Selected and edited by Diana Secker Tesdell
The third title in the Everyman’s Library successful Pocket Classics series
Published: 14 February 2009, for Valentine’s Day
Love Stories is a collection of short stories, inspired by romantic entanglement in its many forms. From first love to infatuation, obsession to adultery, these stories explore the complicated bonds between those who commit their lives to one another.
Love Stories brings together a diverse array of writers whose tales evoke a variety of moods; from the raw and erotic love of DH Lawrence’s The Horse Dealer’s Daughter and Colette’s Armande to the mischievous cynicism of Roald Dahl’s Mr. Botibol and Dorothy Parker’s Here We Are. Objects of passion include a glamorous silent-movie starlet in the haunting Dead Mabelle by Elizabeth Bowen and, in Margaret Atwood’s Bluebeard’s Egg, we meet a heart surgeon who spends his days penetrating the human heart whilst remaining emotionally opaque himself.
Including some of the greatest names in literature, from Maupassant, Nabokov and F. Scott Fitzgerald to contemporary greats Gabriel García Márquez, Italo Calvino, William Trevor and Ali Smith, this beautifully bound collection of 19 stories makes an enticing gift for all lovers.