The Penguin Book of the British Short Story: I

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This anthology celebrates the full diversity and energy of its writers, subjects and tones, from the story’s origins with Defoe, Swift and Fielding, to the ‘golden age’ of the fin de siècle and Edwardian period, ending with the First World War. Including the most famous authors as well as some little-known stories never republished since their first appearance in magazines and periodicals, these stories are by turns topical and playful, ghostly and theatrical, rumbustious and sublime.

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‘A bold anthology … alive with provocations and insights’ John Carey, Sunday Times

‘The Boy-scouts mistook my signal, and have killed the postman. I’ve had very little practice in this sort of thing, you see’

The British short story tradition is probably the richest, most varied and historically extensive in the world. This new anthology celebrates the full diversity and energy of its writers, subjects and tones, from the story’s origins with Defoe, Swift and Fielding, to the ‘golden age’ of the fin de siècle and Edwardian period, ending with the First World War. Including the most famous authors as well as some magnificent, little-known stories never republished since their first appearance in magazines and periodicals, these stories are by turns topical and playful, ghostly and theatrical, rumbustious and sublime.

Edited with an introduction by Philip Hensher

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Weight0.521 kg
Dimensions19.8 × 12.9 × 3.2 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

xxvi, 717

Language

English

Edition

Short stories

Dewey

823.0108 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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