I bought this as supplemental reading for my 14 year old before high school. I'm very pleased with the chosen stories, they are a comprehensive, easily readable, background of some of the best of American literature. A nice introduction and great literature for a great price.
I purchased this book for a friend who wanted me to help her get interested in literature. I selected this book because it's small (not intimidating) and contains one of my favorite short stories of all time - Bartleby, The Scrivener.
I don't know if she ever read it, but I read the collection in the afternoon before I gave it to her.