participation in his spirited social media community of writers and students. Bausch invites you to join this community on Facebook for more inspiration and the opportunity to interact with this group yourself.

    **new to this edition

    Lee K. Abbott
        One of Star Wars, One of Doom
    Conrad Aiken
        Silent Snow, Secret Snow
    Dorothy Allison**
        Jason Who Will Be Famous**
    Sherwood Anderson
        Want to Know Why
    Margaret Atwood
        Death by Landscape
    James Baldwin
        Sonny’s Blues
    Toni Cade Bambara
        Gorilla, My Love
    Andrea Barrett
        The Littoral Zone
    Donald Barthelme
        Me and Miss Mandible
    Richard Bausch
        Letter to the Lady of the House**
    Charles Baxter
        The Disappeared
    Ann Beattie
    Madison Smart Bell
    Wendall Berry**
        A Burden**
    Ambrose Bierce
        An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
    Jorge Luis Borges
        Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote
    Ray Bradbury
        The Veldt
    Frederick Busch
    Truman Capote
    Raymond Carver
        The Student’s Wife
    R. V. Cassill
        The Rationing of Love
    Willa Cather
        A Wagner Matinee
        Paul’s Case
    John Cheever
        The Enormous Radio
        The Death of Justina
    Anton Chekhov
        Anna on the Neck
    Kate Chopin
        The Story of an Hour
    Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)
        The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
        The Invalid’s Story

    Joseph Conrad
        Heart of Darkness
    Julio Cortázar
        Letter to a Young Woman in Paris
    Stephen Crane
        The Open Boat
        The Blue Hotel

    Edwidge Danticat
        A Wall of Fire Rising
    Anita Desai**
    James Dickey**
        There Was an Old Man Over at Choestoe**
    Isak Dinesen
    Andre Dubus
        The Intruder
    Stuart Dybek
        We Didn’t
    Ralph Ellison
        King of the Bingo Game
    Louise Erdrich
    Percival Everett**
        The Fix**
    William Faulkner
        Barn Burning
        A Rose for Emily

    F. Scott Fitzgerald
        Babylon Revisited
    Richard Ford
        Great Falls

    Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
        A New England Nun
    Mavis Gallant**
        The Ice Wagon Coming Down the Street**
    George Garrett
        Feeling Good, Feeling Fine**
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman
        The Yellow Wallpaper
    Nadine Gordimer
        A Soldier’s Embrace
    Allan Gurganus
        Nativity, Caucasian
    Barry Hannah
        Sick Soldier at Your Door**
    Nathaniel Hawthorne
        Young Goodman Brown
        The Birthmark

    Ernest Hemingway
        Hills Like White Elephants
    Amy Hempel
        In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried
    Alice Hoffman
        The Wedding and Snow and Ice
    Zora Neale Hurston
        The Conscience of the Court
    Shirley Jackson
        The Lottery
    Henry James
        The Real Thing**
    Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
    Charles Johnson
        Moving Pictures
    Edward P. Jones
        A New Man
    James Joyce
        The Dead

    Franz Kafka
        The Metamorphosis
        A Hunger Artist

    Yasunari Kawabata
        The White Horse
    A.L. Kennedy**
        Not Anything To Do With Love**
    Jamaica Kincaid
    Jhumpa Lahiri**
    Ring Lardner
        Ex Parte
    D. H. Lawrence
        The Horse Dealer’s Daughter
        The Rocking Horse Winner

    Ursula K. Le Guin
        The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas
    Doris Lessing
        To Room Nineteen
    John L’Heureux
        Brief Lives in California
    Sandra Tsing Loh
        My Father’s Chinese Wives
    Bernard Malamud
        Angel Levine
    Katherine Mansfield
        The Garden Party**
    Bobbie Ann Mason
    Guy de Maupassant
        Boule de Suif
        An Adventure in Paris

    William Maxwell
        The Thistles in Sweden
    Jill McCorkle
    Thomas McGuane**
    T.M. McNally**
    James Alan McPherson
        Why I Like Country Music
    Herman Melville
        Bartleby, the Scrivener
    Bharati Mukherjee
        The Management of Grief
    Alice Munro
        Royal Beatings
        Miles City, Montana

    Sabina Murray
    Vladimir Nabokov
        Signs and Symbols
    Joyce Carol Oates
        How I Contemplated the World...

    Tim O’Brien
        The Things They Carried
        How to Tell a True War Story**

    Flannery O’Connor
        A Good Man Is Hard to Find
        Good Country People

    Frank O’Connor
        Guests of the Nation
    Tillie Olsen
        O Yes
    Grace Paley**
        The Used-Boy Raisers**
    Jayne Anne Phillips**
        El Paso**
    Luigi Pirandello
    Edgar Allan Poe
        The Fall of the House of Usher
        The Purloined Letter

    Katherine Anne Porter
        The Jilting of Granny Weatherall
        Flowering Judas

    V. S. Pritchett
        The Fall
    Annie Proulx**
        What Kind of Furniture Would Jesus Pick?
    Ron Rash**
        Their Ancient, Glittering Eyes**
    Agnes Rossi
    Philip Roth
        The Conversion of the Jews
    George Saunders**
        Victory Lap**
    James Salter**
    Danzy Senna**
    Irwin Shaw
        The Girls in Their Summer Dresses
    Jean Shepherd
        Lost at C
    Isaac Bashevis Singer
        Gimpel the Fool
    Jane Smiley
        The Life of the Body
    Lee Smith
        Intensive Care
    Elizabeth Spencer
    Jean Stafford**
        In the Zoo**
    John Steinbeck
        The Chrysanthemums
    Robert Stone
        Under the Pitons
    Elizabeth Strout**
    Linda Svendsen
        Marine Life
    Amy Tan
        Rules of the Game
    Peter Taylor
        A Spinster’s Tale
    Leo Tolstoy
        The Death of Ivan Ilych
    William Trevor**
        Events at Drimaghleen**
    John Updike
        Brother Grasshopper

    Helena María Viramontes
        The Moths
    Alice Walker
        Everyday Use
    Robert Penn Warren
        Blackberry Winter
    Brad Watson**
    Stephanie Powell Watts**
        Unassigned Territory**
    Eudora Welty
        Why I Live at the P.O.
        A Worn Path

    Edith Wharton
    Thomas Williams
        Goose Pond
    William Carlos Williams
        The Use of Force
    Tobias Wolff
        In the Garden of the North American Martyrs
        Bullet in the Brain**

    Virginia Woolf
        Kew Gardens
    Richard Wright
        The Man Who Was Almost a Man

    Writers on Writing

    Margaret Atwood
        Why Do You Write?
    Toni Cade Bambara
        What Is It I Think I’m Doing Anyhow?
    Richard Bausch
        Letter to a Young Writer
    Joseph Conrad
        Preface to The Nigger of the “Narcissus”
        Letter to Barret H. Clark, May 14, 1918
    Stephen Crane
        Letter to John Norther Hiliard, February 1895[?]
    Ralph Ellison
        An Interview
    Ernest Hemingway
        An Interview
    Henry James
        The Art of Fiction
    Franz Kafka
        Letter to Max Brod, July 5, 1922
    D.H. Lawrence
        Why the Novel Matters
    Doris Lessing
        An Interview
    Guy de Maupassant
        The Novel
    Bharati Mukherjee
        A Four-Hundred-Year-Old Woman
    Edgar Allan Poe
        The Philosophy of Composition
    Katherine Anne Porter
        An Interview
    Leo Tolstoy
        What Is Art?
    John Updike
        Accepting the Howells Medal
    Eudora Welty
        An Interview

    Selections from Richard Bausch's Facebook Community

    Reviews and Commentaries

    Andrea Barrett
        Willa Cather’s “Paul’s Case”
    Charles Baxter
        William Maxwell’s “Thistles in Sweden”
    Ann Beattie
        Peter Taylor’s “A Spinster’s Tale”
    Frederick Busch
        Ernest Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants”
    Stanley Corngold
        Kafka’s The Metamorphosis: Metamorphosis of the Metaphor
    Susan Dodd
        Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path”
    Richard Ford
        Bharati Mukherjee’s “The Management of Grief”
    Allan Gurganus
        Stephen Crane’s “The Open Boat”
    Barry Hannah
        Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness
    Edward P. Jones
        Frank O’Connor’s “Guests of the Nation”
    C.C. Loomis, Jr.,
        Structure and Sympathy in Joyce’s “The Dead”
    Leo Marx
        Melville’s Parable of the Walls
    Gary Saul Morson
        The Reader as Voyeur: Tolstoi and the Poetics of Didactic Fiction
    Edgar Allan Poe
        Review of Hawthorne’s Twice Told Tales
    C.P. Sarvan
        Racism and the Heart of Darkness
    John Updike
        Three New Yorker Stalwarts [William Maxwell]
    Charles C. Walcutt
        [Stephen Crane: Naturalist]
    Richard Wilbur
        The House of Poe
    Tobias Wolff
        Isak Dinesen’s “Sorrow-Acre”

    Authors in Depth

    Anton Chekhov

    Richard Ford
        from “Why We Like Chekhov”
    Anton Chekhov
        Letter to Nikolai Chekhov, March, 1886
        Letter to D.V. Grigorovich, March 28, 1886
        Letter to A. S. Suvorin, October 27, 1888

    Richard Bausch
        Anton Chekhov’s “Gusev”
    Donald Rayfield
        From Sakhalin: June—December 1890
    Stephen L. Baehr
        From The Locomotive and the Giant: Power in Chekhov’s “Anna on the Neck”
    Vladimir Nabokov
        From Chekhov’s Prose

    William Faulkner

    William Faulkner
        An Interview
        Nobel Prize Address

    Edmond L. Volpe
        A Rose for Emily
    Sherwood Anderson
        From “The Book of the Grotesque”
    Joel Williamson
        From William Faulkner and Southern History

    Alice Munro

    Alice Munro
        What is Real?
        from Introduction to the Vintage Edition

    Sheila Munro
        from Lives of Mothers and Daughters: Growing Up with Alice Munro
    Robert Thacker
        from Alice Munro: Writer Her Lives
    Margaret Atwood
        “Appreciations of Alice Munro”
    Russell Banks
        “Appreciations of Alice Munro”
    Brad Hooper
        The Fiction of Alice Munro

    Joyce Carol Oates

    Joyce Carol Oates
        The Art and Craft of Revision
        The Nature and Aim of Fiction
        from “Fiction, Dreams, Revelations”
        from “The Nature of Short Fiction; or, The Nature of My Short Fiction”
        from “Why Is Your Writing So Violent?”
        from “American Literary Culture: A Personal Perspective”

    Sue Simpson Park
        from “A Study in Counterpoint: Joyce Carol Oates’s ‘How I Contemplated the World and Began My Life Over Again’”
    Afred Kazin
        “Two Cassandras: Joan Didion and Joyce Carol Oates”

    Flannery O'Connor

    Flannery O’Connor
        The Nature and Aim of Fiction
        from The Grotesque in Southern Fiction
        from Writing Short Stories

    Brad Gooch
        from Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor
    Tony Magistrale
        from “ ‘I’m Alien to a Great Deal:’ Flannery O’Connor and the Modernist Ethnic
    Lee Smith
        Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”
    Alice Walker
        from Beyond the Peacock: The Reconstruction of Flannery O’Connor
    Thomas Merton
        Flannery O’Connor: A Prose Elegy
    Flannery O’Connor
        from A Prayer Journal