The Oxford Book of Short Stories by V.S. Pritchett

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V.S. Prictchett, one of our greatest living short-story writers, has chosen some forty stories written in the English language to produce a collection that successfully displays the wealth and variety of an art that spans some 200 years.Great Britain, America, and especially Eire have fine traditions of short-story writing that have developed from the time of Sir Walter Scott and Nathaniel Hawthorne, while in this century the art has been perfected by Ernest Hemingway, D.H. Lawrence, W. Somerset Maugham, John Updike, and V.S. Pritchett himself. The Irish contribution includes such masters as James Joyce, Frank O'Conner, and Liam O'Flaherty, and stories by Canadian, Indian, New Zealand, and Austrailian writers show the full range of invention and ability in a genre that continues to flourish.

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Born in Ipswich and educated at Alleyn's School, Dulwich, and Dulwich College, novelist and critic V. S. Pritchett worked in the leather trade and later as a commercial traveler and shop assistant. After World War II, he was literary editor of the New Statesman and Nation and has frequently contributed to American periodicals and the N.Y. Times Book Review. He is a distinguished short story writer who has often appeared in the New Yorker. Pritchett has also collaborated with the photographer Evelyn Hofer on three charming and excellent portraits of London, New York, and Dublin. Pritchett, who has been lauded for his fine literary criticism, has also written about many other writers. He received numerous awards including the 1969 Heinemann Award, the 1974 PEN Award, the 1990 W. H. Smith Literary Award, and the 1993 Golden Pen Award. He died from a stroke on March 20, 1997.
Published May 28, 1981 by Oxford University Press. 576 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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