Works by Thomas Hardy, Penelope Fitzgerald, D.H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, P.G. Wodehouse, T.H. White, and many more are included in this eclectic selection of short stories. The stories range from comic circumstances to a tragedy with an unexpectedly satisfying ending, from a haunting tale of the search for happiness to a delicious, tongue-in-cheek romp that cuts through pretense and pretentiousness. Each well-crafted story offers a revealing look into this expressive and powerful art form. Editor Byatt provides a brief analysis of the stories that showcases each writer’s unique voice.