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PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The New Penguin Book of American Short Stories, from Washington Irving to Lydia Davis books The last 50 years have proved a particularly lively period in the history of the short story form. This new collection gives a full picture of the richness and diversity of this most American of genres from its very beginnings to the present day. The collection offers a freshly stimulating combination of old favourites such as Mark Twain's 'Jim Smiley's Jumping Frog' and Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Tell-Tale Heart', unfamiliar works by well-known authors, such as Ernest Hemingway's 'Out of Season', Stephen Crane's 'An Episode of War' and F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Lost Decade' , and some remarkable stories by wonderful but less well known writers such as Mary Wilkins Freeman and Charles W. Chestnutt who deserve a wider audience. It's a compact book but it covers a lot of ground. There are 31 stories, covering 199 years (that is, the first story was published in 1807; the last is from 2006). The final three authors are Lorrie Moore, Jhumpa Lahiri and Lydia Davis.Table of contentsWashington Irving - The Little Man in Black (1807)Nathaniel Hawthorne - Young Goodman Brown (1835)Edgar Allan Poe - The Tell-Tale Heart (1843)Fanny Fern - Aunt Hetty on Matrimony (1851)Mark Twain - Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog (1865)Joel Chandler Harris - The Tar Baby Story (1880)Mary Wilkins Freeman - Two Friends (1887)Charles W. Chesnutt - The Wife of his Youth (1898)Henry James - The Real Right Thing (1899)Stephen Crane - An Episode of War (1899)O. Henry - Hearts and Hands (1903)Sherwood Anderson - The Untold Lie (1917)Ernest HemingwayOut of Season (1923)Edith Wharton - Atrophy (1927)Dorothy Parker - New York to Detroit (1928)Eudora Welty - The Whistle (1938)William Faulkner - Barn Burning (1939)F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Lost Decade (1939)Zora Neale Hurston - Now You Cookin' with Gas (1942)Bernard Malamud - The First Seven Years (1950)Flannery O'Connor - A Late Encounter with the Enemy (1953)John Updike - Sunday Teasing (1956)John Cheever - Reunion (1962)Grace Paley - Wants (1971)Alice Walker - The Flowers (1973)Donald Barthelme - I Bought a Little City (1974)Raymond Carver - Collectors (1975)Richard Ford - Communist (1985)Lorrie Moore - Starving Again (1990)Jhumpa Lahiri - The Third and Final Continent (1999)Lydia Davis - The Caterpillar (2006)

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Kasia BoddyThey are sometimes called storksbills and originated in South Africa. They may be star-shaped or funnel-shaped, and they range in color from white, pink, and orange-red to fuchsia and deep purple. The geranium and its many species, much loved and also much loathed, have developed since the seventeenth century into one of the most popular garden plants. In this book, Kasia Boddy tells the story of geranium’s seemingly inexorable rise, unearthing the role it has played in everything from plant-hunting and commercial cultivation to alternative medicine, the philanthropic imagination, and changing styles in horticultural fashion.

Boddy shows how geraniums became the latest fad for wealthy collectors and enterprising nurserymen after they were first collected by Dutch plant-hunters on the sandy flats near present-day Cape Town. She explains that the flower would not be rare for long—scarlet hybrids were soon found on every cottage windowsill and in every park bedding display, and the backlash against the innocent plant followed quickly on the heels of its ubiquity. Today, geraniums can be found throughout the world, grown as annuals in the regions too cold for them to regenerate. In addition to exploring the history of geraniums, Boddy reveals the plant’s other uses, including how they are cultivated and distilled for their scents of citrus, mint, pine, rose, and various spices to use in perfumes. With their edible leaves, they are also used to flavor desserts, cakes, jellies, and teas, and some people believe that certain species provide an effective treatment for a cough.

Featuring over one hundred illustrations, Geranium shows how the plant is portrayed in painting, literature, film, and popular culture, and provides an intriguing example of the global industrialization of plant production.
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