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

Moon Lake is 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. Pulitzer Prize-winner Eudora
Welty's extraordinary short...

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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

Nobel Prize-winner Isaac Bashevis Singer is best remembered for
his short stories, which drew on traditions of folk tales and
Yiddish culture to explore good and evil, passion and restraint,
religious fervour and personal...

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Filboid Studge, the Story of a Mouse That Helped

Filboid Studge, the Story of a Mouse That Helped

Saki

H.H. Munro, better known by his pen name, Saki, wrote wickedly
comic satires of upper-class Edwardian life. These seven short
stories are macabre and extremely funny: they include a cat that is
regrettably taught to speak, a...

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Through the Wall

Through the Wall

Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

Part of Penguin Modern Classics , this book contains such stories as: Through the Wall and Anna and Maria .

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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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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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Terra Incognita

Terra Incognita

Vladimir Nabokov

Includes the three stories: Terra Incognita , Spring in Fialta and The Doorbell .

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Flypaper

Flypaper

Robert Musil

Of the very first rank of prose stylists, Robert Musil captures
a scene's every telling detail and symbolic aspect with a precise
and remarkable beauty. In these nine stories and essays, he
considers holidaymakers and stone...

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Red Rose, White Rose

Red Rose, White Rose

Eileen Chang

In Eileen Chang's eloquent and evocative novella, Zhenbao is a
devoted son, a diligent worker, and guarded in love. But when he
meets a friend's spoilt, spirited, desirable wife, he cannot resist
her charms, or keep their...

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Wunderkind

Wunderkind

Carson McCullers

Writing about outcasts, dreamers and misfits in the Deep South,
Carson McCullers was acclaimed for her sympathetic depictions of
loneliness, the need for understanding and the search for love.
These four masterly stories of...

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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

'The lower jaw was thin - what can I call it? - shallow, like a
beast's; teeth showed behind the black lips…'
M. R. James is the master of the English ghost story, whose
tales are inhabited not by ethereal spirits, but...

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The Mark-2 Wife

The Mark-2 Wife

William Trevor

William Trevor has been acclaimed as the greatest contemporary
writer of short stories in the English language, likened to Chekhov
for his insights into human nature. These three tales of obsession,
heartbreak, silent sorrow...

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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

A title that is part of the 50 original and exciting books of short stories, publishing in February to celebrate half a century of Penguin Modern Classics.

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Some of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friend Colby

Some of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friend Colby

Donald Barthelme

'I said that although hanging Colby was almost certainly against
the law, we had a perfect moral right to do so because he was our
friend, belonged to us in various important senses, and he had
after all gone too...

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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 Hans Fallada's own history of addiction, these two
stories are written with a remarkable, tough, spartan clarity. As a
man desperately, haplessly tries to get enough morphine to make it
through the day and a drunk...

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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

'Curiosity is the most fleeting of pleasures; the moment is
satisfied, it ceases to exist and it always proves very, very
expensive.'
Angela Carter's playful and subversive retellings of Charles
Perrault's classic fairy...

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The Strange Crime of John Boulnois

The Strange Crime of John Boulnois

G. K. Chesterton

The colossus of crime leaned over to the little rustic priest
with a sort of sudden interest.
'You have heard of it?' he asked. 'Where have you heard of
it?'
'Well, I mustn't tell you his name, of course,' said...

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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.'
One of 50 original and exciting books of short...

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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

'Something or other lay in wait for him, amid the twists and
turns of the months and the years, like a crouching beast in the
jungle.'
Henry James's devastating and profoundly moving novella is the
story of John Marcher,...

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