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The bestselling introduction to fiction anthology where stories and their writers do the talking
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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. Instructors look forward to every new edition of her bestselling anthology to see what stories her constant search for new fiction and neglected classics will turn up. To complement the stories, Charters includes her signature innovation: an array of the writers’ own commentaries on the craft and traditions of fiction. For in-depth, illustrated studies of particular writers or genres, her Casebooks provide unparalleled opportunities for discussion and writing. The new ninth edition features many very recent stories and commentaries by up-and-coming writers, a new Casebook on the important genre of Magical Realism, and expanded coverage of close reading.
"I still consider The Story and Its Writer unrivaled on the market for the largest, most diverse, and most judiciously chosen collection of works. The concise biographical introductions help to set up useful contexts for understanding the works, and the supplementary material at the end introduces students to critical lenses through which to view the stories afresh."—Graley Herren, Xavier University
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