Masterplots II: Short Story Series, Revised Edition

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8 Volumes
5,170 Pages
1,490 Essays
591 Authors
Chronological List of Titles
Title Index
Author Index
Type of Plot Index

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When this arrives in the library, show it to all of the teachers, not just the subject specialists. Highly recommended.  -Reference for Students, Reference Reviews, Gale Group

...this set will be useful to students beginning short story criticism assignments. The annotated and unannotated bibliographies combined with the four different indexes make it highly accessible and useful for research.  -Library Journal

Recommended for public, high-school, and undergraduate libraries; libraries already owning the previous set will want to update.  -Booklist

This cornucopia of critical candor will be a standard reference for years to come.  -School Library Journal

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Editor: Charles E. May,
    California State University, Long Beach

ISBN: 978-1-58765-140-3
# of Pages: 4944
# of Volumes: 8
Print List Price: $599

Masterplots II
Short Story Series, Rev. Ed.

This first revised edition of Masterplots II: Short Story Series incorporates all the articles from the original 6-volume set (1986) and 4-volume Supplement (1996) and adds 250 new essays never before covered in any other Masterplots set. The short stories selected here are the most assigned in the curriculum for middle, high school students, and undergraduate students. They serve as a reminder of the story line for faculty and librarians.

Readers of this new edition will find in its articles penetrating discussions of the content, themes, structure, and techniques of 1,490 stories by writers from every region in the world--North America, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, and other European countries. This set is also particularly strong on modern stories. More than half the stories covered in the set were published after 1950, nearly a quarter of the stories were published after 1980, and 141 stories published after 1990. 

The set is organized and formatted in the standard Masterplots form, with articles arranged alphabetically by story titles. Each essay averages 1,500 words in length and begins with ready-reference top matter that includes the title by which the story is best known, the author's name (with years of birth and death), the type and time of the plot, the locale, principal characters, and first-publication information. The essay text that follows provides a synopsis in "The Story." "Themes and Meanings" gives a critical discussion of the most important issues that the story raises, and "Style and Technique" analyzes stylistic devices used in the story, such as plot devices, imagery and characterization. 

Three appendixes and four indexes-two of which did not appear in the original Masterplots II: Short Story Series incorporates sets-are found in Volume 8: A glossary with definitions of 135 terms in short-fiction criticism, a general annotated bibliography on the genre, followed by un-annotated bibliographies on the 77 most frequently studied authors in the set and a chronological list of titles. There are also four indexes: title, author, type of plot, and geographical. The glossary and the chronological list of stories are new to this edition.