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The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction Paperback – May 23, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0312442712 ISBN-10: 0312442718 Edition: 7th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1152 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; 7th edition (May 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312442718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312442712
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

ANN CHARTERS (Ph.D., Columbia University) is a professor of English at the University of Connecticut and has taught courses in the short story for over thirty years. A preeminent authority on the Beat writers, Charters has written a critically acclaimed biography of Jack Kerouac; compiled Beats & Company, a collection of her own photographs of Beat writers; and edited the best-selling Portable Beat Reader. Her recent books include The Kerouac Reader, Selected Letters of Jack Kerouac, 1957-1969, Beat Down to Your Soul, and The Portable Sixties Reader. Her other textbooks with Bedford/St. Martin's include Literature and Its Writers, co-edited with Samuel Charters, and The American Short Story and Its Writer.

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Customer Reviews

Don't be fooled into getting this copy.
Phillip
I like the format of this book...it is easy to read and understand.
Lois Shattuck
The book contains tons of great short stories.
Mikhail Strukov

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By LP Singer on September 13, 2009
A warning to students using this as a textbook: take note that this version is the COMPACT 7th edition, and may very well be useless to you if you've been assigned the 7th edition of the text. To call this book "compact" is incredibly misleading. It's outright missing fifty-one stories and then some, compared against the regular version. The last sentence in the description on the back cover, not replicated in Amazon's product description, briefly mentions the book's creative definition of "compact." The word isn't even part of the official title, so you won't find it listed as such on Amazon's website. The only indication that this is the vastly shorter version is the cover image, which is probably too small to easily make out, and the listed word count, which only helps if you know what it's supposed to be. Had they called this a condensed or abridged version, or an excised one, the book's nature would be much clearer. Also, I might not be out forty bucks. I'm guessing I'm not the first. Good luck finding the regular 7th edition on Amazon; I couldn't.

Content-wise, I expect this to be an excellent and informative book. It has a very wide range of authors and stories, even when missing 40% of them. Were I reviewing the regular edition, I would likely give it five stars. Perhaps I will, after I'm forced to buy it too.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Phillip on February 1, 2010
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I mistakenly bought this text for my class at Villanova. Later, I spoke to my prof and he told me to get the original text. Unfortunately, this meant returning the text to Amazon and shelling out money to the college bookstore on campus. Used text was $50 and new text was $60. I got a slightly used text. Don't be fooled into getting this copy. I was and had to deal with the whole process of an Amazon return. Check the ISBN number and with your professor. I noticed that my class syllabus had around 1/2 of short stories not in the condensed version. If there was a link to the actual text, then I could write good things about it. Unfortunately, this text is abridged and not much good to say about except its lighter weight. The problem is that it's missing some of the crucial stories that my professor had planned us to read later in the semester.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mikhail Strukov on July 24, 2010
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The book contains tons of great short stories. Unfortunately, the paper it is printed on is so thin that pages bend, and the book starts to look old after a couple of days of reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Natta on February 15, 2009
There are two versions of this book: regular and "compact", which has significantly less material in it. If you are buying this for a class, make sure you are ordering the correct one.
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By John Wagoner on March 13, 2015
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Tons of great writing, interesting bios that can make it a lot easier to understand the more subtle aspects to the stories. Great for teaching material, great for individual reading. My teacher assigns readings out of it and I've enjoyed every single one. That might be her selection, but I would recommend this 100%. I r8 8/8 m8.
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Wow! So many great short stories! Many items that I enjoyed while in college and also I was able to discuss with my high school children. Very good choice of literature that brings questions and deep thought to the reader.
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