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The Oxford Book of English Short Stories free pdf This anthology takes the English short story as its theme. The 37 stories featured here are selected from the 19th and 20th centuries, by authors ranging from Dickens, Trollope and Hardy to J.G. Ballard, Angela Carter, and Ian McEwan, though many draw from the richness of earlier English literary writing. There are all sorts of threads of connection and contrast running through these stories. Their subjects vary from the sublime to the ridiculous, from the momentous to the trivial, from the grim to the farcical. There is English empiricism, English pragmatism, English starkness, English humour, English satire, English dandyism, English horror, and English whimsy. There are examples of social realism, from rural poverty to blitzed London- ghost stories and tales of the supernatural- surreal fantasy and science fiction. There are stories of sensibility, precisely delineated, from Hardy's reluctant bride to the shocked heroine of Elizabeth Taylor's "The Blush", from H.E. Bates's brilliant fusion of class, sex, death, and landscape, to D.H. Lawrence's exploration of a consciousness slowly detaching itself from its world. There are exuberant stories by Saki and Waugh, Wodehouse and Firbank, with a particularly English range from high irony to pure orchestrated farce. The very range and scope of the collection celebrates the eccentric differences and excellences of English short stories Some of A.S. Byatt's choices clearly take their place in the grand tradition of story-telling, while others are more unusual. Many break all the rules of unity of tone and narrative, appearing to be one kind of story before unexpectedly turning into another. They pack together comedy and tragedy, farce and delicacy, elegance and the grotesque, with language as various as the subject-matter.

About A. S. Byatt

A.S. Byatt is a prize-winning novelist, essayist, reviewer, and broadcaster. Her books include Possession, The Matisse Stories, and Angels and Insects.

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Author : A. S. Byatt
Publisher : Oxford Paperbacks
Data Published : 01 June 1999
ISBN : 0192881116
EAN : 9780192881113
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 470 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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