The Persephone Book of Short Stories

The Persephone Book of Short Stories Most of these stories focus on the small quiet or unspoken intricacies of human relationships rather than grand dramas The use of metaphor is delicate and subtle often the women are strong and capabl

  • Title: The Persephone Book of Short Stories
  • Author: Susan Glaspell Katherine Mansfield Dorothy Canfield Fisher Norah Hoult Angelica Gibbs Helen R. Hull Kay Boyle Mollie Panter-Downes
  • ISBN: 9781903155905
  • Page: 346
  • Format: Paperback
  • Most of these stories focus on the small, quiet or unspoken intricacies of human relationships rather than grand dramas The use of metaphor is delicate and subtle often the women are strong and capable and the men less so shallow and selfish motives are exposed.The dates of these stories range from 1909 to 1986 and there are thirty in all The ten stories which are alreMost of these stories focus on the small, quiet or unspoken intricacies of human relationships rather than grand dramas The use of metaphor is delicate and subtle often the women are strong and capable and the men less so shallow and selfish motives are exposed.The dates of these stories range from 1909 to 1986 and there are thirty in all The ten stories which are already in print in Persephone editions of their work are by Katherine Mansfield, Ir ne N mirovsky, Mollie Panter Downes twice , Elizabeth Berridge, Dorothy Whipple, Frances Towers, Margaret Bonham, Diana Gardner and Diana Athill The ten stories which have already been published in the Quarterly and Biannually are by EM Delafield Dorothy Parker Dorothy Whipple Edith Wharton Phyllis Bentley Dorothy Canfield Fisher Norah Hoult Angelica Gibbs Penelope Mortimer and Georgina Hammick And lastly the ten stories which are new are by Susan Glaspell, Pauline Smith, Malachi Whitaker, Betty Miller, Helen Hull, Kay Boyle, Shirley Jackson, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Elizabeth Spencer and Penelope Fitzgerald.

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    • Susan Glaspell Katherine Mansfield Dorothy Canfield Fisher Norah Hoult Angelica Gibbs Helen R. Hull Kay Boyle Mollie Panter-Downes

      Susan Keating Glaspell July 1, 1876 July 27, 1948 was an American Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, actress, director, novelist, biographer and poet She was a founding member of the Provincetown Players, one of the most important collaboratives in the development of modern drama in the United States She also served in the Works Progress Administration as Midwest Bureau Director of the Federal Theater Project.Her novels and plays are committed to developing deep, sympathetic characters, to understanding life in its complexity Though realism was the medium of her fiction, she was also greatly interested in philosophy and religion Many of her characters make principled stands.As part of the Provincetown Players, she arranged for the first ever reading of a play by Eugene O Neill.

    287 thoughts on “The Persephone Book of Short Stories

    • Favourite story so far is "Roman Fever" by Edith Wharton, a perfectly executed story about the perils of hubris, jealousy and pride. The entire plot behind the spoiler, it's worth reading for yourself if you can (view spoiler)[So two rich ladies are in Rome with their daughters. The more high-flying, confident one and the more dowdy, quiet one. The confident one secretly feels very threatened by the quieter one and always has done, although she pretends to be certain of her superiority. The conf [...]


    • This excellent collection of short stories brought out to celebrate Persephone Books 100th book presents a striking picture of women's domestic lives in the twentieth century. Spanning the years 1909 to 1986, these well-chosen stories explore relationships, disappointments and achievements which are remarkably similar despite the very different social contexts. As well as well-known writers such as Katherine Mansfield and Penelope Fitzgerald I was pleased to discover many new British and America [...]


    • From 1909 to 1986, this collection of 30 short stories featuring a variety of subjects from the more day to day sides of life, was a captivating read which was so easy to pick up and dip in and out of.I loved the feel of the stories with their simplicity and with so many different women writers it was easy for it to feel fresh with each new perspective on subjects as diverse as motherhood, marriage, driving tests, being the other woman and schools.


    • I admire Persephone Press and, right now, I am having a short story moment so this book, borrowed from the library, seemed a natural choice. As you would expect, it is a fairly mixed bag. All the stories are well written and highly readable but some shine out more brightly than others. A few stories ring as true now as they did when first committed to paper. Penelope Mortmer's account of a family's attempts to spoil there mother on her birthday, 'What a Lovely Surprise', have laugh out loud mome [...]


    • Reading notes01 - ‘From A to Z' - by Susan Glaspell (1909)Had only ever read A Jury of Her Peers / Triffles at uni, which I absolutely loved. This really didn’t feel like a story written in 1909! A college graduate, Edna, finds herself working in a publishing house working on the creation of a dictionary and dealing with her colleagues. The theme of the right to love comes across beautifully. I think this was a major issue for her, looking at the blurb of her other work. 02 - ‘The Black Ca [...]


    • Wonderful stories by and about women. There are 30 stories here with original publication dates of 1909 to 1986, arranged in chronological order so you have snapshots of society spanning over 80 years. Some of the authors are well known (Dorothy Parker, Edith Wharton, Katherine Mansfield, Penelope Mortimer, Irene Nemirovsky), others not so much. I thought it would take me a long time to read them all – I was thinking one or two a day - but I just zipped through them! It was just as hard to sto [...]



    • The Persephone Book of Short Stories was published to celebrate the 100th title in the Persephone Press canon. An independent publisher, Persephone Press specializes in re-printing the largely forgotten and neglected fiction and non-fiction works of women who wrote through the middle 20th century years. Perceived and marketed as "middlebrow" fiction, each book in the series is carefully chosen to offer a fresh and new perspective on themes of particular interest to women readers. Their books are [...]


    • What an utterly devastating collection of stories. I had the rare pleasure of being London recently and so got to walk around Persephone first hand. This was one of three books I bought and it's the first to be read: short stories to take a tour through Persephone's best known and discovered authors. And I want to be upfront about this, I already knew that this sort of story was not for me. I have very little interest in the domestic life or Steinbeck-esque character studies of the everyday. I e [...]


    • To celebrate Persephone Books’ one hundredth publication, the publishing house issued a new volume of short stories, all of which have been written by female authors between 1909 and 1986.Of the included stories, ten are taken from volumes already published by Persephone, ten have been previously featured in their Biannually Magazine, and ten have been ‘selected especially for this collection’. Each tale is ‘presented in the order they are known, or assumed, to have been written’, and [...]


    • It’s difficult to give five stars to an anthology of stories by 30 different authors, because there are inevitably going to be some you like more than others. That said, most of these are terrific. They date from between 1909 and 1986 but have many timeless themes. Edith Wharton’s ‘Roman Fever’ conveys the unspoken envy between two middle-aged women who had very different husbands and now have very different daughters. Dorothy Parker’s ‘Here We Are’, about a newly married (and as y [...]


    • I have read this book gradually over the past several weeks, enjoying each story. Some I have read previously, (as they are also included in story collections by the authors, published by Persephone).There are some favourites here. I especially liked Sylvia Warner Townsend's story and have now got a collection 'winter in the air' (notably not published by Persephone but by Faber) to add to my current reading. I am drawn to stories that are set in the between wars years but was interested by the [...]


    • As a celebration to commemorate their 100th published book, THE PERSEPHONE BOOK OF SHORT STORIES is a great "sampler" of the works that Persephone Books publishes throughout their range. In total, there are 30 individual stories from 28 authors - Dorothy Whipple and Mollie Panter-Downes each have two stories included in this collection. Many of these short stories are available in Persephone Books-published collected works by the individual authors, and this gives the first-time Persephone reade [...]


    • A nice collection, a nice balance. "Roman Fever" by Edith Wharton was a stunner. I also enjoyed "The Photograph" and "View of Exmoor." It gave me a taste of some authors I have never read before, and made me eager to look for their collections or their longer works.




    • I loved this book. So many wonderful and varied stories. And it proves that family holidays and the trials of being a mother were the same in the 1920s and 1930s as they are today!


    • This was a very diverse collection of short stories. the stories were all very different. i found them very easy to read and i really enjoyed reading them



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