CREW 120: Textbook and Reading List 

Mills, Mark, ed.  Crafting the Very Short Story: An Anthology of 100 Masterpieces.  Prentice-Hall, 2003.

 I. Narration

Luke, "The Prodigal Son" (204)

Angela Carter, "The Werewolf" (54)

Jorge Luis Borges, "The Book of Sand" (34)

Mary Robison, "Yours" (343)

Jamaica Kincaid, "Girl" (187)

John Steinbeck, "Breakfast" (348)

II. Description

Anne Beattie, "Janus" (25)

Colette, "Bygone Spring" (79)

Jayne Anne Phillips, "Sweethearts" (321)

Ursula K. Le Guin, "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" (189)

Nadine Gordimer, "Is There Nowhere Else Where We Can Meet?" (129)

Lydia Davis, "The Sock" (92)

III. Characterization

          Anton Chekhov, "The Huntsman" (70)

Leo Tolstoy, "The Three Hermits" (366)

Katherine Mansfield, "Miss Brill" (215)

Dorothy West, "The Richer, the Poorer" (417)

Alice Munro, "Prue" (263)

IV. Speech representation

Langston Hughes, "Jazz, Jive, and Jam" (156)

Frank O'Connor, "The Bridal Night" (299)

Shirley Jackson, "Janice" (160)

Paul Theroux, "Neighbours" (355)

Raymond Carver, "Popular Mechanics" (56)

V. Plot exposition/story structure

           Guy de Maupassant, "A Piece of String"

           O. Henry, "The Gift of the Magi" (144)

           Margaret Atwood, "Happy Endings" (15)

           Monica Ware, "Mislaid Plans" (408)

           Pam Houston, "Symphony" (153)     

 Graham Greene, "The Innocent" (132)

VI. Stylistics

            Lorrie Moore, "The Kid's Guide to Divorce" (249)

            Amy Hempel, "Weekend" (142)

            Ernest Hemingway, "A Very Short Story" (140)

            Sandra Cisneros, "My Name" (76)

            Jonis Agee, "Cata 1, 2, and 3" (1)