50 Great Short Stories

Great Short Stories Great Short Stories is a comprehensive selection from the world s finest short fiction The authors represented range from Hawthorne Maupassant and Poe through Henry James Conrad Aldous Huxley

  • Title: 50 Great Short Stories
  • Author: Milton Crane Katherine Mansfield William Saroyan Edith Wharton Ernest Hemingway Katherine Anne Porter Flannery O'Connor Frank O'Connor
  • ISBN: 9780553277456
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Paperback
  • 50 Great Short Stories is a comprehensive selection from the world s finest short fiction The authors represented range from Hawthorne, Maupassant, and Poe, through Henry James, Conrad, Aldous Huxley, and James Joyce, to Hemingway, Katherine Anne Porter, Faulkner, E.B White, Saroyan, and O Connor The variety in style and subject is enormous, but all these stories have o50 Great Short Stories is a comprehensive selection from the world s finest short fiction The authors represented range from Hawthorne, Maupassant, and Poe, through Henry James, Conrad, Aldous Huxley, and James Joyce, to Hemingway, Katherine Anne Porter, Faulkner, E.B White, Saroyan, and O Connor The variety in style and subject is enormous, but all these stories have one point in common the enduring quality of the writing, which places them among the masterpieces of the world s fiction.

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    • Guillermo Galvan says:

      First off, this book isn't a collection of 50 great short stories. It's a collection of 50 well-written stories, but it takes more than solid grammar to slam out an awesome story.Some of the stories were dreadfully boring. A few shining stars had me signing into to add more books by those writers. The rest were so-so, pretty decent, and "Okay."This collection lacks in variety. The majority of stories have a snobbish, white male, pro-American perspective. If you like stuff from the New Yorker, t [...]

    • Tristan says:

      WHAT MAKES A GREAT SHORT STORY?The sudden unforgettable revelation of character; the vision of a world through another's eyes; the glimpse of truth; the capture of a moment in time.All this the short story, at its best, is uniquely capable of conveying, for in its very shortness lies its greatest strength.It can discover depths of meaning in the casual word or action; it can suggest in a page what could not be stated in a volume.-- Milton CraneIn my fledgling first few years as a more dedicated [...]

    • Seth Augenstein says:

      What a fucking collection.

    • Cheryl says:

      What a slog. Took me, um, three months to get through. Dreary. Too much racism, sometimes addressed, sometimes accepted. Too much mysterious jewelry and women (both wives and governesses) as ornament. Too much alcohol. Very Western, usually bleak or at least bleary. A few gems, but I can't be bothered to go check which ones they were.

    • Olivia says:

      All 50 stories are by white people and 42 by men what a great collection of diverse stories

    • Kat Trina says:

      Of course the quality of the stories compiled in this edition are excellent: they were written by the masters. But that doesn't mean that all of them were a pleasure to read. Some were fantastic: I really enjoyed a solid third of the stories there, but only a third. I particularly enjoyed virginia woolf's haunted house, thomas wolfe's "only the dead know brooklyn", dorothy parker's "standard of living", shirley jackson's "lottery " which i had already read, and especially Francis Steegmuller's " [...]

    • Milena says:

      For writers this book is an exercise. An exercise of minimalism, of trained imagination and crafted words. All stories have their flavour, and exposing that simple truth alone, the book unveils a great deal about voice. It also relaxes the writing muscle, shaving off the edge of theme - the hovering nemesis. A random selection: "Putois" for the comic human nature, "A good man is hard to find" for it's remarkable cynicism, "The Gioconda Smile" for society gumption and uptight drama of uncanny inv [...]

    • John Crlencic says:

      Worth it for Hemingway's "The Three-Day Blow."

    • Fatima says:

      They were more like 50 OK stories. Most of them were boring, in many there was absolutely nothing happening. The extra star is for the 5 good stories that I enjoyed.

    • Zeynep Dal says:

      50 Great Short StoriesZeynep Dal L9-150 Great Short StoriesThis is an anthology from the best short fiction stories of the world, from the most famous writers.If you’re interested in short stories this is a great book for you. Usually reading the same story for 200 pages bores me, but in this book, you’ll never get bored!The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield was my favorite one. It shows different examples of sensitivity and insensitivity. The Sheridans gave their garden party but Laura ha [...]

    • Michelle says:

      What a wonderful collection of short stories!While all the stories might be considered classics, there was quite a bit of diversity. Stories to make you think about life and stories to make you laugh. There are tales of horror (Poe), alternate history, and speculative fiction (not sci-fi really, think along the lines of Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery").Among the classics I had previously read, I was delighted to find both unfamiliar stories by familiar authors and unfamiliar stories by unfamilia [...]

    • Scott says:

      The best collection of short stories I've ever read. It focuses mostly on modern, Western, fiction, but within that there is definitely plenty of variety. Every story is a delight, and they are not the traditional anthology picks either, and so there are a lot that I had never bumped into before reading this book.

    • Levent Pekcan says:

      Çok tanınmış yazarların son derece bayık öykülerinden oluşan, basbayağı sıkıcı bir seçki. Tavsiye edemeyeceğim.

    • Stewart says:

      “50 Great Short Stories,” first published in 1952 and edited by Milton Crane, has been a popular high school textbook in the U.S judging by the number of printings the book has had. The weathered copy I read was the 46th printing in 1983 and used as a textbook for Skyline High School in Oakland. Of the 50 short stories, I remember reading seven of them before. The stories are by well-known writers such as Hemingway, Wharton, Poe, Steinbeck, Woolf, and Faulkner – and lesser-known writers s [...]

    • M says:

      I'm not going to try to give individual ratings or comments for all 50 stories, since that would be ridiculous. Instead, I'll just give my thoughts on the anthology as a whole. I found it to be a really enjoyable and fun read, even if it definitely has flaws. For one thing, the writers skew fairly white and male, though that's to be expected from an anthology from the 50s. I do wish this had had the sort of things I associate with more modern anthologies, like proper biographical notes and perha [...]

    • Lola says:

      I picked up this book by chance at Salvation Army. I had never heard of Milton Crane or his anthologies of short stories. I did, however, recognize many others that I had read or wanted to read on the cover.50 Great Short Stories isn't a great title for this collection. 5o Good Short Stories would've been better. Most of these stories were good, but they certainly weren't all great. The Dorothy Parker one included is probably one of my least favorite of hers, and as usual I had no clue what Hemi [...]

    • Vishy says:

      A solid collection of classic short stories. My favourites were the one by Arthur Schnitzler (he is a master), Max Beerbohm (new discovery and very wonderful), Anatole France, Joseph Conrad (such exquisite prose), Flannery O'Connor (want to read all her stories), Frank O'Connor (one of my favourite stories from the book), William Saroyan (how can we not love a story with a horse) and Katherine Mansfield (I never got the point of 'The Garden Party' before, but when I read it now I loved it).

    • Katie says:

      There are a few stories in this book that knocked my socks off. If you are a fan of modern fiction written in the 19th and 20th century all around the world, then this is the book for you. Great little paperback to have on hand when travelling.

    • Sadiq sagheer says:

      Most of the stories in this book are crap,not even a single story can be called good.The name of this book is just a scam to sell this book

    • James says:

      I like my short stories like I like my short stories: short. The long ones sucked. Short was were good, but could be shorter.

    • 晏德心 says:

      Though it is true that I doesn't like every story in this book. I felt that this book should still deserve a four star rating. After all, with so many authors in one book, it is difficult to please everyone with every story selected, right? One of the virtue of this book is that it enables the reader to meet more authors, and maybe eventually found several,authors that he or she likes. Which I think, by the large range of selection, is what this book had successfully accomplished.

    • Liam says:

      A dated anthology, limited to the typical canonical writers of its period. Not much variety in genre either - it's all very, very modernist. I didn't see a single sci-fi short, although I suppose those were considered low-brow pulp in the 50's. Nevertheless, most of the stories in this anthology make for seminal reading on the count of their quality.

    • EmilyPhilbin says:

      Some great classic stories in here and some I had never read and am glad I was exposed to finally. Read this for a course and though the stories were great, unfortunately the materials that accompanied them were, well, not so much. Wish there had been even more contemporary stories, but perhaps in another addition.

    • Sarah Nuckolls says:

      I'd say about half of the stories in this book are great short stories. The rest fall flat and lack the wit and sparkle of the first half. The problem is that they are evenly interspersed throughout the book so that the reader has to find the great ones. Some of the stories I had to skip over altogether because I just could not get through them.

    • Jacalyn says:

      I enjoyed the different styles of writing, each style has a different affect on you. I enjoy stories that dig up the emotions you didn't know were there. A few of the stories did this and other just opened up my eyes to different style of writing.

    • C.G. Fewston says:

      50 Great Short Stories (1952) is edited by Milton Crane and contains stories no later than 1954 (the second edition), despite being reissued in September, 2005. So there are no new stories in this collection (none in the last sixty years, that is). The earliest story in the collection was the famous ''A Good Man is Hard to Find'' by Flannery O'Connor and this story was copyrighted in 1953. The only other stories that come close were published in 1947 and 1948. It looks like the second edition wa [...]

    • Tyler says:

      almost killed my desire to read anything else ever again, completed about ~70%

    • Gonzalo De prada says:

      A good selection

    • Bianca says:

      need to read it again if it is possible

    • Irina (Beautiful pages) says:

      I don't understand why the stories in this book are called great. Maybe I'm just not smart enough to understand. Anyway, there were only a few stories which were interesting to me.

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