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gelareh | Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 19, 2012 at 5:46 AM via web

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I am to compile a short story textbook. What want to ask you is:please guide me about famous and interesting short stories of about 2500 words.

i am a university instructor in iran majored in English literature. We have a university course titled as "oral reproduction of short stories".  I am to compile a short story textbook for that course.

i would be grateful if you would give me any other useful tips in this regard.

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William Delaney | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 19, 2012 at 5:13 AM (Answer #2)

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It would be hard to offer a complete survey of short stories in the small space I have available. The best short stories were written in America, England, France, and Russia. If you only want stories originally written in English, that would exclude great stories written by Maupassant in French and Chekhov in Russian. I suggest that you ask eNotes a number of separate questions, such as "Can you recommend famous and interesting short stories of about 2500 words by American authors?" Then same question about English authors. Then about French, if you want to include stories in translation.

For American authors, you certainly should include Hawthorne, Poe, Hemingway, John Cheever, O. Henry, and I could name many more. Since you have access to the Internet, you could query eNotes about these and other authors. E-Notes has plenty of reference material on short stories.

The best book about short stories that I know of is Understanding Fiction by Cleanth Brooks and Robert Penn Warren. This is full of good short stories and analyses of them. I don't know if you can obtain a copy of this book in Iran. It is often used as a textbook in college courses.

Again, I would suggest that you submit separate questions to eNotes about authors of different nationalities. You can also Google questions such as Best Short Stories?

ENotes contains a wealth of information about Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants" and Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado," two stories that are short and should be included in your anthology.

Good luck!

 

 

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 19, 2012 at 7:11 AM (Answer #3)

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I think that there are some excellent short stories by Poe that are fairly short.  I am thinking of "A Tell-tale Heart" and "The Masque of the Red Death" and these are out of copyright.  You can actually find them here on enotes but you can find full texts online just by typing the title.  Also stories like "The Speckled Band" by Arthur Conan Doyle are out of copyright and may be reprinted for free.  There are some stories, such as "The Necklace" and "The Most Dangerous Game" that are available for free online, but I don't think you can legally reproduce them without permission.  You also might want to avoid overly anthologized stories that your students might have read in high school, such as "The Pedestrian" by Ray Bradbury.

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 19, 2012 at 7:12 AM (Answer #4)

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Stories of 2,500 words end up being a five to ten pages, depending on how you format your book. This is rather short, but there are many writers who have worked in this short format. Ernest Hemingway is recommended in the post above and I would start with his work.

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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted March 19, 2012 at 8:41 AM (Answer #5)

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I would include stories by Kate Chopin, Katherine Mansfield and Sarah Orne Jewett to get some female representation in there, too. I think you could balance the frequently anthologised - like Poe- with the less popular. I would also look to some multicultural stories as well.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 19, 2012 at 11:05 AM (Answer #6)

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I would start with Edgar Allan Poe. At least a half dozen of his short stories are among the best ever written. I agree with Hemingway as well as Faulkner and Steinbeck as a good start.

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gelareh | Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 19, 2012 at 11:59 PM (Answer #7)

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It would be hard to offer a complete survey of short stories in the small space I have available. The best short stories were written in America, England, France, and Russia. If you only want stories originally written in English, that would exclude great stories written by Maupassant in French and Chekhov in Russian. I suggest that you ask eNotes a number of separate questions, such as "Can you recommend famous and interesting short stories of about 2500 words by American authors?" Then same question about English authors. Then about French, if you want to include stories in translation.

For American authors, you certainly should include Hawthorne, Poe, Hemingway, John Cheever, O. Henry, and I could name many more. Since you have access to the Internet, you could query eNotes about these and other authors. E-Notes has plenty of reference material on short stories.

The best book about short stories that I know of is Understanding Fiction by Cleanth Brooks and Robert Penn Warren. This is full of good short stories and analyses of them. I don't know if you can obtain a copy of this book in Iran. It is often used as a textbook in college courses.

Again, I would suggest that you submit separate questions to eNotes about authors of different nationalities. You can also Google questions such as Best Short Stories?

ENotes contains a wealth of information about Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants" and Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado," two stories that are short and should be included in your anthology.

Good luck!

 

 

Thank you so much

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gelareh | Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 20, 2012 at 12:02 AM (Answer #8)

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I think that there are some excellent short stories by Poe that are fairly short.  I am thinking of "A Tell-tale Heart" and "The Masque of the Red Death" and these are out of copyright.  You can actually find them here on enotes but you can find full texts online just by typing the title.  Also stories like "The Speckled Band" by Arthur Conan Doyle are out of copyright and may be reprinted for free.  There are some stories, such as "The Necklace" and "The Most Dangerous Game" that are available for free online, but I don't think you can legally reproduce them without permission.  You also might want to avoid overly anthologized stories that your students might have read in high school, such as "The Pedestrian" by Ray Bradbury.

Thank you

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gelareh | Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 20, 2012 at 12:03 AM (Answer #9)

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I would include stories by Kate Chopin, Katherine Mansfield and Sarah Orne Jewett to get some female representation in there, too. I think you could balance the frequently anthologised - like Poe- with the less popular. I would also look to some multicultural stories as well.

Thanks for your answer

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gelareh | Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 20, 2012 at 12:04 AM (Answer #10)

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In reply to #3:Thank you very much
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gelareh | Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 20, 2012 at 12:07 AM (Answer #11)

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In reply to #6: thank you
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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 21, 2012 at 1:00 PM (Answer #12)

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I would include stories by Flannery O'Connor, an American writer whose stories have deeply flawed characters who almost always achieve what she called a "moment of grace." Many of the stories have a subtle humor to thier otherwise serious themes and plots.

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sureshhooda786 | Student | eNoter

Posted April 1, 2012 at 3:10 PM (Answer #13)

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SEE THOU CAN GO FOR A VARIETY OF SHORT STORIES . I AM DEFINITELY GONNA SUGGEST THOU A FEW WHICH ON MY PART ARE ABSOLUTELY APPROPRIATE.

  • DUSK by saki
  • THE POSTMASTER
  • AN ASTROLOGER' S DAY
  • THE CASE FOR DEFENCE
  • GIRLS
  • A DAY'S WAIT 
  • MARRIAGE IS A PRIVATE AFFAIR
  • AN UMBRELLA MAN
  • A FISHY STORY
  • THE GIFT OF MAGI.
  • THE MONKEY'S PAW ... if that will not be too long for thee

THESE STORIES ARE VALUE BASED AND EXTREMELY DELIGHTFUL . READERS OF ALL AGES WILL BE FASCINATED BY THE STORIES. AFTER READING A FEW MORE STORIES I SHALL LET THEE KNOW SOME MORE OF MY SUGGESTIONS. WAIT FOR THE REPLY!! BEST OF LUCK!!!

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inshirah1 | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted April 3, 2012 at 12:17 AM (Answer #14)

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This category can include writers like; Ahdaf Soueif, Catherine Mansfield,Thomas Hardy, Graham Greene,Ted Hughes and Morris Lurie.

 

Hope this helped...

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lara-2009 | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted April 17, 2012 at 3:19 PM (Answer #15)

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I would recommend a multi-theme short story; such as "The Most dangerous Game" by Richard Connell.

The story has a great deal of symbolism, stereotype and figurative language. Could be also easy to work with.

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ellenweera | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 3, 2012 at 6:54 PM (Answer #16)

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I would recommend you take a look at Stories Of Ourselves, a textbook produced by The University of Cambridge. It has a range of short stories, many with approximately 2500 words. 

A particularly good short story in this is called "There Will Come Soft Rains" by Ray Bradbury, exploring the self destruction of man by the improvement of technology. This is well contrasted with another story in the textbook named "Meteor" by John Wyndham which symbolises the selfish and destructive qualities in a human.

I studied this book for my IGCSE and really enjoyed a few of the stories when they were taught in the right way.

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drahmad1989 | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted May 4, 2012 at 6:31 AM (Answer #17)

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I think in short stories you can search book  of English short stories for B.Sc. Students in Pakistan.

 

alot of good short stories can be found there.

"Damned Human Race" is full with humur lesson.

"sulphide and bromide " is also a great story . You can find all stories include in syllabus full with lessons and humour. thnks

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