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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $57.00
  • February 2015
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-93776-3
  • 1024 pages
  • Territory Rights: World, Excluding India

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    Conrad Aiken
        Silent Snow, Secret Snow**
    Dorothy Allison
        Jason, Who Will Be Famous**
    Sherwood Anderson
        I Want to Know Why
    Margaret Atwood
        Death By Landscape
    James Baldwin
        Sonny’s Blues
    Toni Cade Bambara
        Gorilla, My Love
    Richard Bausch
        Letter to the Lady of the House
    Ann Beattie
    Ambrose Bierce
        An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
    Jorge Luis Borges
        Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote
    Truman Capote
    Raymond Carver
    Willa Cather
        Paul’s Case
    John Cheever
        The Enormous Radio
    Anton Chekhov
    Kate Chopin
        Story of an Hour
    Joseph Conrad
        Heart of Darkness
    Stephen Crane
        The Open Boat
    Edwidge Danticat
        A Wall of Fire Rising
    Ralph Ellison
        King of the Bingo Game
    Louise Erdrich
    William Faulkner
        Barn Burning
        A Rose for Emily

    F. Scott Fitzgerald
        Babylon Revisited
    Richard Ford
    Mavis Gallant**
        Ice Wagon Coming Down the Street**
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman
        The Yellow Wallpaper
    Nathanial Hawthorne
        Young Goodman Brown
    Ernest Hemingway
        Hills Like White Elephants
    Zora Neale Hurston
        The Conscience of the Court
    James Joyce
        The Dead

    Franz Kafka
        The Metamorphosis
    Yasunari Kawabata
        The White Horse
    Jamaica Kincaid
    Jhumpa Lahiri**
    D.H. Lawrence
        The Horse Dealer’s Daughter
    Ursula K. LeGuin
        The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas
    Katherine Mansfield
        The Garden Party**
    Bobbie Ann Mason
    Guy de Maupassant
        An Adventure in Paris
    James Alan McPherson
        Why I Like Country Music
    Herman Melville
        Bartleby, The Scrivner
    Bharati Mukherjee
        The Management of Grief
    Alice Munro
        Royal Beatings
        Miles City, Montana**

    Vladimir Nabokov
        Signs and Symbols
    Joyce Carol Oates
        How I Contemplated the World…
    Tim O’Brien
        The Things They Carried
    Flannery O’Connor
        A Good Man Is Hard to Find
        Good Country People

    Frank O’Connor
        Guests of the Nation
    Tillie Olson
        O Yes
    Grace Paley**
        The Used-Boy Raisers**
    Jayne Anne Phillips**
        El Paso**
    Edgar Allan Poe
        The Fall of the House of Usher
    Katherine Anne Porter
        The Jilting of Granny Weatherall
    Annie Proulx**
        What Kind of Furniture Would Jesus Buy?**
    George Saunders**
        Victory Lap**
    Danzy Senna
    Isaac Bashevis Singer
        Gimpel the Fool
    John Steinbeck
        The Chyrsanthemums
    Amy Tan
        Rules of the Game
    Leo Tolstoy
        The Death of Ivan Illych
    John Updike
    Helena Maria Viramontes
        The Moths
    Alice Walker
        Everyday Use
    Robert Penn Warren
        Blackberry Winter
    Eudora Welty
        A Worn Path
    William Carlos Williams
        The Use of Force
    Tobias Wolff
        Bullet in the Brain**
    Virginia Wolf
        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
    Franz Kafka
        Letter to Max Brod, July 5, 1922
    Henry James
        The Art of Fiction
    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

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    Reviews and Commentaries

    Andrea Barrett
        Willa Cather’s “Paul’s Case”
    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
    Charles C. Walcutt
        [Stephen Crane: Naturalist]
    Richard Wilbur
        The House of Poe

    Authors in Depth

    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

    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