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A modernist story about Bertha and her Hampstead dinner party friends. Mansfield, from New Zealand, was only 34 when she died in France from tuberculosis.
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Considered a great prose stylists, Robert Musil was an Austrian writer who died in aged The story was inspired by watching a trapped fly "like a crashed aeroplane". Nabokov's story, which was published by the New Yorker in , is about the doomed journey into a strange land taken by the narrator Valliere. Nabokov, famed for Lolita , died in , aged 78, in Switzerland. One of India's greatest writers, Madras-born Narayan could be philosophical and comic, as he was in this haunting tale.
Narayan, who lived until he was 95, was praised by Graham Greene as one of his favourite writers of the 20th century. Prolific Irish writer O'Connor wrote more than works before his death in Dublin at the age of 62 in He was raised in Cork and later became a teacher at Stanford University. The American wit Dorothy Parker captured 20th-century American society with caustic humour and daring - especially in her her book about the Sexes.
Parker, who was also a screenwriter and critic, died in aged Russian writer Petrushevskaya, who was born in Moscow in , was famed for her black, comic tales. In she said: "Russia is a land of women Homers, women who tell their stories orally, just like that, without inventing anything. They're extraordinarily talented storytellers. I'm just a listener among them. This is the tale of a poor artist who wants to marry a wealthy businessman's daughter. Saki was the pen name of British writer Hector Hugh Munro, who wrote macabre stories that satirised Edwardian society. He died in France in aged 45, when he was killed by a German sniper.
Isaac Bashevis Singer was one of the leading figures in the Yiddish literary movement, and received the Nobel Prize in literature in He died in Florida in aged The son of a rabbi, his stories often involved ghosts, imps and demons. Ireland's greatest contemporary writer was born in County Cork in He has won the Whitbread Prize three times and has been nominated five times for the Booker Prize.
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This short story is about a man who wants a more up-to-date wife. A hapless cultural exchange to Russia is the theme of a tale from one of the masters of short story writing. Updike, who died in aged 76, wrote the Rabbit series of Harry Angstrom novels but he was also a prolific short story writer, essayist and poet. The Door in the Wall is considered one of Wells's most accomplished stories dealing with themes about the deceptive natures of time and happiness. Moon Lake is the story of a summer camp in Mississippi, a surly lifeguard, a rebellious orphan girl, and the fateful day when they learn the secrets of life and death.
Set at Blandings Castle, home of Lord Emsworth, the story is considered something of a classic, and is included in many "Best of Wodehouse" collections. Woodhouse, who was born in Guildford in , died at the age of 93 in New York in He was a noted lyricist and also wrote under six different pen names.
A character study of a woman whose life and character are found to be unsatisfactory. Woolf was born in London in and died in Lewes in at the age of Stefan Zweig, who was born in Vienna in , was one of the most famous writers in the world at the height of his literary career, in the Twenties and Thirties. On a cruise ship bound for Buenos Aires, a wealthy passenger challenges the world chess champion to a match. He accepts with a sneer but soon soft-spoken instructions from a mystery passenger turn the game on its head.
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Babylon Revisited (and other stories) by F.Scott Fitzgerald
In this imaginative fable of ageing and the other stories collected here - including "The Cut-Glass Bowl" in which an ill-meant gift haunts a family's misfortunes, "The Four Fists" where a man's life shaped by a series of punches to his face, and the revelry, mobs and anguish of "May Day" - F. Scott Fitzgerald displays his unmatched gift as a writer of short stories. Bibliographic information. Browse related items Start at call number: PS I9 A6 For a long time I have been wanting to read more American fiction. A book I really, really enjoyed. I should add my thanks to Kylie Ladd for both introducing me to the joy of the podcast and to The Swimmer.
But the wider range of the classic American texts and the best exponents of the short story, I have ignored.
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Largely this is because the emphasis was on reading English literature, and in some circles American literature was considered somehow less. Even at university, the bulk of my first year English texts were British.
This is just such a wrong perception. It was said often when I was young that American fiction was full of sound and fury signifying nothing — a reference which, embarrassingly I always thought was about Macbeth.
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I had no idea about Faulkner. Indeed I think Vonnegut was the turning point. I read every single book our library possessed, and those who know how much I hate the library, will understand the commitment required.