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The Top 10 Short Stories - The 18th CenturyAutor: Jonathan Swift, Eliza Haywood, Fredrich Schiller E-book
Short stories have always been a sort of instant access into an author’s brain, their soul and heart. A few pages can lift our lives into locations, people and experiences with a sweep of landscape, narration, feelings and emotions that is difficult to achieve elsewhere.
In this series we try to offer up tried and trusted ‘Top Tens’ across many different themes and authors. But any anthology will immediately throw up the questions – Why that story? Why that author?
The theme itself will form the boundaries for our stories which range from well-known classics, newly told, to stories that modern times have overlooked but perfectly exemplify the theme. Throughout the volume our authors whether of instant recognition or new to you are all leviathans of literature.
Some you may disagree with but they will get you thinking; about our choices and about those you would have made. If this volume takes you on a path to discover more of these miniature masterpieces then we have all gained something.
In the 18th century when literature began its long curve away from communal bible readings and allowed the poor to directly receive and enjoy the new ideas and stories of those around them. The age of religious wars was fading but grabs for the lands of other people and cultures was rising. These authors both reflect and lead society in the quest for understanding.