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Anton ChekhovH.H. Munro (SAKI)HP LovecraftBjørnstjerne BjørnsonStephen LeacockSherwood AndersonO. HenryAmbrose BierceMatsuo BashoJames JoyceEdted by Ahmet Ünal ÇAM
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 Joyce

James Joyce (1882-1941) was an Irish novelist and poet. A contributor to the modernist avant-garde movement, he is regarded as one of the most influential and important authors of the 20th century and is best known for Ulysses (1922), a novel that parallels Homer's Odyssey using an array of literary styles.

Acerca de Ambrose Bierce

AMBROSE BIERCE (1842–1914?) was one of nineteenth-century America’s most renowned satirists. The author of short stories, essays, fables, poems, and sketches, he was a popular columnist and wrote for several San Francisco and London newspapers during his forty-year journalism career.

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 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 Stephen Leacock

Stephen Leacock was born in Swanmore, Hampshire, England, in 1869. His family emigrated to Canada in 1876 and settled on a farm north of Toronto. Educated at Upper Canada College and the University of Toronto, Leacock pursued graduate studies in economics at the University of Chicago, where he studied under Thorstein Veblen.Even before he completed his doctorate, Leacock accepted a position as sessional lecturer in political science and economics at McGill University. When he received his Ph.D. in 1903, he was appointed to the position of lecturer. From 1908 until his retirement in 1936, he chaired the Department of Political Science and Economics.Leacock's most profitable book was his textbook, Elements of Political Science, which was translated into seventeen languages. The author of nineteen books and countless articles on economics, history, and political science, Leacock turned to the writing of humour as his beloved avocation. His first collection of comic stories, Literary Lapses, appeared in 1910, and from that time until his death he published a volume of humour almost every year.Leacock also wrote popular biographies of his two favourite writers, Mark Twain and Charles Dickens. At the time of his death, he left four completed chapters of what was to have been his autobiography. These were published posthumously under the title The Boy I Left Behind Me.Stephen Leacock died in Toronto, Ontario, in 1944.

Acerca de Sherwood Anderson

Sherwood Anderson fue un cuentista y novelista estadounidense que, sin formación académica ni literaria, se convirtió en referente para escritores como Faulkner, Heminway, Thomas Wolfe o Erskine Caldwell. Desde muy pequeño su padre le narraba historias fantásticas y fue el que le encaminó hacia la narrativa. Winesburg, Ohio es la obra que le aportó reconocimiento como escritor. Es una colección de cuentos realistas en los que inmortalizó al pueblo de Winesburg—a modo de microcosmos universal. La economía descriptiva y los diálogos espontáneos son los atributos que la convirtieron en una gran obra. Y es que, según Anderson, “el narrador debe ocuparse de la vida, de la vida en su tiempo, de la vida como la siente, como la huele, como la saborea.”

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