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THE BEST SHORT STORY - 6<br />Best Authors - Best stories
Acerca de H. P. Lovecraft

H.P. Lovecraft (Estados Unidos, 1890 – 1937)  es uno de los grandes pioneros de la ciencia ficción y de terror de la historia. Difundió sus relatos a través de revistas y sólo después de su muerte aparecieron en forma de volúmenes. Entre sus obras destacan: El modelo de Pickman, La casa encantada o En las montañas de la locura.

Acerca de James Fenimore Cooper

James Fenimore Cooper was a nineteenth-century American author and political critic. Esteemed by many for his Romantic style, Cooper became popular for his depiction of Native Americans in fiction. Before Cooper considered himself a writer, he was expelled from Yale University, served as a midshipman for the United States Navy, and became a gentleman farmer. Cooper wrote many notable works including The Pioneers, The Last of the Mohicans, and The Red Rover, which was adapted and performed on stage in 1828. Cooper passed away in 1851 at the age of 61.

Acerca de Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne (Salem, Massachusetts, 1804-Plymouth, 1864) escribió alegorías, de las que, sorprendentemente, llegaría a arrepentirse. Fue amigo de Herman Melville, quien le dedicó Moby Dick. Fue un recluso voluntario, por una especie de malentendido con las puertas. Terminó sus días como Hölderlin, escribiendo encerrado en una torre. Poe, que no era de halago fácil, dijo de él: Lo considero uno de los pocos hombres de genio indiscutible que ha llegado a dar nuestro país. Para el editor Duy­ckinck era como si ese genio, sin deudas respecto al pasado o a contemporáneos extranjeros, hubiera caído del cielo.

Acerca de Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf nació en Londres, Inglaterra, en 1882, con el nombre Adeline Virginia Stephen. Su padre era sir Leslie Stephen, distinguido crítico e historiador; por esta razón, Woolf creció en un ambiente frecuentado por literatos, artistas e intelectuales. Después del fallecimiento de su padre, en 1905, se mudó con su hermana Vanessa (pintora) y sus dos hermanos al barrio londinense de Bloomsbury, que pasó a ser el centro de reunión de antiguos compañeros universitarios de su hermano mayor, entre los que figuraban intelectuales como el economista John Maynard Keynes y los filósofos Bertrand Russell y Ludwig Wittgenstein. De estos encuentros surgió la denominación “Grupo de Bloomsbury”, que designaría a este colectivo de intelectuales que se reunían periódicamente. En 1912, se casó con Leonard Woolf, economista y miembro del grupo, con quien fundó cinco años después la editorial Hogarth Press, que editó la obra de Woolf, así como también la de Katherine Mansfield, T. S. Eliot y Sigmund Freud. Después de varios períodos de depresión, Woolf se suicidó en Londres, en 1940.

Acerca de Willa Cather

Willa Cather (Virginia, 1873 - Nueva York, 1947). Wilella Sibert Cather, narradora estadounidense cuya obra revela gran sensibilidad poética y poder descriptivo al evocar sus recuerdos de infancia en Nebraska, la dura lucha contra la naturaleza de los inmigrantes colonizadores y los conflictos entre la ciudad y el campo. Famosa por sus novelas, en las que retrata la vida cotidiana de personajes corrientes de los Estados Unidos, empleando para ello un lenguaje igualmente cotidiano. Sus maestros fueron Flaubert y Henry James, mientras que sus preferencias literarias se dirigían hacia Hawthorne, Turguénev, Mérimée, Conrad y Stephen Crane. Entre sus obras destacan Mi Ántonia o El canto de la alondra. También escribió algunos de los mejores relatos de la literatura norteamericana, como El caso de Paul, publicado en nuestra colección Minilecturas.

Acerca de O. Henry

O. Henry (Greensboro, 1862 - Nueva York, 1910). Seudónimo de William Sidney Porter. Narrador estadounidense, muy popular por sus relatos humorísticos y de finales sorprendentes, al que junto a E. A. Poe, B. Harte y M. Twain se considera fundador de la proverbial short story norteamericana.Como si se tratase de una de sus historias, en 1896 recibió una citación para presentarse ante un tribunal por el hurto de una pequeña suma de un banco de Austin en el que había estado empleado. Huyó y a su vuelta estuvo tres años en prisión.En 1902 se traslada a Nueva York, donde escribirá algunos de sus mejores libros de relatos, como The Four Million, cuyos cuentos están recogidos en el libro que ahora publicamos. Describe a la gente común y corriente de Nueva York a través de la ironía, la burla y el realismo que lo hizo famoso, además del afortunado uso del lenguaje popular.

Acerca de Stephen Crane

Stephen Crane (November 1, 1871 - June 5, 1900) was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer who helped establish the Realist movement and was an early adopter of the styles of American Naturalism and Impressionism.A writer at a very early age, Crane was in print multiple times before he was sixteen. He briefly attended - but then left - Syracuse University and soon began work as a reporter. He published his first full-length novel, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, in 1983 which went on to be recognized as the first example of Naturalistic writing.Two years later, Crane published the Civil War novel The Red Badge of Courage, which was an international hit praised for its realism and authenticity, despite Crane never having set foot on a battlefield.Crane traveled to New York the following year to research a book on policemen and made the acquaintance of several young ladies who were working in the Tenderloin district, one of which was a prostitute named Dora Clark. After Clark was arrested for solicitation (the latest of several such arrests), Crane chivalrously testified on her behalf and the affair quickly turned into a very public scandal.Soon afterwards, Crane traveled to Cuba as a war correspondent and, on the way to the Caribbean, met and befriended Cora Taylor, later recognized as the first female war reporter. Leaving Florida, Crane's boat, the SS Commodore, sank and stranded Crane and his shipmates on a dinghy for thirty hours, an ordeal he recounts in his short work The Open Boat.Crane and Taylor would later travel to Greece as war reporters and soon afterwards moved to England together, where Crane made the acquaintance of two of the literary titans of the late 19th century, H.G. Wells and Joseph Conrad, both of whom held Crane in high esteem.Thereafter, Crane's health and finances took a nasty turn and he ended his short life in a German sanitarium, dying there of tuberculosis at the age of twenty-eight.

Acerca de Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov was one of the most important and influential playwrights in world theatre. Chekhov began his career writing jokes for popular magazines to support himself while he studied to become a medical doctor. He wrote twelve plays (including The Cherry Orchard, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, The Seagull, Ivanov and the untitled play often called Platonov) and around six hundred stories, revolutionising both forms forever – and continued to practise medicine throughout his literary career. He died from tuberculosis in 1904 at the age of forty-four.

Acerca de Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

Mary E. Wilkins Freeman was born in Randolph, Massachusetts and at fifteen moved with her family to Brattleboro, Vermont. In 1884, left without any immediate family, she returned to Randolph, where she lived for almost twenty years with her childhood friend Mary Wales. She began to write seriously in the 1970s, & in the early 1880s her work began to appear in such popular magazines as Harper's Bazaar and Harper's Monthly Magazine. At forty-nine Mary E. Wilkins married Charles Manning Freeman, a New Jersey physician, and moved to Metuchen. Thereafter she wrote under the name Mary E. Wilkins Freeman. In April 1926, she received the William Dean Howells Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; later that year she was among the 1st women to be elected to membership in the Natl. Inst. of Art & Letters. Alfred Bendixen is Professor of English at Texas A&M University, and founder and executive director of the American Literature Association. Much of his scholarship focuses on the recovery of unjustly neglected literary texts and the exploration of neglected genres. He is the author of numerous books on American poetry and literature, including recent titles such as A Companion to the American Novel (2012); A Companion to the American Short Story (2010); and The Cambridge Companion to American Travel Writing (2009), co-edited with Judith Hamera.

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