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Short Story Collections

Click on the covers to go to the library catalogue.
ballroom  The Ballroom of Romance
William Trevor
(Bodley Head, 1972)
 willow Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
Haruki Murakami
(Harvill Secker, 2006)
 demon The Demon Lover: and other stories 
Elizabeth Bowen
(Cape, 1972)
 kafka A Friend of Kafka
Isaac Bachevis Singer
(Cape, 1972)
  The Little Galloway Girls
Mary Leland
(Hamish Hamilton, 1987) 
 paradiso No Paradiso
William Wall
(Brandon, 2006) 
 sportsmen  

A Sportsman’s Sketches
Turgenev
(J.M. Dent, 1972)

 sugar Sugar and other stories
A.S. Byatt
(Chatto& Windus, 1987) 
 prayers A Thousand Years of Good Prayers 
Yiyun Li
(Fourth Estate, 2006) 
 earth Unaccustomed Earth
Jhumpa Lahiri
(Bloomsbury, 2008) 
 bluefield Walk the Blue Fields
Claire Keegan
(Faber, 2007)
  Day Dreams and other stories
Frank O’Connor
(Pan, 1973) 
  Collected stories Vol.
Sean O’Faolain
(Constable, 1981) 

Those thirteen books constitute an essential library and ‘style-book’ for anyone interested in the pleasure of the story form as well as the technical possibilities within the story. Yiyun Li and Claire Keegan are very young writers but their two books are simply astonishing. Corkery and Turgenev are the international grandfathers of the art form.
Eight of the best individual short stories

  •  Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1835
  • Deux Amis by Guy de Maupassant (1882)
  • The lady with the Dog by Anton Chekhov (1899)
  • Araby by James Joyce (1914)
  • Mr. Loveday’s Little Outing by Evelyn Waugh (1937)
  • They’re Not Your Husband by Raymond Carver (1973)
  • Nightingale by Tobias Wolff (1997)
  • Them Old Cowboy Songs by Annie Proulx (2008)