The Art of the Short Story: 52 Great Authors, Their Best Short Fiction, and Their Insights on Writing

The Art of the Short Story is edited by Dana Gioia with R.S. Gwynn.

From Chinua Achebe and Sherwood Anderson to Edith Wharton and Virginia Woolf, The Art of the Short Story presents masterpieces of short fiction from 52 classic, contemporary and new voices. No other collection of short stories encompasses such a vast and enriching global and historical mix. This book’s unique integration of biographical, literary and critical material gives readers a fascinating and intimate knowledge of literature and literary creativity.

To accompany the fiction, a unique feature called “Author’s Perspectives” provides lively statements from each author, giving readers insight into the writing process while commenting on the works themselves. A section called “Critical Approaches to Literature” explains how to take an informed, critical stance when reading literature, and a glossary of literary terms further enhances the experience of reading these great works.