The "Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories", edited by
novelist and critic Malcolm Bradbury, is a collection of the finest
short stories from our best loved authors, including Samuel
Beckett, Graham Greene, William Golding, Kingsley Amis, Doris
Lessing, Muriel Spark, J. G. Ballard, William Trevor, Ian McEwan,
Martin Amis, Rose Tremain, Salman Rushdie, Graham Swift and Kazuo
Ishiguro. 'The short story has become one of the major forms of
modern literary expression - in some ways the most modern of them
all.' The story of the British short story since the Second World
War is one of change and revolution and this powerful and moving
collection brilliantly demonstrates the evolution of the form.
Containing thirty-four of the most widely regarded postwar British
writers, it features tales of love and crime, comedy and the
supernatural, the traditional as well as the experimental. This
many-storied, many-splendored collection is a brilliant portrait of
the generation of writers who have immediately influenced the
brightest, sharpest and most intriguing writers who continue to
emerge today. Malcolm Bradbury was a novelist, critic, television
dramatist and professor of American studies and creative writing.
He was awarded the CBE in 1991 for his services to Literature and
was knighted in the 2000 New Year's Honours List. He died in 2000.