Gertrude Stein, as a college student at Radcliffe and a medical student at Johns Hopkins Medical School, was a privileged woman, but she was surrounded by women who were trapped by poverty, class, and race into lives that offered little choice. Her portraits of Anna and Lena are examples of realistic depictions of immigrant women who had no occupational choice but to become domestic workers. This collection of documents from the history of women’s suffrage, medical history, modernist art, and literature enables readers to see how radical Stein’s subject was.
F. Scott Fitzgerald - Flappers and Philosophers
Flappers and Philosophers was F. Scott Fitzgerald's initial encore - his first collection of short fiction, published in 1920 to capitalize on the success of This Side of Paradise, the novel that had made him famous at the age of twenty-three. Flappers and Philosophers contains some of Fitzgerald's best early stories: 'The Offshore Pirate' 'Bernice Bobs Her Hair', 'The Ice Palace', and 'Benediction'. In these narratives Fitzgerald presented his prototypical Jazz-Age heroines, beautiful and willful young women who later became trademarks of his fiction.
Raymond Carver - Where I'm Calling From - Selected Stories
The last story collection published during Carver's life (he died in 1988) contains most of his greatest hits from his earlier books, as well as seven stories that hadn't been collected up to that point. The breadth of the collection makes these 37 stories an extremely complete map of Carver territory, of a particular area of America and of the specific texture of the people Carver writes about -- their difficult attempts at survival in a world where happiness does not arrive wrapped up in neat packages but comes in far more peculiar parcels, if it comes at all.
William Faulkner - The Sound and the Fury
A novel which describes the dissolution of the once aristocratic Compson family in the American South, told through the eyes of three of its members. In different ways they prove unable to deal with either the responsibility of the past or the imperatives of the present.
Stephen King - Nightmares and Dreamscapes
A solitary finger pokes out of a drain. Novelty teeth turn predatory. The Nevada desert swallows a Cadillac. This collection of Stephen King stories takes a roller-coaster ride through the macabre and monstrous, via explorations of good and evil.
Stephen King - Night Shift
Never trust your heart to the New York Times bestselling master of suspense, Stephen King. Especially with an anthology that features the classic stories "Children of the Corn," "The Lawnmower Man," "Graveyard Shift," "The Mangler," and "Sometimes They Come Back"-which were all made into hit horror films. From the depths of darkness, where hideous rats defend their empire, to dizzying heights, where a beautiful girl hangs by a hair above a hellish fate, this chilling collection of twenty short stories will plunge readers into the subterranean labyrinth of the most spine-tingling, eerie imagination of our time.
Roald Dahl - The Collected Short Stories of Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl's parents were Norwegian, but he was born in Llandaff, Glamorgan, in 1916 and educated at Rapton School. On the outbreak of the Second World War, he enlisted in the RAF at Nairobi. He was severely wounded after joining a fighter squadron in Lybia, but later saw service as a fighter pilot in Greece and Syria. In 1942 he went to Washington as Assistant Air Attaché, which was where he started to write, and then was transferred to Intelligence, ending the war as a wing commander. His first twelve short stories, based on his wartime experiences, were originally published in leading American magazines and afterwards as a book, _Over to You_. All of his highly acclaimed stories have been widely translated and have become bestsellers all over the world. Anglia Television dramatized a selection of his short stories under the title _Tales of the Unexpected_. Among his other publications are two volumes of autobiography, _Boy_ and _Going Solo_, his much-praised novel, _My Uncle Oswald_, and _Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories_, of which he was editor. During the last year of his life he compiled a book of anecdotes and recipes with his wife, Felicity, which was published by Penguin in 1996 as _Roald Dahl's Cookbook_ He is one of the most successful and well known of all children's writers all over the world. These include _James and the Giant Peach_, _Charlie and the Chocolate Factory_, _The Magic Finger_, _Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator_, _Fantastic Mr Fox_, _The Twits_, _The Witches_, winner of the 1983 Whitbread Award, _The BFG_ and _Matilda_. Roald Dahl died in November in 1990. _The Times_ described him as 'one of the most widely read and influential writers of our generation' and wrote in its obituary: 'Children loved his stories and made him their favourite ... They will be classics of the future.' In 2000 Roald Dahl was voted the nation's favourite author in the World Book Day poll.
Raymond Carver - Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?
With this, his first collection of stories, Raymond Carver breathed new life into the American short story. Carver shows us the humor and tragedy that dwell in the hearts of ordinary people; his stories are the classics of our time.
Charles Bukowski - The Most Beautiful Woman in Town
‘One of those writers whom each new reader discovers with a transgressive thrill’The New Yorker ‘Funny and sharp, observant, clever with details and honest’ Times Literary Supplement This collection of short stories propels the reader into the lowlife of America’s underworld, full of drunks, bums and gamblers, where sex and violence are everywhere and the most beautiful woman in town drinks and fights. Bukowski writes with brutal honesty and sardonic humour of the things he experienced in life; poverty, hard women and chronic hangovers. Charles Bukowski was one of America’s best-known and most prolific writers. During his lifetime he published more than forty-five books of poetry and prose including the novels Post Office (1971), Factotum (1975) and Pulp (1994), all available from Virgin Books.
Alice Munro - The Moons of Jupiter
In these piercingly lovely and endlessly surprising stories by one of the most acclaimed current practitioners of the art of fiction, many things happen: there are betrayals and reconciliations, love affairs consummated and mourned. But the true events in The Moons Of Jupiter are the ways in which the characters are transformed over time, coming to view their past selves with an anger, regret, and infinite compassion that communicate themselves to us with electrifying force.
Stephen King - Skeleton Crew
'Grab onto my arm now. Hold tight. We are going into a number of dark places, but I think I know the way.' Unrivalled monarch of the macabre Stephen King again takes the unsuspecting reader on a fantastic journey through the dark, shadowy areas of our innermost fears. In a bumper collection of tales guaranteed to chill the spine and freeze the blood, we meet GRAMMA - who only wanted to hug little George, even after she was dead; THE RAFT - a primeval sea creature with an insatiable appetite; THE MONKEY - an innocent-looking toy with sinister powers; the unspeakable horror of other stories, each with the distinctive blend of unimaginable terror and realism that typifies King's writing. 'Liable to leave the reader in a state of shock' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH STEPHEN KING'S BESTSELLERS: FIRESTARTER, THE DEAD ZONE, CUJO, DIFFERENT SEASONS, DANSE MACABRE AND EYES OD THE DRAGON ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FROM FUTURA
Alice Munro - The Love of a Good Woman
Alice Munro has a genius for entering the lives of ordinary people and capturing the passions and contradictions that lie just below the surface. In this brilliant new collection she takes mainly the lives of women - unruly, ungovernable, unpredictable, unexpected, funny sexy and completely recognisable - and brings their hidden desires bubbling to the surface. The love of a good woman is not as pure and virtuous as it seems: as in her title story it can be needy and murderous. here are women behaving badly, leaving husbands and children, running off with unsuitable lovers, pushing everyday life to the limits, and if they don't behave badly, they think surprising and disturbing thoughts.
Ray Bradbury - The October Country
The October Country is a 1955 collection of twenty macabre short stories by Ray Bradbury. It reprints fifteen of the twenty-seven stories of his 1947 collection Dark Carnival, and adds four more of his stories previously published elsewhere.
Agatha Christie - The Under Dog and Other Stories
The Under Dog and Other Stories contains works from the early day's of Christie's career, all featuring Hercule Poirot. All the stories were published in British and American magazines between 1923 and 1926. The title story appeared in book form in England for the first time in the 1960 collection, The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding. The other stories were to appear again in 1974 in the British and American collections, Poirot's Early Cases.
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Six Other Stories
Full grown with a long, smoke-coloured beard, requiring the services of a cane and fonder of cigars than warm milk, Benjamin Button is a very curious baby indeed. And, as Benjamin becomes increasingly youthful with the passing years, his family wonders why he persists in the embarrassing folly of living in reverse. In this imaginative fable of ageing and the other stories collected here - including "The Cut-Glass Bowl" in which an ill-meant gift haunts a family's misfortunes, "The Four Fists" where a man's life shaped by a series of punches to his face, and the revelry, mobs and anguish of "May Day" - F. Scott Fitzgerald displays his unmatched gift as a writer of short stories.
Charles Bukowski - Tales of Ordinary Madness
In these tales of ordinary madness, Charles Bukowski ingeniously mixes high and low culture, from prostitutes and the philosophy of Kant to despair and classical music, to create his modern dystopia. Inspired by D.H. Lawrence, John Fante and Hemingway, Bukowski’s writing is passionate, extreme and relentlessly realistic. These are angry yet tender, humorous and haunting portrayals of life in the underbelly of America. Charles Bukowski was one of America’s best-known and most prolific writers. During his lifetime he published more than forty-five books of poetry and prose including the novels Post Office (1971), Factotum (1975), Women (1978), and Pulp (1994) all available from Virgin Books.
John Grisham - The Chamber
Sam, az öreg fegyenc kilenc éve tengeti nyomorúságos napjait a siralomház egyik cellájában. Szörnyű bűnökért, fajvédőként elkövetett gyilkosságokért ítélték halálra, de ügyvédei ügyessége hosszú esztendőkön át megmentette a kivégzéstől. Most azonban nincs már sok hátra: Mississippi Állam Legfelsőbb Bírósága úgy döntött, hogy négy héten belül Samet rászíjazzák a gázkamra kivégzőszékére. Ekkor lép a színre Adam Hall, a fiatal ügyvéd, aki minden tehetségét, furfangját latba veti, hogy megmentse Samet. Ráadásul rokoni kapcsolatok is fűzik a fegyenchez: az ügyvéd az öreg gyilkos álnéven élő unokája. Egyik fellebbezés követi a másikat, hol felcsillan a remény, hol minden veszni látszik, egyre közeleg a baljós óra...
John Cheever - Thirteen Uncollected Stories by John Cheever
They have been called "the best kept secret of American letters" and "a virtual literary treasure trove." Originally published in the 1930s and '40s in often obscure magazines, these stories will undoubtedly surprise those readers familiar only with Cheever's post-1947 work.