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Links to web sites with information about some of the authors of the stories in Analyzing Short Stories. (Click on the author's name to go to the information.)

SHERWOOD ANDERSON    ROBERT OLEN BUTLER    WILLA CATHER
KATE CHOPIN    ARTHUR C. CLARKE    RICHARD CONNELL
STEPHEN CRANE    NATHANIAL HAWTHONE    SHIRLEY JACKSON
WILLIAM MELVIN KELLEY    ELMORE LEONARD    RUSSELL MALONEY
BEN NEIHART    DOROTHY PARKER    EDGAR ALLEN POE
GEORGE SAUNDERS    JOHN STEINBECK    JAMES THURBER
JUDY TROY    JOHN UPDIKE    JOHN WILLIAMS


JOHN STEINBECK To find out more about this author or read more of his works, go to these web sites!

  • Of Mice and Men
    A guide to reading "Of Mice and Men" with a critical and appreciative mind. Includes background on the author's life and times, sample tests, term paper suggestions, and a reading list. (Barron's Book Notes edition)

  • De Ratones Y Hombres/
    "Of Mice and Men" in Spanish.

JOHN UPDIKE
You may know John Updike as the author of the "Rabbit" books. And his book The Witches of Eastwick was made into a major motion pivture. To find out more about this author or read more of his works, go to these web sites!

You can order a book by or about John Updike from the AMAZON.COM web site by clicking on the title you want from those below!


KATE CHOPIN
To find out more about this author or read more of her works, go to these web sites!

  • Biographical Information (brief highlights of her life)

  • The Walker Percy Project Site (a discussion of Southern Literature)

  • Desiree's Baby (another Kate Chopin short story)

  • Ozeme's Holiday (another Kate Chopin short story)

    You can order a book by Kate Chopin from the AMAZON.COM web site by clicking on the title you want from those below!

  • The Awakening
    Edna Pontellier, the heroine of The Awakening, shocked readers in 1899 and the scandal created by the book haunted Kate Chopin for the rest of her life. The Awakening begins at a crisis point in twenty-eight year-old Edna Pontellier's life. Edna is a passionate and artistic woman who finds few acceptable outlets for her desires in her role as wife and mother of two sons living in conventional Creole society. Unlike the married women around her, whose sensuality seems to flow naturally into maternity, Edna finds herself wanting her own emotional and sexual identity. During one summer while her husband is out of town, her frustrations find an outlet in an affair with a younger man. Energized and filled with a desire to define her own life, she sends her children to the country and removes herself to a small house of her own: "Every step she took toward believing herself from obligations added to her strength and expansion as an individual. She began to look with her own eyes; to see and apprehend the deeper undercurrents of life. No longer was she content to 'feed upon the opinion' when her own soul had invited her." Her triumph is short-lived, however, destroyed by a society that has no place for a self-determined, unattached woman. Her story is a tragedy and one of many clarion calls in its day to examine the institution of marriage and woman's opportunities in an oppressive world. [From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Erica Bauermeister]

  • The Awakening
    This is an authoritative text which also contains biographical and historical contexts and criticism

  • Great American Women's Fiction

  • A Pair of Silk Stockings (and Other Stories)

  • Bayou Folk

DOROTHY PARKER
Over the years, Dorothy Parker attained an enthusiastic following, rejuvenated by the film Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle. In her heyday, Parker was a drama critic for Vanity Fair, and, with Robert Benchley and Robert Sherwood, formed the nucleus of the Algonquin Round Table, an informal luncheon club held at New York City's Algonquin Hotel. From 1927 until 1933 Parker contributed a book review column to the New Yorker magazine. She also wrote poems, worked as a film writer, reported on the Spanish Civil War, and collaborated on several plays. She's one of the most quotable of 20th-century American authors. Here's one of her short poems; it's called "Comment":

    "Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,
    A medley of extemporanea;
    And love is a thing that can never go wrong;
    And I am Marie of Roumania."

For more Dorothy Parker information, check out these web sites:

STEPHEN CRANE
In high school, you may have read Crane's most famous novel, The Red Badge of Courage. To find out more about this author or read more of his works, go to these web sites!

You can order a book by Stephen Crane from the AMAZON.COM web site by clicking on the title you want from those below!

  • The Red Badge of Courage
    Generally acknowledged as the greatest novel of the American Civil War, Crane was only 21 years old when he wrote it. He had not yet "smelled even the powder of a sham battle." Yet he manages to convey the struggles of a raw recruit, Henry Fleming, with brutal realism. Fleming simultaneously lusts for a glorious battle, and worries endlessly about the possibility of his own cowardice. When he finally comes face to face with slaughter, his romantic notions are stripped away as he witnesses brutal deaths and senseless maneuvers. Crane vividly describes the terror of battle, and the slow-motion torrent of emotions pouring through soldiers under fire. Ernest Hemingway described The Red Badge of Courage as an American classic; the book has had such profound influence that many believe it to be the landmark work of modern American fiction.

  • The Red Badge of Courage
    The Norton Critical Edition, an authoritative text with backgrounds, sources, and criticism

  • El Rojo Emblema Del Valor
    The Red Badge of Courage, in Spanish.

  • Great Short Works of Stephen Crane
    The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky, The Red Badge of Courage, The Monster, Maggie, Open Boat, The Blue Hotel, and Others

  • Maggie: A Girl of the Streets

  • The Correspondence of Stephen Crane

WILLIAM MELVIN KELLEY
William Melvin Kelley is, to use his term, an Africamerican man and author of short stories and critically acclaimed novels including A Different Drummer and A Drop of Patience. He currently teaches Creative Writing at Sarah Lawrence College in New York.

You can order any of William Melvin Kelley's novels from the AMAZON.COM web site by clicking on the title you want from those below!