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Fifty Stories of the Quest

Second Edition

Edited by Harold Schechter and Jonna Gormely Semeiks

Publication Date - 29 October 1992

ISBN: 9780195068504

672 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches


Reflecting today's growing emphasis on multiculturalism, the second edition of this remarkably successful anthology offers twelve additional contributions from the new generation of writers currently revitalizing the short story form, including Amy Tan, Bharati Mukherjee, R.K. Narayan, Stephen Milhauser, Ellen Gilchrist, and Patrick McGrath. Organized around the successive stages of humanity's most durable myth, the hero's quest narrative pattern delineated by renowned mythologist Joseph Campbell, this edition offers a summary and explication of Campbell's analysis of the quest motif, a new biographical introduction to Campbell's life and work, and a section of concise biographical entries on each of the fifty authors.
As in the earlier edition, the quality and quantity of the selections give instructors the freedom to present the stories in whatever order and structure they choose. For those who wish to take advantage of the anthology's thematic organization, the editors provide questions for discussion and possible writing assignments that do not sacrifice the comprehensive diversity of the selections or their identity as distinctive works of literature open to various interpretations. A highly accessible introduction to the technical aspects of the close analysis of fiction, this text also offers a number of special features: two supplementary tables of contents, one organized by alternate themes, and one by the traditional elements of fiction; an introductory essay defining those technical elements and including a sample analysis of one the stories in the anthology; and a glossary of critical terms.

Previous Publication Date(s)

October 1983

Table of Contents

    Contents by Alternate Themes
    Contents by Technical Elements
    Introduction: The Quest
    The Elements of Fiction
    Chapter One: The Call
    Blackberry Winter, Robert Penn Warren
    Paul's Case, Willa Cather
    Astronomer's Wife, Kay Boyle
    The Island at Noon, Julio Cort((a'))zar
    The Liberation, Jean Stafford
    The Story of an Hour, Kate Chopin
    Adventure, Sherwood Anderson
    Chapter Two: The Other
    William Wilson, Edgar Allan Poe
    The Lost Explorer, Patrick McGrath
    Double Face, Amy Tan
    Getzel the Monkey, Isaac Bashevis Singer
    The Story of a Dead Man, James Alan McPherson
    Yellow Woman, Leslie Silko
    A Good Man is Hard to Find, Flannery O'Connor
    He and I, Alberto Moravia
    Chapter Three: The Journey
    My Kinsman, Major Molineux, Nathaniel Hawthorne
    Babylon Revisited, F. Scott Fitzgerald
    A Worn Path, Eudora Welty
    The Open Boat, Stephen Crane
    Idiots First, Bernard Malamud
    Big Boy Leaves Home, Richard Wright
    Behind the Blue Curtain, Steven Millhauser
    Through the Tunnel, Doris Lessing
    Night-Sea Journey, John Barth
    Chapter Four: Helpers and Guides
    The Poet, Hermann Hesse
    The Lesson, Toni Cade Bambara
    Cathedral, Raymond Carver
    Awakening, Isaac Babel
    The Sky is Gray, Ernest J. Gaines
    Under the Banyan Tree, R.K. Narayan
    The Conversion of the Jews, Philip Roth
    Blacam((a'))n the Good, Vendor of Miracles, Gabriel Garc((i'))a M((a'))rquez
    Chapter Five: The Treasure
    Araby, James Joyce
    Semley's Necklace, Ursula K. Le Guin
    Janus, Ann Beattie
    A Tree ((EMB)) A Rock ((EMB)) A Cloud, Carson McCullers
    The Blue Jar, Isak Dinesen
    The Middle Drawer, Hortense Calisher
    Flying Home, Ralph Ellison
    The Oranging of America, Max Apple
    The Revolt of "Mother", Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
    Chapter Six: Transformation
    The Horse-Dealer's Daughter, D.H. Lawrence
    Twin Beds in Rome, John Updike
    The Management of Grief, Bharati Mukherjee
    O Yes, Tillie Olsen
    The Legend of St. Julian the Hospitaller, Gustave Flaubert
    Traveler, Ellen Gilchrist
    Rip Van Winkle, Washington Irving
    Christmas, Vladimir Nabokov
    How Wang-Fo Was Saved, Marguerite Yourcenar
    Glossary of Critical Terms
    Biographies of the Authors

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