Mini Modern Classics

Mini Modern Classics Box Set

Mini Modern Classics Box Set

The short story is we're going to change the way you read.
2011 is the fiftieth anniversary of the Penguin Modern Classics.
To celebrate we're publishing fifty mini Modern Classics. They're
full of the best short fiction...

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The Gifts of War

The Gifts of War

Margaret Drabble

One of the most acclaimed novelists of her generation, the author is an unmatched observer of postwar English lives, portraying social change, sexual liberation, landscape, class and the messy complications of human relationships...

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Moon Lake

Moon Lake

Eudora Welty

Tells the story of a summer camp in Mississippi, a surly lifeguard, a rebellious orphan girl, and the fateful day when they learn the secrets of life and death.

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The Door in the Wall

The Door in the Wall

H. G. Wells

Includes such stories as: The Door in the Wall , The Sea Raiders and The Moth .

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Rich in Russia

Rich in Russia

John Updike

A collection of two short stories in which, the writer Henry Bech travels to Europe on a hapless cultural exchange, first to Russia, where he struggles to spend his money when everything - from his meals to his bugged hotel room -...

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The Last Demon

The Last Demon

Isaac Bashevis Singer

Includes such stories as: The Last Demon , Yentl the Yeshiva Boy and The Cafeteria .

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Filboid Studge, the Story of a Mouse That Helped

Filboid Studge, the Story of a Mouse That Helped

Saki

Includes such stories as: Filboid Studge , a Story of a Mouse That Helped , Todermory , Mrs Packletide's Tiger , Sredni Vashtar , The Music on the Hill , The Recessional and The Cobweb .

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Through the Wall

Through the Wall

Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

There once lived a woman who was so fat, she couldn't fit in a taxi, and when going into the subway she took up the whole width of the escalator.

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La Grosse Fifi

La Grosse Fifi

Jean Rhys

Contains such stories as: La Grosse Fifi , Vienne , Tea with an Artist , and Mixing Cocktails . They are all taken from a selection from The Left Bank in Penguin's edition of Tigers Are Better Looking .

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Chess

Chess

Stefan Zweig

A group of passengers on a cruise ship challenge the world chess
champion to a match. At first, they crumble, until they are helped
by whispered advice from a stranger in the crowd – a man who will
risk everything to win....

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The Cornet-player Who Betrayed Ireland

The Cornet-player Who Betrayed Ireland

Frank O'Connor

Contains such stories as: The Cornet-Player Who Betrayed Ireland , Guests of the Nation , A Story by Maupassant , and First Confession .

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A Breath of Lucifer

A Breath of Lucifer

R. K. Narayan

These haunting tales from India's foremost storyteller, set in
the fictional town of Malgudi, are filled with characters from
every walk of life. Avaricious merchants, fleshy harlots, foolhardy
teachers, beggars and rogues are...

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Flypaper

Flypaper

Robert Musil

Includes such stories as: Flypaper , Monkey Island , Fisherman on the Baltic , Sheep , As Seen in Another Light , Sarcophagus Cover , Monuments , The Paint Spreader , It's Lovely Here and The Blackbird .

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Red Rose, White Rose

Red Rose, White Rose

Eileen Chang

There were two women in Zhenbao's life: one he called his white rose, the other his red rose. One was a spotless wife, the other a passionate mistress. Isn't that just how the average man describe a chaste widow's devotion to her...

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Wunderkind

Wunderkind

Carson McCullers

Includes the four stories: Wunderkind , The Jockey , Madame Zilensky and the King of Finland , A Tree, A Rock and A Cloud .

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The Colour Out of Space

The Colour Out of Space

H. P. Lovecraft

Includes the three stories: The Colour Out Of Space , The Outsider and The Hound .

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'They'

‘They’

Rudyard Kipling

Features three chilling and psychologically penetrating tales, in which the author portrays hauntings, loss, madness, terrible secrets and the darkness that lies within the human heart. This book includes They , Mary Postgate ,...

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Canon Alberic's Scrap-book

Canon Alberic’s Scrap-book

M. R. James

Features four stories, in which figures appear in paintings, demonic voices are heard, books awaken ancient horrors - and ordinary objects and situations are transformed into inescapable nightmares. This book includes: Canon...

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The Mark-2 Wife

The Mark-2 Wife

William Trevor

Includes such stories as: The Mark-2 Wife , The Time of Year and Cheating at Canasta .

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Hell Screen

Hell Screen

Ryunosuke Akutagawa

One of the towering figures of modern Japanese writing, Akutagawa's early career was distinguished by imaginative, beautifully crafted stories of medieval Japan, rich with period detail. This book features two of his stories Hell...

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Dear Illusion

Dear Illusion

Kingsley Amis

'I suppose it was conceited of me. But it was fun. And I felt like getting a bit of my own back on some of the people who'd conned and flattered me into wasting all those years.'

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Some of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friend Colby

Some of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friend Colby

Donald Barthelme

Includes nine short stories: Some of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friend Colby , The Glass Mountain , I Bought a Little City , The Palace at Four AM , Chablis , The School , Margins , Game , and The Balloon .

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The Expelled

The Expelled

Samuel Beckett

Includes: The Expelled and First Love .

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Short Treatise on the Joys of Morphinism

Short Treatise on the Joys of Morphinism

Hans Fallada

Drawing on the author's own history of addiction, this title features two stories: A Short Treatise on the Joys of Morphinism and Three Years of Life .

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The Delicate Prey

The Delicate Prey

Paul Bowles

Features three unbearably tense tales from sun-drenched and brutal climes that tell of vengeance, abandonment, violence and cruelty enjoyed and suffered, in a surreal realm of horror. This book includes: The Delicate Prey , A...

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Bluebeard

Bluebeard

Angela Carter

Features fairy tales that conjure up a world of resourceful women, black-hearted villains, wily animals and incredible transformations. This book includes: Bluebeard , Little Red Riding Hood , Puss in Boots , The Sleeping...

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The Strange Crime of John Boulnois

The Strange Crime of John Boulnois

G. K. Chesterton

Includes: The Strange Crime of John Boulnois and The Blue Cross .

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Romance of the Thin Man and the Fat Lady

Romance of the Thin Man and the Fat Lady

Robert Coover

Paul stepped off the curb and got hit by a truck. He didn't know what it was that hit him at first, but now, here on his back, under the truck, there could be no doubt.

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Babylon Revisited

Babylon Revisited

F. Scott Fitzgerald

F Scott Fitzgerald's stories defined the 1920s 'Jazz Age' generation, with their glittering dreams and tarnished hopes. This book features three tales of a fragile recovery, a cut-glass bowl and a life lost. It portrays the...

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The Tooth

The Tooth

Shirley Jackson

Including the iconic tale The Lottery, this book brings together a short selection sinister stories.

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The Beast in the Jungle

The Beast in the Jungle

Henry James

Tells the story of John Marcher, a man who, for as long as he can remember, has been obsessed by the feeling that some life-changing - even catastrophic - event lies in wait for him like a jungle animal. Then the tragic day...

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