This is a revised edition of a standard collection, made some 50 years ago, now brought up to date with the inclusion of nine additional stories representing the 19th and 20th centuries. Dr. Canby's introduction, too, has been expanded to represent historically, the major trends and outstanding figures in the short story field at its peak. There are 27 stories in the collection, ranging from an Egyptian story of about 2500 B.C. to stories of Katherine Mansfield, Sherwood Anderson, Ring Lardner, H S.V. Benet, Joyce.