Sixty Stories

Author: Donald Barthelme,David Gates

Publisher: Penguin Classics

ISBN: 9780141180939

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 451

View: 7995

This excellent collection of Donald Barthelme's literary output during the 1960s and 1970s covers the period when the writer came to prominence--producing the stories, satires, parodies, and other formal experiments that altered fiction as we know it--and wrote many of the most beautiful sentences in the English language. Due to the unfortunate discontinuance of many of Barthelme's titles, 60 Stories now stands as one of the broadest overviews of his work, containing selections from eight previously published books, as well as a number of other short works that had been otherwise uncollected.

Portraits of Recovery

Sixty Stories of Hope and Faith

Author: Adam Gaynor

Publisher: Studio


Category: Self-Help

Page: 129

View: 9447

A moving compilation of personal testimonies introduces sixty men and women who have moved from addiction to recovery from substance abuse, as each of them relates his or her own story in the hope that readers will be inspired and motivated by their efforts. Original. 25,000 first printing.

American Short Story since 1950

Author: Kasia Boddy

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748631631

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 184

View: 6602

The American Short Story since 1950 offers a reappraisal and contextualisation of a critically underrated genre during a particularly rich period in its history. It offers new readings of important stories by key writers including Flannery O'Connor, John Cheever, Donald Barthelme, Raymond Carver, Lorrie Moore and Grace Paley. These readings are related throughout to the various contexts in which stories are written and published, including creative writing schools, story-writing handbooks, mass market and 'little' magazines.

Atmospheric Things

On the Allure of Elemental Envelopment

Author: Derek P. McCormack

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822371731

Category: Science

Page: 304

View: 3446

In Atmospheric Things Derek P. McCormack explores how atmospheres are imagined, understood, and experienced through experiments with a deceptively simple object: the balloon. Since the invention of balloon flight in the late eighteenth century, balloons have drawn crowds at fairs and expositions, inspired the visions of artists and writers, and driven technological development from meteorology to military surveillance. By foregrounding the distinctive properties of the balloon, McCormack reveals its remarkable capacity to disclose the affective and meteorological dimensions of atmospheres. Drawing together different senses of the object, the elements, and experience, McCormack uses the balloon to show how practices and technologies of envelopment allow atmospheres to be generated, made meaningful, and modified. He traces the alluring entanglement of envelopment in artistic, political, and technological projects, from the 2009 Pixar movie Up and Andy Warhol’s 1966 installation Silver Clouds to the use of propaganda balloons during the Cold War and Google's experiments with delivering internet access with stratospheric balloons. In so doing, McCormack offers new ways to conceive of, sense, and value the atmospheres in which life is immersed.

Sixty Spooky, Strange and Surprising Stories about Abingdon

Author: Judy Stubley

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1780885245

Category: Abingdon (England)

Page: 136

View: 1183

One day Judy was working in Abingdon Library, on her novel ‘The Story Traveller’, when she was approached by Brother Cedric- a ghost who died in 1327.At first she thought she was having a weird day dream, however on her next visit to the Library Brother Cedric again made himself known and asked her to ghost write his book for him. But then as Judy says in her foreword: ‘What writer wouldn’t jump at the chance to be a ‘ghost writer’ to a real ghost.’Brother Cedric, who used to illustrate the manuscripts at the Abbey, has been haunting the town ever since his untimely death. He has witnessed all the major events that have occurred since then and, as he has always taken an enormous interest in the local printers to the point of haunting them, he knows a great deal of other information about the town and its people.He is well aware that many wonderful history books have been written about Abingdon, but he wanted to write a book more specifically for children, to whet their appetites. That is why he sees this book as a ‘pick and mix’, in the hope that his young readers will want to delve even closer into the rich tapestry that makes up the stories of Abingdon.

Flying to America

45 More Stories

Author: Donald Barthelme

Publisher: Catapult

ISBN: 1582439176

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 5023

A volume of the National Book Award–winning author’s uncollected—and three previously unpublished—short stories “arrives like a wonderous jewel unearthed” (Literary Journal). Donald Barthelme is widely recognized as one of the most influential and inventive writers of the 20th century. In this volume of unpublished or previously uncollected stories, he displays his keen eye for the absurd as well as his uniquely engaging, epiphanic, and richly textured style. The stories collected here delve into the themes that most fascinated Barthelme: the perils of the unfulfilled existence; the relationships between politics, art, sex, and life; and the importance of continuing to ask questions even though we are unable to learn the answers. Spanning Barthelme’s career, this posthumous collection includes his first published story, ‘Pages from the Annual Report,’ which appeared in 1959 under a pseudonym, as well as his last, ‘Tickets,’ published in The New Yorker shortly before he died in 1989. From this broad scope, “it is possible . . . to trace the author’s development from an early postmodern baroque . . . to the fragmentary, almost minimalist style of his late-’60s and early-’70s prime” (Los Angeles Times).

Bukusu stories

sixty Chingano from Western Kenya ; Bukusu texts and English translations

Author: Jan de Wolf,K. F. de Blois

Publisher: Lit Verlag

ISBN: 9783825885038

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 175

View: 6667

Story telling was still a vital art in western Kenya in the second half of the twentieth century, as several collections published in East Africa testify. However, most of these books contain only English language versions and have adopted literary conventions which are not characteristic of oral performances. In this volume sixty stories are presented in one of the local languages which follow closely the oral format, based on actual recordings, together with faithful translations in English. The stories were collected around 1970 and show a wide variety of themes and modes of delivery. Book jacket.

Sudden Fiction International

Sixty Short-short Stories

Author: Robert Shapard,James Thomas

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393306132

Category: Fiction

Page: 342

View: 7575

Following the recent popular success of Sudden Fiction, this volume enters new realms to gather more than fifty of the best and most compelling short stories--each complete and no more than five pages--from all over the world.

In Bed With Sherlock Holmes

Sexual Elements in Arthur Conan Doyle's Stories of the great Detective

Author: Christopher Redmond

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 1770700374

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

View: 1919

In Bed with Sherlock Holmes provides a witty and well-researched discussion of the sexual elements in the Sherlock Holmes stories, and in Conan Doyle’s own life. An expert commentator on all things Victorian, Doyle also reflects that period’s attitudes toward sex and erotic love. This commentary will make the Sherlock Holmes stories even more interesting and intriguing since Redmond uses published and unpublished articles, books and letters, as well as quotes from speeches given at meetings, to enliven the text and give a broad out-look to this unusual assessment of Doyle’s best known stories. Each chapter opens with one of the original Sidney Paget illustrations. Bibliography. Index.

The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain

Author: Mark Twain

Publisher: Bantam Classics

ISBN: 0553901966

Category: Fiction

Page: 848

View: 3036

For deft plotting, riotous inventiveness, unforgettable characters, and language that brilliantly captures the lively rhythms of American speech, no American writer comes close to Mark Twain. This sparkling anthology covers the entire span of Twain’s inimitable yarn-spinning, from his early broad comedy to the biting satire of his later years. Every one of his sixty stories is here: ranging from the frontier humor of “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” to the bitter vision of humankind in “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg,” to the delightful hilarity of “Is He Living or Is He Dead?” Surging with Twain’s ebullient wit and penetrating insight into the follies of human nature, this volume is a vibrant summation of the career of–in the words of H. L. Mencken–“the father of our national literature.” From the Paperback edition.

The Scientific Sherlock Holmes

Cracking the Case with Science and Forensics

Author: James O'Brien

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199794960

Category: Fiction

Page: 175

View: 2025

One of the most popular and widely known characters in all of fiction, Sherlock Holmes has an enduring appeal based largely on his uncanny ability to make the most remarkable deductions from the most mundane facts. The very first words that Sherlock Holmes ever says to Dr. Watson are, "How are you? You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive." Watson responds, "How on earth did you know that?" And so a crime-solving legend is born. In The Scientific Sherlock Holmes, James O'Brien provides an in-depth look at Holmes's use of science in his investigations. Indeed, one reason for Holmes's appeal is his frequent use of the scientific method and the vast scientific knowledge which he drew upon to solve mysteries. For instance, in heart of the book, the author reveals that Holmes was a pioneer of forensic science, making use of fingerprinting well before Scotland Yard itself had adopted the method. One of the more appealing aspects of the book is how the author includes real-world background on topics such as handwriting analysis, describing how it was used to capture the New York Zodiac killer and to clinch the case against the Lindbergh baby kidnapper. Sherlock Holmes was knowledgeable about several sciences, most notably chemistry. Therefore the book takes a close look at Holmes the chemist and discusses, for example, chemical poisons such as carbon monoxide, chloroform, and Prussic acid (the historical name for hydrogen cyanide). The author also debunks Isaac Asimov's famous assertion that Holmes was a blundering chemist. In addition, the book discusses mathematics, physics, biology, astronomy, meteorology, and geology, always in the context of Holmes's exploits. Sherlock Holmes continues to fascinate millions of readers and movie goers alike. The Scientific Sherlock Holmes is a must-read for the legion of fans of this most beloved of all fictional detectives.

Forty Stories

Author: Donald Barthelme

Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics

ISBN: 9780141180946

Category: Experimental fiction, American

Page: 246

View: 759

This collection of pithy, brilliantly acerbic pieces is a companion to Sixty Stories, Barthelme's earlier retrospective volume. Barthelme spotlights the idiosyncratic, haughty, sometimes downright ludicrous behavior of human beings, but it is style rather than content which takes precedence.

Singularity and Other Stories

Author: Melanie Tem

Publisher: Crossroad Press


Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 2677

Singularity gathers award-winning writer Melanie Tem’s most important short fiction, highlighting her diversity and mastery of her art. The sixty stories collected here range from "Sitting with the Driver," a western with a dark woman at its center, to "Little Shit," a contemporary tale of a woman who uses her deceptive appearance and psychic power to trap those who prey on the helpless. The child in "Corn teeth" longs not only to become a part of an alien family, but also to become an alien. And in the title tale, a man studies singularities and strin theory to both understand and blind himself to the truth about the woman he loves. Although the story is not science fiction, its exploration of physics is as rigorous as that found in the best sf. Here you will find no triumphant warriors, no powerful and beautiful protagonists, no monsters from beyond the dark cold void or madmen bent on conquest. Tem's characters are mothers and siblings, orphans and lonely seniors. Her stories are often about family, and always about relationships. Even though Kelly is the only character in "Iced in," the bitter truth that lies at the story's heart is that she is doomed by her failure to maintain relationships. Melanie Tem's stories are often haunted by ghosts and monsters, ghosts and monsters revealed as all too human. In Singularity, she explores the love and terror that lie deep within all of us.

Portraits of Buddhist Women

Stories from the Saddharmaratnavaliya

Author: Dharmasēna (Thera),Ranjini Obeyesekere

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791451120

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 231

View: 4212

A collection of stories about women from the thirteenth-century Buddhist work that reveals much about women's status in their society and within Buddhism.

Boys and Literacy

Exploring the Issues

Author: Trisha Maynard

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134558562

Category: Education

Page: 176

View: 4619

In recent years the issue of boys and literacy, namely that they are worse at it compared to girls, has become a key area of interest to all those concerned with the education of our children. This book highlights the key factors causing this divide and discusses the implementation of new strategies to overcome it, which have been the result of extensive qualitative research made by the author. Trisha Maynard reports case study findings of a primary school whose staff wanted to explore and improve boys' attitudes towards and attainment in literacy, and in particular their difficulties with writing. The book highlights issues concerning the reading and writing of stories, what teachers understand by 'good story writing' and the importance of teachers exploring boys' and girls' difficulties with literacy by themselves. It provides significant insight into boys' difficulties with writing as well as informing teachers how to find out about children's attainment.

An Epicure in the Terrible

A Centennial Anthology of Essays in Honor of H.P. Lovecraft

Author: Howard Phillips Lovecraft,David E. Schultz

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838634158

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 347

View: 4428

To commemorate the centennial of the birth of H. P. Lovecraft, the editors have assembled essays by leading Lovecraft scholars that embody a wide variety of critical approaches. Biographical essays treat Lovecraft's relation to his parents and his heritage; thematic essays discuss issues such as the function of the narrator in his fiction; and the comparative and genre studies examine Lovecraft's relation to modernism.


A Collection of Short Stories

Author: V. Sasikumar

Publisher: Orient Blackswan

ISBN: 9788125022374


Page: 88

View: 8277

This is an anthology of brilliant short stories by some of the best-known short story writers such as O Henry, Somerset Maugham, Ernest Hemingway, Evelyn Waugh, Ruskin Bond and others. The questions and discussions that follow each of the short stories enhance the value of the texts by guiding students to understand the theme, the plot and the deeper meanings of the stories other than forming an idea of the techniques employed by the story writer to strike the required effects in a story. The book can be used as a supplementary reader not only at the intermediate level in any part of the country but also at the undergraduate level.