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The Facts On File Companion to the British Short Story
  • Format
  • Authored by: Andrew Maunder
  • From the Series: Companion to Literature
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 081605990X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-5990-4
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $85.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 03/01/2007
  • Dewey Number: 823
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 544


The Facts On File Companion to the British Short Story, a comprehensive reference to short fiction from Great Britain, Ireland, and the British Commonwealth, features some of the most popular writers and works in the high school curriculum. With more than 450 entries, this A-to-Z guide explores the literary contributions of such writers as Joseph Conrad, James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, Rudyard Kipling, Oscar Wilde, Katherine Mansfield, Martin Amis, and many others.

Coverage includes:

  • Major short stories and novellas, including Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, James Joyce’s "The Dead," Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s "A Scandal in Bohemia," Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Salman Rushdie’s "The Prophet’s Hair"
  • Writers, including those born within Great Britain and Ireland and those born in British Commonwealth countries who lived in Great Britain or heavily influenced the British short story
  • Important collections of short stories, including Rudyard Kipling’s “Jungle” stories, Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber, and Hanif Kureishi’s Intimacy
  • Important concepts and movements in British short fiction, including detective fiction, science fiction, and class.


Index. Bibliography. Cross-references.

About the Author(s)

Andrew Maunder is Principal Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom. He has edited a number of literary texts and critical works, including Sensationalism and the Sensation Debate: An Anthology and Victorian Crime, Madness and Sensation: Interdisciplinary Essays. He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Nottingham.

Reviews and Awards

"...an excellent resource for high-school and college-level students...provides a research foundation from which to further one’s knowledge of the British short story."

"...highly recommended for all literary collections..."
Library Journal

"...a good starting point for the student or general reader interested in this aspect of British literature."
American Reference Books Annual

"...useful...Its coverage of lesser-known 19th- and 20th-century writers is strong. Recommended."

"Best Reference Sources, 2007"
- Library Journal

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