Fifty Great Short Stories Book Summary and Study Guide

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            One of the best anthologies of short stories published, I think! Long a college and
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high school textbook for just such a story, this collection first published in 1952 continues
to be a landmark of great stories. Most of these are American writers and Crane isn't
saying they're the “greatest” 50, but great they are. From the opening “The Garden
Party” by Katherine Mansfield, and on to Hemingway's “The Three Day Blow” to
Faulkner's “That Evening Sun” to Salinger's “For Esme with Love and Squalor,” Crane's
U.S. entries are superb. James Joyce's “Ivy Day in the Committe Room,” Virginia Woolf's
“The Haunte House,” and W. Somerset Maugham's “A String of Beads” add an impressive
international flavor. Crane points out in his introduction that he has used the
recommendations of 500 collaborators, perhaps in justifying his selections. Even if all 50
may not be your 50, it's still a grand collection.

The review of this Book prepared by Bill Hobbs

Chapter Analysis of Fifty Great Short Stories

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   8 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   Deep South    -   Midwest Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France    -   Ireland

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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