Ten classic short novels appear in this collection by noted editor Neider.
The contents include: Benito Cereno by Herman Melville, Notes from Underground by F.
M. Dostoyevsky, A Simple Heart by Gustave Flaubert, The Death of Ivan Ilych by L.
N. Tolstoy, The Aspern Papers by Henry James, Ward No. 6 by A. P. Chekhov, Death in Venice by Thomas Mann, The Dead by James Joyce (recently made into a musical), The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, and The Fox by D.
H. Lawrence. In the introduction, Neider discusses the themes that arise in several of the novels, grouping them by more than just their greatness.