Mini Modern Classics
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...
The Gifts of War
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...
In the Penal Colony
Features two stories, in which a traveller is shown the workings of an elaborate machine with a bloody purpose, and a son awakens unimagined resentments in his father. This book includes In the Penal Colony and The Judgement .
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...
The Door in the Wall
Includes such stories as: The Door in the Wall , The Sea Raiders and The Moth .
Rich in Russia
In these two short stories, Updike's brilliant observational
acuity is matched by a light, comic touch. The writer Henry Bech
travels to Europe on a hapless cultural exchange, first to Russia,
where he struggles to spend his...
The Last Demon
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...
Filboid Studge, the Story of a Mouse That Helped
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...
Through the Wall
Part of Penguin Modern Classics , this book contains such stories as: Through the Wall and Anna and Maria .
La Grosse Fifi
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 .
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....
The Cornet-player Who Betrayed Ireland
Contains such stories as: The Cornet-Player Who Betrayed Ireland , Guests of the Nation , A Story by Maupassant , and First Confession .
A Breath of Lucifer
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...
Includes the three stories: Terra Incognita , Spring in Fialta and The Doorbell .
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...
Red Rose, White Rose
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...
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...
In this stark, compelling and greatly autobiographical novella,
Malcolm Lowry tells the story of Bill Plantagenet, a piano player
and ex-sailor who has lost his band and his mind drinking in New
York. As Plantagenet commits...
The Colour Out of Space
'It was a monstrous constellation of unnatural light, like a
glutted swarm of corpse-fed fireflies dancing hellish sarabands
over an accursed marsh (…)'
H.P. Lovecraft was perhaps the greatest twentieth...
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 ,...
Canon Alberic’s Scrap-book
'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...
The Mark-2 Wife
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...
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...
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.
Some of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friend Colby
'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...
Includes: The Expelled and First Love .
Short Treatise on the Joys of Morphinism
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...
The Widow Ching-pirate
'On days of combat, the crew would mix gunpowder with their
Borges became famous as a writer of short stories that contained
new realities: elaborately conceived, ingenious and gamesome précis
The Delicate Prey
'And then one day a solitary figure appeared, moving toward them
across the lifeless plain from the west.One man on a camel… '
Paul Bowles's unforgettable short stories portray people facing
hostile environments and the...
'Curiosity is the most fleeting of pleasures; the moment is
satisfied, it ceases to exist and it always proves very, very
Angela Carter's playful and subversive retellings of Charles
Perrault's classic fairy...
The Strange Crime of John Boulnois
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
'Well, I mustn't tell you his name, of course,' said...
Romance of the Thin Man and the Fat Lady
'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...
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...
'Her tooth, which had brought her here unerringly, seemed now
the only part of her to have any identity. It seemed to have had
its picture taken without her; it was the important creature which
must be recorded and examined and...
The Beast in the Jungle
'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
Henry James's devastating and profoundly moving novella is the
story of John Marcher,...
Little jets of wheezing laughter followed one another out of his convulsed body. His eyes, twinkling with cunning enjoyment, glanced at every moment towards his companion's face.' 'When he was quite sure that the narrative had...
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