The Borzoi Book of Short Fiction (David H. Richter) pdf, epub, doc

This is a phenomenal short fiction anthology. Some of these pieces are debatably the best short stories from the best writers who have ever lived (in the past two centuries). And some serve as good introductions to writers who otherwise a reader would never know about.The only downside is the small text size and heavy book size. I can't write a conclusive review for the entire book because I would have to review each short story individidually. So all I can say is there is a lot of world class talent packed into here. (sure there are a lot of good anthologies out there but this is the one I read. On another note I saved this from the garbage can of a thrift store, fate feels all the more close when it's unexpected) Here is a listing from the Table of Contents.

Sherwood Anderson... The Egg
James Baldwin... Sonny's Blues
John Barth... Lost in the Funhouse
Donald Barthelme... A Shower of Gold
Saul Bellow... Looking for Mr. Green
Jorge Louis Borges... The Garden of Forking Paths
Elizabeth Bowen... The Demon Lover
Morley Callaghan... Getting on in the World
Albert Camus... The Guest
John Cheever... The Swimmer
Anton Chekhov... The Lady With the Dog
Kate Chopin... The Story of an Hour
Colette... The Secret Woman
Joseph Conrad... Youth
Robert Coover... The Gingerbread House
Stephan Crane... The Open Boat
Isak Dinesen... Sorrow-Acre
Arthur Conan Doyle... Adventure of the Speckled Band
Ralph Ellison... King of the Bingo Game
William Faulkner... The Bear , Delta Autumn , Pantaloon in Black
F. Scott Fitzgerald... Winter Dreams
E.M. Forster... The Other Side of the Hedge
Gabriel Garcia Marquez... The Sea of Lost Time
Charlotte Perkins Gilman... The Yellow Wallpaper
Nikolai Gogol... The Nose
Nadine Gordimer... Is There Nowhere Else Where We Can Meet?
Dashiell Hammett... Fly Paper
John Hawkes... A Song Outside
Nathaniel Hawthorne... Young Goodman Brown , My Kinsman Major Molineux
Ernest Hemingway... Big Two-Hearted River
Shirley Jackson... The Lottery
Henry James... The Turn of the Screw , The Pupil , The Beast in the Jungle
James Joyce... Araby , A Little Cloud , The Dead
Franz Kafka... The Hunter Gracchus
Rudyard Kipling... The Man Who Would Be King
Milan Kundera... Lost Letters
Margaret Laurence... To Set Our House in Order
D.H. Lawrence... The Fox , The Prussian Officer , The Rocking Horse Winner
Ursula Le Guin... Vaster Than Empires and More Slow
Doris Lessing... The Old Chief Mshlanga , One Off the Short List , The Temptation of Jack Orkney
Jack London... To Build a Fire
H.P. Lovecraft... The Outsider
Bernard Malamud... The Magic Barrel
Thomas Mann... Death in Venice , Tonio Kroger , Gladius Dei
Katherine Mansfield... The Garden Party
Guy De Maupassant... The Necklace
Herman Melville... Benito Cereno
Yukio Mishima... Patriotism
Alice Munro... How I Met My Husband
Vladimir Nabokov... Spring in Fialta
V.S. Naipaul... A Christmas Story
Joyce Carol Oates... In the Region of Ice
Flannery O'Connor... A Good Man Is Hard to Find , Everything That Rises Must Converge
Frank O'Connor... Guests of the Nation
Tillie Olsen... I Stand Here Ironing
Grace Paley... Distance
Edgar Allan Poe... The Fall of the House of Usher
Katherine Anne Porter... Flowering Judas
J.F. Powers... The Valiant Woman
Alain Robbe-Grillet... The Secret Room
Philip Roth... Defender of the Faith
Jean-Paul Sartre... The Wall
Isaac Bashevis Singer... Gimpel the Fool
Alexander Solzhenitsyn... The Right Hand
James Thurber... The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Leo Nikolaievich Tolstoy... The Death of Ivan Ilych
Mark Twain... The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
John Updike... A&P
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr... Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow
Eudora Welty... A Worn Path
Edith Wharton... Roman Fever
Virginia Woolf... The New Dress
Richard Wright... The Man Who Was Almost a Man

The Preface mentioned Flaubert's A Simple Heart is included but it is not. (In my opinion Dostoyevsky too should have been included and two more short stories each from Maupassant, Chekhov and Kafka would have made this feel more complete.)

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  • Publisher:Random House USA Inc
  • File: 6.9 Mb
  • Release: 03.12.1982
  • ISBN: 9780394328102
  • Pages 1439
  • Rating: 4.38 (8 votes)

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