Quick Facts

  • Every volume covers a mix of 12-14 best-known works often studied
  • Approx. 300 pp./volume; nearly 40 volumes
  • Approx. 50-60 photos and illustrations/volume

 

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The acclaimed Short Stories for Students series — available in print or online via Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) — contains easily accessible and context-rich discussions of the literary and historical significance of 12 to 14 major works from various cultures and time periods. Each volume includes concise synopses of plot, characters and themes; a brief author biography; a discussion of the story’s cultural and historical significance; and excerpted criticism.

Short Stories for Students series on GVRL provides every student, teacher and researcher simultaneous access 24/7, and lets them cross-search by author, title, topic, etc. Using GVRL eBooks saves shelf space and serves whole classes or book clubs studying the same work at once via simultaneous usage — a more robust solution than a single print volume.

Summary: The Short Stories for Students series — available in print or online — is known in libraries and classrooms for compactly and consistently offering rich analysis, context and criticism on the most frequently studied short stories from various cultures and time periods.

Significance: Short Stories for Students provides the flexibility and customization that make it ideal for a variety of audiences. The easy-to-understand critical essays were chosen specifically for students, and each part of the entry is designed to support researchers and teachers of literature at all levels as well as individual readers and book clubs.

  • Student and Teacher friendly — Homework help format, with context to center understanding and criticism at high school students’ interest and reading levels
  • Reader friendly — Offers more information on the classics or bestsellers patrons are reading individually or in book clubs
  • Curriculum Connection — Supports standards on study of literature by genre, by historical context, by theme, etc.
  • Assignment based — Designed to match real English assignments, format facilitates compare and contrast, inquiry-based activities. Title lists correlate well with textbooks and anthologies

Source: Titles covered in For Students are selected by surveying numerous sources on notable literary works and analyzing course curricula for various schools and colleges. Entry choices are refined with the help of an expert advisory board. For Students entries are mostly comprised of explications of literary works, their structure, style, themes, and historical context — all contributed by writers or faculty specializing in literature. A unique feature of For Students entries is the specially commissioned critical essay, targeted toward the secondary reader, written by academic experts. Finally, critical essays are reprinted with permission from literary journals, monographs, etc.

Structure: Arranged A-Z, each detailed, illustrated entry provides:

  • An introduction that provides an overview of work
  • A brief biography of the author
  • A plot summary
  • An annotated character list
  • A discussion of the work's principal themes
  • Understandable essays on the work's construction (setting, dialogue, imagery)
  • Historical and cultural context sections provide background, ties across curriculum
  • Critical overview and excerpted critical commentary on various facets of work
  • Further reading and sidebars with topic ideas, media adaptations, etc.
  • Literary chronology and glossary of literary terms
  • Author/title, Nationality/ethnicity and subject indexes

On GVRL, access 24/7 with unlimited users via many search options plus audio readings/downloads, translations, MLA 7 citations, cross search with other periodical and literature resources and more.

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<em>Short Stories for Students</em> provides the flexibility and customization that make it ideal for a variety of audiences.

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