Publisher description for The Victoria reader : a treasury of timeless stories / edited by Michele Slung.

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Counter Victoria magazine continues a great tradition with an expansive and thoroughly engaging collection of works by such literary luminaries as Edith Wharton, Saki, H.G. Wells, Oscar Wilde, O. Henry, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Mark Twain (The £1,000,000 Bank Note) appears, along with P.G. Wodehouse (Something to Worry About) and Sarah Orne Jewett (Miss Becky's Pilgrimage). Thrilling intrigues, cherished fables, family revelations, social situations, romantic episodes, and comic interruptions: inside every story a magical and surprising world exists, waiting to be discovered. And this grandly oversized anthology promises an infinity of pleasures--the joy of encountering old favorites and meeting new ones an escape into the hearts, minds, and spirits of a variety of characters and a lavish mix of realism and fantasy, sentiment and satire, humor and adventure. Filled with memorable moments and unforgettable heroes, every enticing tale will be read over and over again.

<u>About the Author</u>

Michele Slung has been called "an editor and reviewer of unusual discrimination" (New York Newsday). Her books, which have been translated into ten languages, include the national bestsellers Momilies® : As My Mother Used to Say® and More Momilies® the influential mystery anthology Crime on Her Mind: Fifteen Stories of Female Sleuths from the Victorian Era to the Forties and the Book-of-the-Month Club main selection, Murder & Other Acts of Literature. Most recently she has published Stranger: Dark Tales of Eerie Encounters and Living with Cannibals and Other Women's Adventures. She has been contributing a column on books and reading to Victoria since 1994.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Short stories, English, Short stories, American