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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553103156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553103151
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

Customer Reviews

I keep this book of 50 Great Short Stories by my bed for night reading.
J. B. Burke
This is the best collection of a wide range of short stories by various authors I've ever read.
knvmxi
We also purchased the companion workbook that goes along with this book.
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Dunlavy on April 30, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the best collection of the best stories ever written in America. It covers 200 years of fiction including undeniable classics such as "Young Goodman Brown," "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky," and "Soldiers of the Republic," and relatively unknown masterpieces such as "A Dead Issue," by Charles Macomb Flandrau, and "The Meeting Place," by Oliver LaFarge. Writers represented include the well-known and widely-honered (Washington Irving, Jack London, John Steinbeck) and the less-celebrated (Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Robert M. Coates, Seymour Friedgood). Everyone, no matter his or her taste, will find twenty or more of these stories to be among the best they have ever read. Finally, the reader may discover within this volume the doorway to a writer, new to him or her, whose work becomes a lifelong passion.
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54 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Eugene N. Kilmer on January 26, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The ISBN number for this book is actually for a book with the same title and by the same author, but a book having different stories in it. If you take look inside this book, you'll see right away that the cover presented to you looks different. Further investigation reveals that the stories inside the book are not those mentioned by the other reviewers. In short, if you're looking for Milton Crane's "50 Great Stories", ISBN 0553277456, this is not it.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By EPerry on August 24, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I carry my little book everywhere, and when I'm bored, or waiting, or am in need of a bit of wisdom, my book is right there in my purse! It allows me to read great authors at any time...and the stories are usually only four or five pages long! Love it! Joyce, Chekhov, Steinbeck, Poushkin, Hemingway....all there. How can you go wrong....reading these great authors for such a small price.

I recommend it highly; then the next time you stop for a coffee, you can get a reading "fix" at the same time. Doesn't matter if you've read the stories before, as a good writer allows you to see something new each time you read it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Arsov on October 19, 2012
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50 Great Short Stories

Edited by Milton Crane

Bantam, Paperback, [2005].
12mo. [xii]+571 pp. Edited by Milton Crane. "What Makes a Great Short Story" [i] and "A Note on the Making of This Book" [xi] by the editor. Title and Author Indexes [pp. 561-71].

First published thus, 1952.

Contents

The Garden Party - Katherine Mansfield
The Three-Day Blow - Ernest Hemingway
The Standard of Living - Dorothy Parker
The Saint - V. S. Pritchett
The Other Side of the Hedge - E. M. Forster
Brooksmith - Henry James
The Jockey - Carson McCullers
The Courting of Dinah Shadd - Rudyard Kipling
The Shot - Alexander Pushkin (translated by T. Keane)
Graven Image - John O'Hara
Putois - Anatole France (translated by Frederic Chapman)
Only the Dead Know Brooklyn - Thomas Wolfe
A. V. Laider - Max Beerbohm
The Lottery - Shirley Jackson
The Masque of the Red Death - Edgar Allan Poe
Looking Back - Guy de Maupassant (translated by H. N. P. Sloman)
The Man Higher Up - O. Henry
The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse - William Saroyan
The Other Two - Edith Wharton
Theft - Katherine Anne Porter
A Good Man Is Hard to Find - Flannery O'Connor
The Man of the House - Frank O'Connor
The Man Who Shot Snapping Turtles - Edmund Wilson
The Gioconda Smile - Aldous Huxley
The Curfew Tolls - Stephen Vincent Benet
Father Wakes Up the Village - Clarence Day
Ivy Day in the Committee Room - James Joyce
The Chrysanthemums - John Steinbeck
The Door - E. B.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jock A. Rand on November 5, 2004
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This book is filled with great stories, many of which I first encountered in high school years ago. "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky" is just one of many. This book is great on several levels, but for those who fondly remember great tales that actually had a plot and did something, this is the book for you. The only other collection of stories that I like this much was McCrae's "The Children's Corner"--filled with hilarious, disturbing, and great-plotted stories that will keep you reading into the wee hours. Highly recommended
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. B. Burke on October 3, 2008
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I keep this book of 50 Great Short Stories by my bed for night reading. All the stories are terrific, the best written in English. I knew that this books was used by universities for writing instruction, as well it should. Few can resist the power of a six page wallop of a story. This box has 50 of them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Linda Callis on November 3, 2006
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I was looking for an anthology for my class to read; this is the one I chose. There is an excellent cross section of authors and story types.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary M. Nyman on December 16, 2010
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50 GREAT SHORT STORIES (ISBN 0-553-27745-6) is a superb collection because it has stories for people of all ages and backgrounds. I found it to be especially meaningful for high school students because they were able to relate to the many situations, present or past, of life experiences contained in this collection. In fact, this is what prompted the creation of a textbook to accompany the stories. It was published by J. Weston Walch in 1994.
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