The Penguin Book of the British Short Story, Volume 1: From Daniel Defoe to PG Wodehouse

The Penguin Book of the British Short Story Volume From Daniel Defoe to PG Wodehouse Hilarious exuberant subtle tender brutal spectacular and above all unexpected these two extraordinary volumes contain the limitless possibilities of the British short story This is the first ant

  • Title: The Penguin Book of the British Short Story, Volume 1: From Daniel Defoe to PG Wodehouse
  • Author: Philip Hensher
  • ISBN: 9780141395999
  • Page: 482
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Hilarious, exuberant, subtle, tender, brutal, spectacular, and above 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 of its writers, subjects and tones The most famous authors are here, and many others, including some magnHilarious, exuberant, subtle, tender, brutal, spectacular, and above 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 of 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 for year in and year out.This volume takes the story from its origins with Defoe, Swift and Fielding to the golden age of the fin de si cle and Edwardian period.Edited and with an introduction by Philip Hensher, the award winning novelist, critic and journalist.

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    1. Varied and inspiring collection of some of the most beautifully written British short stories. Philip Hensher has chosen an eclectic group of stories, some from famous names such as Defoe and Dickens, others by authors who are less well-known today like Stacy Aumonier and Viola Meynell. There is a wide range of topics covered, including those which have a particular resonance today such as poverty, exploitation of workers and hostility towards immigrants. There are also entertaining detective st [...]

    2. The Penguin Book of the British Short Story, Volume 1: Daniel Defoe to John Buchan.Thirty-five stories by thirty-five authors, all significant writers of English literature. It’s like travelling through the history of the British short story, from 1705 to 1925.It begins with Daniel Defoe’s A True Relation of the Apparition of Mrs Veal, the title itself giving a clue to this verbose and incomprehensible affair which I found almost unreadable. Then follows Swift’s advice to his footman, typi [...]

    3. Wonderful and varied collection of short stories, starting with a story by Daniel Defoe written in the early eighteens century. I’ve been dipping into this book over the last two years. Now on to the second volume of Philip Hensher’s selections, covering mostly the twentieth century, and ending with a story by Zadie Smith.

    4. 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 quite 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 (th [...]

    5. 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 quite well known, together with others that have lost favour and vanished in the elapsed time. Consequently, the style varies considerably, yet the quality 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 f [...]

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