Great English Short Stories, Christopher Isherwood (ed.)

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from the introduction:

There are plenty of excellent stories which are just stories; they express nothing beyond themselves. When they have been told to you, you say “that was exciting” or “that was funny” or “I certainly never expected that ending!” You can retell such a story in your own words to your friends and it will lose little in the retelling….But you can never adequately retell in other words a story which is part of a world, because, in such a story, every sentence does something to help create the sound of the characters’ voices, the smell of the atmosphere, the feel of the setting. This kind of story is larger than itself….”

A very personal collection put together by Christopher Ishwerwood, of stories by writers from the British Isles.

Contains stories by: Joseph Conrad, G. K. Chesterton, George Moore, H. G. Wells, E. M. Forster, Rudyard Kipling, D. H. Lawrence, Katherine Mansfield, Ethel Colburn Mayne, Robert Graves, W. Somerset Maugham, V. S. Pritchett, William Plomer.

Dell Publishing Co, 1957, ISBN: 044033084X