A really good collection of stories, chosen with great care and imagination. Among those included are Chekov, Tolstoy, Bowen and, with a remarkable story which I read twice, Hugo von Hofmannsthal. It also has a very interesting introduction by Jarrell in which he muses on the many meanings of a story, and which he ends with a terrific quote from Proust "In reality, each reader reads only what is within himself. The book is no more than a sort of optical instrument which the writer offers the reader to enable the latter to discover in himself what he would not have found but for the aid of the book".