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Twentieth Century English/Irish/Canadian Stories

  1. A Bird in the House by Margaret Laurence
    Vanessa MacLeod, the protagonist of Margaret Laurence's story 'A Bird in the House,' is twelve -- that profoundly... - Commentary by Karen Bernardo
  2. Adrian by Saki (H.H. Munro)
    This little tale by Saki (H.H. Munro) pokes fun another of the favorite pasttimes of the wealthy during the Victorian-Edwardian era: traveling to exotic... - Commentary by Karen Bernardo
  3. Araby by James Joyce
    We generally assume adolescence to be a time of innocence, as yet untainted by the cynicism of society. And yet James Joyce's "Araby," which deals... - Commentary by Karen Bernardo
  4. Mrs. Packletide's Tiger by Saki (H.H. Munro)
    In 'Mrs. Packletide's Tiger,' Saki (H.H. Munro) tackles the Victorian-Edwardian fascination with wild-game hunting, as well as the... - Commentary by Karen Bernardo
  5. The Boarding House by James Joyce
    In "The Boarding House," we meet Mrs. Mooney, a working-class woman who rents rooms in her house to young male lodgers. Running a... - Commentary by Karen Bernardo
  6. The Dead by James Joyce
    From the title, we might expect Joyce's story "The Dead" to take place in a funeral parlor or a graveyard. Thus, we are somewhat surprised to see... - Commentary by Karen Bernardo
  7. The Horse-Dealer's Daughter by D.H. Lawrence
    D.H. Lawrence's 'The Horse Dealer's Daughter' could be described as a story in which boy meets girl. Its plot, on the... - Commentary by Karen Bernardo
  8. The Odour of Chrysanthemums by D.H. Lawrence
    Impressionistic and symbolic, dense with figurative language, D.H. Lawrence's 'The Odour of Chrysanthemums' relies heavily... - Commentary by Karen Bernardo
  9. The Open Window by Saki
    The fiction of Saki (H.H. Munro) often verged off into a type of writing that qualified it for inclusion in horror anthologies. One such story is... - Commentary by Karen Bernardo