Longer (from ten to twenty thousand words) and unfamiliar for the most part, these twelve works have appeared over the last fifty years and include some of the finest British practitioners of fiction: among them W.H. Hudson, Conrad, Joyce, Aldous Huxley, Maugham, D.H. Lawrence, William Sansom, Graham Greene and William Trevor. The editor contributes an introduction de. fining his criterion for selection: ""Originality -- that mysterious amalgam of creative spontaneity and disciplined habit which makes imitation impossible. . . .