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Best Short Stories

The following stories showcase the exceptional talents of award-winning authors. To quote Richard Ford, “They clean out the clutter, shove aside the impediments between readers and stories, treat us to gorgeous language, and stir our moral imaginations.” Our discussions are wonderfully rich and lively!

We will be using The Art of the Tale: An International Anthology of Short Stories, edited by Daniel Halpern, ISBN 978014007949, until the next-to-last class on May 22, when, for the second story, we will begin to use The Art of the Story, edited by Daniel Halpern, ISBN 978-0-14-029638-9.

April 10: No Place for You, My Love, by Eudora Welty, p. 742

Five-Twenty, by Patrick White, p. 756

April 24:

Hunters in the Snow, by Tobias Wolff, p. 774

Big Black Good Man, by Richard Wright, p. 786

May 8:

The Best of Everything, by Richard Yates, p. 796

A Gift from Somewhere, by Ama Ata Aidoo, p. 1 (New book. See above)

May 22:

The Keeper of the Virgins, by Hanan Al-Shaykh, p. 9

Amor Divino, by Julia Alvarez, p. 15

June 5:

The Immortals, by Martin Amis, p. 25

The Glass Tower, by Reinaldo Arenas, p. 33

Instructor: Steve Gordon is a retired physician. He received his BA in Humanities from the University of Connecticut and his MD from NYU. He completed his residency at SUNY in Syracuse. Steve spent 36 years at Kaiser Permanente and read only medical journals. He no longer diagnoses maladies but, along with his wife Civia, delights in dissecting literature.

Course Number: OSHR-70043   Credit: 0 units


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