A collection of which many avid short story readers are going to say- ""Oh, I've wanted to read that story again!"" Perhaps the title should be STORIES TO REREAD for herein lies their value. There's not a story in the lot that isn't worth reading, for the first time, and rereading again and again. There is wide choice, for mood, for special taste; there are long stories and short, some thirty odd; there are chapters and extracts from full length novels; there are six memorable short novels, all minor classics. For a sampling of the flavor of the collection, read- or reread-Maugham's Lord Mountdiaga, Eleanor Mercein Kelly's Basquerie, Daphne Du Maurier's The Birds; Poe's The Fall of the House of By the Waters of Babylon by S. V. Benet; six stories from The Gentile Persuasion by Jessamyn West; The Last Leaf by O'Henry; The Man Who Lived 4000 Years by Alexandre Dumas and, perhaps, of the short novels, Conrad Richter's The Sea of Grass. I shuddered just as much as the first and second time when I read Daphne DuMaurier's The Birds. English, French, German, Danish, American- there is no barrier against a first rate tale. Dated- some will say- for very few of the writers are contemporary, but the quality is the acid test. The joint editors have contributed introductory material not included in the galley proofs.