Fans of the short story may welcome the chance to read again (or, in some cases, perhaps, to read for the first time) some examples of that genre which have stood the test of time. We will work through a “Top Twelve” list of great short stories by such masters as Henry James, William Dean Howells, Sarah Orne Jewett, Edith Wharton, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Flannery O’Connor, James Baldwin, Philip Roth, Alice Walker, and Toni Cade Bambara. We will discuss at least a dozen worthy models of the short story genre.
GROUP LEADER: A WISE leader for over sixteen years, James E. Foley is an Emeritus Professor of English, having retired from Worcester State University in December 2015. His chief interests continue to be Shakespeare, 19th century American literature, and drama of all periods.
REQUIRED READING: Stories to be discussed are available on line or can be found at the public library in an author’s collected works.
FOR THE FIRST CLASS: Ernest Hemingway, “Hills Like White Elephants.” http://flightline.highline.edu/tkim/Files/Lit100SS2.pdf (When you reach this site the first story you will see is by Faulkner. Keep scrolling down to find the Hemingway story.) Sarah Orne Jewett, “A White Heron.”
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