Short stories have always been a sort of instant access into an author’s brain, their soul and heart. A few pages can lift our lives into locations, people and experiences with a sweep of landscape, narration, feelings and emotions that is difficult to achieve elsewhere.
In this series we try to offer up tried and trusted ‘Top Tens’ across many different themes and authors. But any anthology will immediately throw up the questions – Why that story? Why that author?
The theme itself will form the boundaries for our stories which range from well-known classics, newly told, to stories that modern times have overlooked but perfectly exemplify the theme. Throughout the volume our authors whether of instant recognition or new to you are all leviathans of literature.
Some you may disagree with but they will get you thinking; about our choices and about those you would have made. If this volume takes you on a path to discover more of these miniature masterpieces then we have all gained something.
Here, in this decade, the World War engulfs nations and cultures searching for a moral compass but finds more and others to exploit, Communist revolution brings great swathes of people to a new and illusory future. Writers sometimes chart these happenings or instead bring narratives and characters on other issues to the fore or some merely escape its traumas with escapist fare.>
1 - The Top 10 - The 1910's - An Introduction
2 - Hands by Sherwood Anderson
3 - August Heat by W F Harvey
4 - Casting the Runes by M R James
5 - The Dead by James Joyce
6 - In the Penal Colony by Franz Kafka
7 - Odour of Chrysanthemums by D H Lawrence
8 - A Dill Pickle by Katherine Mansfield
9 - The Interlopers by Saki
10 - Draculas Guest by Bram Stoker
11 - Kew Gardens by Virginia Woolf