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Short Shorts (1982) [Anthology]
by Sholom Aleichem Sherwood Anderson Isaac Babel Heinrich Böll Jorge Luis Borges Anton Chekhov Stephen Crane Paula Fox Gabriel García Márquez João Guimarães Rosa Ernest Hemingway James Joyce Franz Kafka Marie Luise Kaschnitz Gottfried Keller Heinrich von Kleist D. H. Lawrence Doris Lessing Guy de Maupassant Yukio Mishima Augusto Monterroso Grace Paley Octavio Paz I.L. Peretz Luigi Pirandello Katherine Anne Porter Varlam Shalamov James Thurber Leo Tolstoy Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa Luisa Valenzuela Giovanni Verga Jerome Weidman William Carlos Williams Mikhail Zoshchenko Rating: Weighted - 7.9 / Average - 8.0 of 10 (1 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (IBList user synopsis):

Thirty-eight brief fictions, both classic and contemporary, by well-known authors from around the world.

In the introduction, the editors describe the 'short short' as being "different from the usual kind of short story. How so? It is fiercely condensed, almost like a lyric poem; it explodes in a burst of revelation or illumination; it confines itself to a single overpowering incident; it bears symbolic weight."

Edited by Irving Howe and Ilana Wiener Howe


  • Part One
    • The Three Hermits by Leo Tolstoy
    • Alyosha the Pot by Leo Tolstoy
    • The Beggarwoman of Locarno by Heinrich von Kleist
    • A Little Legend of the Dance by Gottfried Keller
    • After the Theatre by Anton Chekhov
    • The Wolf by Giovanni Verga
    • An Episode of War by Stephen Crane
    • An Old Man by Guy de Maupassant
    • The Third Bank of the River by João Guimarães Rosa
    • A Yom Kippur Scandal by Sholom Aleichem
    • If Not Higher by I.L. Peretz
  • Part Two
    • Eveline by James Joyce
    • A Sick Collier by D.H. Lawrence
    • The Soft Touch of Grass by Luigi Pirandello
    • The Hunter Gracchus by Franz Kafka
    • The First Sorrow by Franz Kafka
    • The Untold Lie by Sherwood Anderson
    • Paper Pills by Sherwood Anderson
    • A Clean, Well-Lighted Place by Ernest Hemingway
    • Joy and the Law by Giuseppe di Lampedusa
    • Magic by Katherine Anne Porter
    • The Death of Dolgushov by Isaac Babel
    • The Bathhouse by Mikhail Zoschenko
    • The Use of Force by William Carlos Williams
    • Swaddling Clothes by Yukio Mishima
    • If Grant Had Been Drinking at Appomattox by James Thurber
    • Homage for Isaac Babel by Doris Lessing
    • The Dead Man by Jorge Luis Borges
    • In the Night by Varlam Shalamov
    • The Blue Bouquet by Octavio Paz
    • My Father Sits in the Dark by Jerome Weidman
    • Wants by Grace Paley
    • Bitterness for Three Sleepwalkers by Gabriel García Márquez
    • The Eclipse by Augusto Monterroso
    • The Laugher by Heinrich Böll
    • News from the World by Paula Fox
    • Going to Jerusalem by Maria Luise Kaschnitz
    • The Censors by Luisa Valenzuela

Original title: Short Shorts: An Anthology of the Shortest Stories
Original languages: Various


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction

The following works are contained within this one:
     Beggarwoman of Locarno, the (1810) [Short Story]
      Author: Heinrich von Kleist
     Little Legend of the Dance, a (1872) [Short Story]
      Author: Gottfried Keller
     Wolf, the (1880) [Short Story]
      Author: Giovanni Verga
     Old Man, an (1882) [Short Story]
      Author: Guy de Maupassant
     Three Hermits, the (1886) [Short Story]
      Author: Leo Tolstoy
     Episode of War, an (1902) [Short Story]
      Author: Stephen Crane
     Alyosha the Pot (1911) [Short Story]
      Author: Leo Tolstoy
     Eveline (1914) [Short Story]
      Author: James Joyce
     Bathhouse, the (1924) [Short Story]
      Author: Mikhail Zoshchenko
     If Grant Had Been Drinking at Appomattox (1930) [Short Story]
      Author: James Thurber
     Clean, Well-Lighted Place, a (1933) [Short Story]
      Author: Ernest Hemingway
     My Father Sits in the Dark (1935) [Short Story]
      Author: Jerome Weidman
     Use of Force, the (1938) [Short Story]
      Author: William Carlos Williams
     Blue Bouquet, the (1949) [Short Story]
      Author: Octavio Paz
     Laugher, the (1952) [Short Story]
      Author: Heinrich Böll
     Going to Jerusalem (1960) [Short Story]
      Author: Marie Luise Kaschnitz
     Joy and the Law (1961) [Short Story]
      Author: Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
     Homage for Isaac Babel (1961) [Short Story]
      Author: Doris Lessing
     Third Bank of the River, the (1962) [Short Story]
      Author: João Guimarães Rosa
     Censors, the (1980) [Short Story]
      Author: Luisa Valenzuela

Edition #1: Short Shorts

Short Shorts (1982)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edited by: Ilana Wiener Howe Irving Howe
  • "[These stories] are small only in measure. All contain social and psychological resonances that sound long after the book is closed." Stefan Kanfer, Time
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Short Shorts (1983)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Bantam Books
ISBN: 0553235028
Dimensions: x x
Pages: 205

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