|Plot Summary of Fifty Great Short Stories|
One of the best anthologies of short stories published, I think! Long a college and
high school textbook for just such a story, this collection first published in 1952 continues
to be a landmark of great stories. Most of these are American writers and Crane isn't
saying they're the “greatest” 50, but great they are. From the opening “The Garden
Party” by Katherine Mansfield, and on to Hemingway's “The Three Day Blow” to
Faulkner's “That Evening Sun” to Salinger's “For Esme with Love and Squalor,” Crane's
U.S. entries are superb. James Joyce's “Ivy Day in the Committe Room,” Virginia Woolf's
“The Haunte House,” and W. Somerset Maugham's “A String of Beads” add an impressive
international flavor. Crane points out in his introduction that he has used the
recommendations of 500 collaborators, perhaps in justifying his selections. Even if all 50
may not be your 50, it's still a grand collection.
Bill Hobbs, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Fifty Great Short Stories|
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Time/era of story
Kind of romance:
- GENERAL--no other subplots apply
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
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- 8 ()
- Deep South
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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