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The world treasury of love stories

Author: Lucy Rosenthal; Clifton Fadiman
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
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Thirty-eight stories on love. In Yukio Mishima's Patriotism, an officer's wife joins her husband in a suicide, Eyes of Zapata by Sandra Cisnero is an unflattering portrait of the Mexican revolutionary by a girl peasant, and The Marquise of O by Heinrich von Kleist, is on pregnancy out of wedlock in the early 1800s.

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Genre/Form: Romance fiction
Short stories
Literary collections
Short story genre
Love stories
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
World treasury of love stories.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1995
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lucy Rosenthal; Clifton Fadiman
ISBN: 0195093615 9780195093612
OCLC Number: 31077181
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xiv, 578 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Sintra / Alice Adams --
A passion in the desert / Honoré de Balzac --
The book of Ruth / The New English Bible --
The adventure of a soldier / Italo Calvino --
Fever / Raymond Carver --
The country husband / John Cheever --
The lady with the pet dog / Anton Chekhov --
Eyes of Zapata / Sandra Cisneros --
April / Colette --
Francesca and Paolo (from the inferno) / Dante Alighieri --
The immortal story / Isak Dinesen --
The walk / José Donoso --
A simple heart / Gustave Flaubert --
My lover, his summer vacation / Gail Godwin --
Whistling / Myra Goldberg --
Don't explain / Jewell L. Gomez --
A find / Nadine Gordimer --
The birthmark / Nathaniel Hawthorne --
Adina / Henry James --
The moon on the water / Yasunari Kawabata --
The marquise of O---
/ Heinrich Von Kleist --
The hitchhiking game / Milan Kundera --
The horse dealer's daughter / D.H. Lawrence --
Territory / David Leavitt --
One off the short list / Doris Lessing --
Patriotism / Yukio Mishima --
First love / Vladimir Nabokov --
Imagine kissing Pete / John O'Hara --
Rope / Katherine Anne Porter --
Blind love / V.S. Pritchett --
Short Friday / Isaac Bashevis Singer --
Lovers of their time / William Trevor --
Separating / John Updike --
The wolf / Giovanni Verga --
To hell with dying / Alice Walker --
The wide net / Eudora Welty --
Roman fever / Edith Wharton.
Responsibility: selected and with an introduction by Lucy Rosenthal ; with a foreword by Clifton Fadiman, general editor.
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A wide-ranging anthology of love stories encompassing the many moods and dimensions of the subject: romantic love; love between parents and children; and the love of friends.  Read more...


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"A bounteous feast of love stories--old favorites as well as delightful surprises--to assuage even the most insatiable reader's appetite."--Eileen Simpson, author of Poets in Their Youth"Whatever Read more...

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