Ann Charters has an acute sense of which stories work most effectively in the classroom and knows that writers, not editors, have the most interesting and useful things to say about the making and the meaning of fiction. For those who want a smaller, less expensive anthology, the compact edition of The Story and Its Writer is the most comprehensive, diverse — the best-selling — introduction to fiction available, notable for its student appeal as well as its quality and range. To complement the stories, Charters includes her lasting innovation: an array of the writers’ own commentaries on the craft and traditions of fiction. For in-depth, illustrated studies of particular writers, her Casebooks provide unparalleled opportunities for discussion and writing.
For a shorter, more affordable option, the compact edition offers all the editorial features of the full edition with about half the stories and commentaries.
This collection of 124 stories includes classics, modern work, and contemporary selections by writers such as Raymond Carver and Louise Erdrich, plus translations of important non-English works. It features biographical notes for each story, 75 commentaries, many by the authors themselves, and casebooks on three contemporary writers. Separate appendices outline a history of the short story, discuss elements of fiction, review how to write a college-level paper on a story, and offer a glossary of literary terms. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)