Ann Charters

Testimonials


"I still consider The Story and Its Writer unrivaled on the market for the largest, most diverse, and most judiciously chosen collection of works. The concise biographical introductions help to set up useful contexts for understanding the works, and the supplementary material at the end introduces students to critical lenses through which to view the stories afresh."

—Graley Herren, Xavier University
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"The best contemporary collection of fiction today that also respects the classics."

-Daniel McNamara, Prairie State College

"This is one of the best textbooks I have ever used. It has all the pedagogy I need for majors and non-majors alike. I could pull stories from anywhere, but nowhere else would I get the depth of information to support students who want to be fiction writers, students who want to enjoy reading fiction, and student English majors who want to study the craft."

-Dr. Victoria Ehrhardt, Elizabethtown College

"An essential, well-adjudicated collection of short fiction, featuring canonical and contemporary selections written by celebrated as well as newer American and international writers. The Story and Its Writer aims for multicultural diversity as well as a cross-section of literary subgenres. Its teaching apparatuses are among the best I’ve seen in an edited ‘reader’ textbook."

-Pauline Uchmanowicz, SUNY New Paltz

"The Story and Its Writer offers a great variety of stories and includes supplements and appendices which are helpful resources for students. In addition, the casebooks and commentaries provide an easy to use selection of timely and reliable secondary sources. I always encourage students to get behind the writer’s process and really like the fact that the collection is arranged to support this."

-Tim Stewart, Community College of Rhode Island

"We have suburban, urban, and rural students. They are traditional and non-traditional in their experiences, their ages, ethnicities, nationalities, and their skill levels. The Story and Its Writer works well with all of these students."

-Laura Dearing, Jefferson Community and Technical College

"I can do some many things with this book: the casebooks are already prepared in such as a way that I don’t have to figure out how to pull those materials together myself; the commentaries answer many student questions and humanize the act of writing short fiction; the concise glossary provides ample definitions needed by students as they work with the book; the sections on the literary elements and writing, including sample essays, ensure that I don’t have to assign an additional text."

-Michelle Iskra, Austin Community College

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"I still consider The Story and Its Writer unrivaled on the market for the largest, most diverse, and most judiciously chosen collection of works. The concise biographical introductions help to set up useful contexts for understanding the works, and the supplementary material at the end introduces students to critical lenses through which to view the stories afresh."

—Graley Herren, Xavier University
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"Charters’ commentary on the elements of fiction is lucid and measured, as are her biographical blurbs. The selection of stories is evidence of a generous sensibility, and the casebooks and statements about writing about writers are useful tools for helping students understand writers as purposeful effects-creators."

—Jonathan Gagas, Temple University

"This is the only textbook I have every enjoyed. It is the only textbook I use."

—Bernard Kaplan, University of Delaware
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