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Elements of Fiction

Canadian Edition

by (author) Robert Scholes & Rosemary Sullivan

Oxford University Press
Initial publish date
Jan 1994
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1994
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This new edition of the very successful Canadian version of Elements of Fiction showcases 80 stories (including 2 novellas) as indicative of the variety of ways short fiction has manifested itself from the mid-19th century to the present. More writers from a wider variety of countries and cultural contexts, including India, Africa, Australia, and Latin America, have been added and 22 contemporary writers are new to this edition. Providing students of literature with a lively, balanced introductory text, the book addresses the question of "What is fiction?" with a concise essay that defines the nature of fiction and principles upon which it is based. Carefully analysed stories by Maupassant and Joyce demonstrate how students can use these principles to develop a thoughtful critical approach and gain a sense of appreciation of the short story form.

Introducing each author with a biography and arranging the stories chronologically according to the author's date of birth, Scholes and Sullivan give students the widest possible exposure to fiction of the modern and post-modern era.

About the authors

Robert Scholes' profile page

ROSEMARY SULLIVAN is an acclaimed biographer, poet and editor. She is the author of nine books of non-fiction, including Villa Air-Bel, which was awarded a Canadian Jewish Book Award; Labyrinth Of Desire: Women, Passion and Romantic Obsession; By Heart: Elizabeth Smart—A Life and the #1 bestseller The Red Shoes: Margaret Atwood, Starting Out. Her biography of Gwendolyn MacEwen, Shadow Maker, won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-fiction, the Canadian Authors Association Literary Award, the Toronto Book Award and the University of British Columbia Medal for Canadian Biography. Sullivan’s journalistic pieces have won her a National Magazine Awards silver medal and a Western Journalism first prize for travelogue; her academic honours include Killam, Trudeau and Guggenheim fellowships. She lives in Toronto, where she is a professor of English at the University of Toronto.

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