The Top 10 Short Stories: The Women
By Willa Cather
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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.
There can be no doubt that within these ten stories genius abounds. These mistresses of the word, of the literary form, dazzle all of us with their choices, their narratives and their abundant talents.
1 - The Top 10 - The Women - An Introduction
2 - Desiree's Baby by Kate Chopin
3 - An Unwritten Novel by Virginia Woolf
4 - The Yellow Wall Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
5 - The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield
6 - Here We Are by Dorothy Parker
7 - The Old Nurse's Story by Elizabeth Gaskell
8 - Paul's Case by Willa Cather
9 - The Stones of the Village by Alice Dunbar Nelson
10 - The Phantom Coach by Amelia Edwards
11 - A Jury of Her Peers by Susan Glaspell