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  • Mass Market Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (August 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451628721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451628725
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought a copy of this book new when I was in high school (!)
Susan Streisel
Personally, I recommend ordering a used copy of the original edition for a consistent picture of the editors' original vision.
Karen Chung
While I have several collections of short stories- this one is by far the best.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By mmcnally@usa.net on July 27, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book uses a wonderfully varied selection of stories to teach the reader about different Point of View's (pov) and how they effect the tone and content of a story. As a wanna-be writer I have found this one of my most effective books I make frequent reference to.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 21, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My review is of the 1966 New American Library edition of the work. I found this book to be an excellent educator in the art of the short - story. The editors give two examples of stories in the following categories: Interior Monlongue, Dramatic Monologue, Letter Narration, Diary Narration, Subjective Narration, Detached Autobiography, Memoir or Observed Narration, Biography or Anonymous Narration, Anonymous Narration Dual Character Point-of- View ,Anonymous Narration Multiple Character Point- of - View Anonymous Narration No Character Point of view. Among the many memorable stories here are classics of the genre by Joyce, Edgar Allan Poe, de Maupassant, Conrad, Henry James, Dostoevsky. There is a great story by Irwin Shaw "Act of Faith"and Updike's well- known "A & P".

There is much to learn and much to enjoy here. However I missed there not being a story from my own personal favorite story-writer Isaac Bashevis Singer.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Karen Chung on April 21, 2007
Format: School & Library Binding
I read the 1966 edition, and these comments apply specifically to that edition.

Literature by its very nature is open-ended and difficult to organize in a truly systematic or conclusive way. You can classify literary writings by culture of origin, historical period, or movement, e.g. Romanticism; yet each work is entirely individual and has something unique to say that cannot be subsumed under any classificatory heading.

The editors of this anthology made the choice of *voice* to organize their selections. From what and whose point of view does the author unravel his or her story? This volume offers one relatively concrete way to approach fiction reading and make it fit a bit more tidily into a curriculum of more easily systematized subjects, like chemistry, statistics, even foreign language learning. Yet "point of view" is only the take-off point. The real value in good literature, of which these stories are outstanding representative examples, is the story, the message, the language, all of which leave technical issues behind in a cloud of dust once you are drawn in to the author's world.

This is probably the best collection of short stories in English I have read. Each one of the stories cuts to the quick on themes of love, hate, separation, reunion, guilt, and death. Some are by familiar authors, who I'd first read in junior high school, others were completely new to me. At no point was I reading just to finish the book; I savored each work. My favorites include pieces by Dorothy Parker, Fyodor Dostoevski, Daniel Keyes, Cynthia Rich (sister of Adrienne), Frank O'Conner, Jean Stafford, Guy de Maupassant, and Saul Bellow.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Brianton on June 13, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was given to us by a Canadian exhange teacher and it has opened up so many avenues of reading. From Shirley Jackson's horror masterpiece The Lottery through to Truman Capote's My Side of the Matter, it is a brilliant, brillant anthology. A lifetime's reading awaits anyone who picks up this book as each story makes you seek out the author.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By HMC on January 5, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I read the first edition as a teenager; it opened my eyes to perspective in literature. This updated edition provides some of the best of the first edition with some new, very satisfying selections.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JZS TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 28, 2014
Format: Paperback
A passing reference to this book on the book forum inspired me to pull out my paperback copy. It proved to be a double blessing. Not only did I revisit a great book of short stories but I realized the book had originally belonged to my late mother in law who had made a few brief comments in the book.

Since I had the book out any way, I re-read the story mentioned on the forum, "Flowers for Algernon", then decided to read the three my MIL had noted as "good" (Updike and Joyce) and "very good" (Dorothy Parker). And then I just kept going :-)

I think this book was originally intended as a text book since the short stories are divided into groups based on the point of view used (i.e., interior monologue, letter narration, etc) with a brief introduction to each section discussing the POV . Don't let that put you off. It may be educational but it is highly enjoyable to read these (very short) short stories by some of the greatest authors that ever lived.

If you find some classic authors too daunting, this is a great opportunity to "meet" them in a less intimidating format. Can't quite bring yourself to jump into "Crime and Punishment"? Here's a chance to enjoy Dostoevsky's delightful "A Novel in Nine Letters". It can also give you a different perspective on some authors. "In Cold Blood"¨ or "Breakfast at Tiffany's" may be the only things you've read by Truman Capote so "My Side of the Matter" will be a complete surprise.

I do have to say that the stories in this book were chosen for their point of view not because they represented the authors best work. That's always a subjective call but I enjoy Parker's poems and reviews more than her short stories and of her short stories I admired "The Leave" more than the example here (although it is brilliant).
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