CHARACTERS à The Penguin Book of the British Short Story Volume 1

REVIEW The Penguin Book of the British Short Story Volume 1

CHARACTERS à The Penguin Book of the British Short Story Volume 1 É [PDF] ❤ The Penguin Book of the British Short Story Volume 1 Author Philip Hensher – Hilarious exuberant subtle tender brutal spectacular and above all unexpected these two extraordinary volumes contain the limF its writers subjects and tones The most famous authors are here and many others including some magnificent stories never republished since their first appearance in magazines and periodicals The Penguin Book of the British Short Story has a permanent authority and will be reached. I love short stories and knew that this magisterial collection of the best of British short stories would be a must have A few not so subtle hints later it magically appeared in my Christmas stocking I've been alternating reading it with my other books and am uite surprised that I've got through the first volume by mid May It's a beautifully produced book and wonderfully edited and introduced by Philip Hensher I'd only read three of the stories of the many contained in this first volume those by Conan Doyle M R James and Saki so there were many surprises in store The most pleasing discoveries among many were the stories by Thackeray Elizabeth Gaskell T Baron Russell Arnold Bennett and E M Delafield The range of stories is excellent covering everything from humour crime ghost stories social comment and studies of environment and character It's difficult to imagine a effective or entertaining overview of the development of the short story in Britain Now for volume two

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For year in and year outThis volume takes the story from its origins The Penguin ePUB #9734 with Defoe Swift and Fielding to the 'golden age' of the fin de siècle and Edwardian periodEdited and with an introduction by Philip Hensher the award winning novelist critic and journalis. A truly awesome selection of 36 early British short stories all by different authors originally published between 1705 and 1926 The authors include a few that are still uite well known together with others that have lost favour and vanished in the elapsed time Conseuently the style varies considerably yet the uality is high throughout For example stories by Conan Doyle Saki Chesterton and Kipling have been reprinted an incredible number of times yet in the midst of this you will find a beautifully written piece by Margaret Oliphant in 1896 an author apparently responsible for than 100 novels My point here is that many of the authors were famous in their time and many of the stories were not reprinted subseuent to their original publication and perhaps subseuent inclusion in the authors anthology This might make a great sampler for the authors included if only their other works were accessible but I shall keep looking Brilliant


The Penguin Book of the British Short Story Volume 1Hilarious exuberant subtle tender brutal spectacular and above Book of Kindle #216 all unexpected these two extraordinary volumes contain the limitless possibilities of the British short story This is the first anthology capacious enough to celebrate the full diversity and energy o. With the sun hanging low on its western limit the expanse of the grass lands framed in the counterscarps of the rising ground took on a gorgeous and sombre aspect A sense of penetrating sadness like that inspired by a grave strain of music disengaged itself from the silence of the fields The men we met walked past slow unsmiling with downcast eyes as if the melancholy of an overburdened earth had weighted their feet bowed their shoulders borne down their glancesJoseph Conrad Amy Foster 1901It took me two years and two months to read this delightfully voluminous anthology of 36 short stories written by 36 British authors from cover to cover which made it uite a uniue reading experience to me As I am fond of the short story form never before was I given a birthday present that offered me so many hours of pleasure besides the lovely feline Bella my children gifted me two years ago but cats versus books perhaps constitute a pretty unfair competition Thomas Girtin The White House at Chelsea 1800As my acuaintance with British literature is at best patchy it would be out of my capacity to judge the uality or representability of the selection Philip Hensher made As a stranger to the Anglosphere I am sure I missed out on the finesse of its peculiar appeal to a British audience but I mostly enjoyed this as a wondrous introduction that gives a flavour of the writing of a great variety of British authors of which I only read one story Silver Blaze by Arthur Conan Doyle and eight authors Mary Lamb Dickens Thomas Hardy Conan Doyle Conrad Arnold Bennett Kipling DH Lawrence before Many names were new to me Nine stories were written by women I can be wrong but I don’t think a similar collection for Dutch short stories covering the same period 1706 1926 would do better from the gender point of view I wondered about but couldn’t check Joost Zwagerman's De Nederlandse en Vlaamse literatuur vanaf 1880 in 250 verhalen but among the names I found mentioned in a review on that anthology only features one woman Maria Dermoût At first I had the impression the stories were organised chronologically by the year of birth of the authors starting with Daniel Defoe born in 1660 and ending with Buchan born in 1875 or in order of date of publishing but this was only roughly so Dorothy Edwards whose story precedes Buchan’s in the book was born in 1903; Holiday Group by EM Delafield and Olive and Camilla by AE Coppard as first published in 1926 were recently published than the last story in the collection which was published in 1915 The King of YpresThe anthology gathers some very famous stories like Stevenson’s The Body Snatcher the aforementioned Silver Blaze by Conan Doyle and The Village That Voted the Earth Was Flat by Rudyard Kipling – a vicious story of revenge and mass delusion and manipulation Many of the stories have separate entries and are reviewed here on GR I most enjoyed Jonathan Swift Directions to the footman very funny Frederick Marryat South West and by West three uarters West a sailor’s love story with a fairy tale element Elisabeth Gaskell Six Weeks at Heppenheim Thomas hardy The Three Strangers Margaret Oliphant The Library Window beautifully written and atmospheric a tad too long winded Max Beerbohm Enoch Soames for its playful take on the supernatural and social critiue Surprisingly my favourite story turned out to be Joseph Conrad’s Amy Foster – moving profound melancholic and gorgeously written I was also touched by the feminist take of Dorothy Edwards A country house on the oppression of women in marriage Both authors I will read of Stacey Aumonier’s story on a simple man in the Great