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Oxford Book of English Love Stories, the (1997) [Anthology]
by Aphra Behn Arnold Bennett Phyllis Bentley Elizabeth Bowen Joyce Cary A. E. Coppard John Galsworthy Elizabeth Gaskell C.C.K. Gonner Graham Greene Thomas Hardy William Hazlitt Aldous Huxley Rudyard Kipling D. H. Lawrence Sara Maitland Katherine Mansfield Adam Mars-Jones W. Somerset Maugham Sylvia Plath V. S. Pritchett Anne Isabella Ritchie Mary Shelley William Makepeace Thackeray Paul Theroux Anthony Trollope H. G. Wells Virginia Woolf Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Series: Oxford Books of Prose

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Adulterous love, marital love, virginal love, religious devotion, agape, lust, eros: there are an infinite variety of meanings that can be packed into the four letters that spell love, and writers of fiction have been trying for centuries to plumb its depths. We turn to literature in large part to learn what love is and what it should be, and readers of The Oxford Book of English Love Stories will find consolation and inspiration in equal measure from some of the sharpest observers of this most essential human emotion.

From the bittersweet ending of Trollope's ultra-Trollopian "The Parson's Daughter of Oxney Colne;" to the intricate rituals of courtship in Sylvia Plath's "Stone Boy with Dolphin;" to Paul Theroux's sardonic study of innocence in "An English Unofficial Rose," this collection is a looking glass into the many moods of love. Editor John Sutherland has searched two centuries of English literature to select twenty-eight wholly original works, choosing those that best represent the rich and varied nature of love itself. Readers will find stories by Mary Shelley, W. M. Thackeray, Thomas Hardy, H. G. Wells, John Galsworthy, Virginia Woolf, Aldous Huxley, Graham Greene, and many others, all of which explore the infinite varieties of love and its shifting rules. Indeed, the rules of the game of love tend to change with every new set of players and with each generation. In D.H. Lawrence's "Samson and Delilah," the game is violent and fraught with physical injury. In Katherine Mansfield's "Something Childish but very Natural," love is more reminiscent of two people playing chess blindfolded. And, in Joyce Cary's "The Tunnel," it seems that the lovers cannot, tantalizingly, even get themselves on to the same playing field.

Edited by John Sutherland

"The Adventure of the Black Lady" by Aphra Behn
"The Picture" by William Hazlitt
"The Trial of Love" by Mary Shelley
"The Heart of John Middleton" by Elizabeth Gaskell
"Dennis Haggerty's Wife" by W. M. Thackeray
"The Parson's Daughter of Oxney Colne" by Anthony Trollope
"To Esther" by Anne Ritchie
"Enter a Dragoon" by Thomas Hardy
"Olive's Lover" by C. C. K. Gonner
"The Wish House" by Rudyard Kipling
"Miss Winchester's Heart" by H. G. Wells
"A Long-Ago Affair" by John Galsworthy
"Claribel" by Arnold Bennett
"Episode" by W. Somerset Maugham
"Fifty Pounds" by A. E. Coppard
"The Legacy" by Virginia Woolf
"Samson and Death" by D. H. Lawrence
"The Tunnel" by Joyce Cary
"Something Childish but very Natural" by Katherine Mansfield
"Love and Money" by Phyllis Bentley
"Hubert and Minnie" by Aldous Huxley
"A Love Story" by Elizabeth Bowen
"Blind Love" by V. S. Pritchett
"The Blue Film" by Graham Greene
"Stone Boy With Dolphin" by Sylvia Plath
"An English Unofficial Rose" by Paul Theroux
"The Loveliness of the Long-Distance Runner" by Sara Maitland
"A Small Spade" by Adam Mars-Jones

Original title: The Oxford Book of English Love Stories
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionRomance
FictionGeneral Fiction

The following works are contained within this one:
     Something Childish But Very Natural (1924) [Short Story]
      Author: Katherine Mansfield

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