In 1952, the short story "The Virgin" by Filipino author Kerima Polotan Tuvera won both the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature and first prize in the Philippines Free Press literary contest. It also appeared in numerous short story anthologies.
Kerima Polotan Tuvera was well-known and respected as a writer for short stories, novels, essays and a biography of Imelda Marcos, the first lady of the Philippines. She also won several Palanca Awards for other short stories. In 1961, she won the Stonehill Award for her novel "The Hand of the Enemy." In 1963, she received the Republic Cultural Heritage Award, which was then the highest governmental recognition for artists. When she died in 2011 at age 85, she was lauded her as a significant voice in Filipino literature, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer.Learn More
The plot of Jose Garcia Villa's short story "Footnote to Youth" involves the struggles that a young man named dondong has with family life, marriage and the responsibilities of adulthood. At the beginning of the story, dondong isn't sure about how to talk to his dad about his desire to marry Teang, the love of his life. As the story goes on, dondong and Teang both have a hard time dealing with their decisions and wonder if matters might have ended differently had their choices not been the same.Full Answer >
"A Kind of Murder," by Hugh Pentecost, is a short story that appeared in "Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine" in August 1962. The story is autobiographical and is based on the author's experiences during his youth when he attended Morgan Military Academy.Full Answer >
W. Somerset Maugham's short story "The Luncheon" is a satirical piece about a painful anecdote from the narrator's past when he received a request to take a woman out to a lunch that ends up costing him his entire monthly budget. In addition to illustrating the woman's hypocrisy, "The Luncheon" also mocks the conventions of high society that force him to comply with her increasingly costly dietary requests.Full Answer >
As with most works of fiction, "There Will Come Soft Rains," a short story by science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, cannot be said to contain a single theme. However, among the themes present in the story are the threat of nuclear war, both the benefits and dangers of scientific and technological innovation and the supremacy of the natural world over human achievement.Full Answer >