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Publisher's Summary

The short story is today our most common literary product. It is read by everyone. Not every boy or girl will read novels after leaving school, but every boy or girl is certain to read short stories. It is important in high school to guide taste and appreciation in short story reading, so that the reading of days when school life is over will be healthful and upbuilding. 

Here is a collection that is entirely modern. The authors represented are among the leading authors of the day, the stories are principally stories of present-day life, and the themes are themes of present-day thought. The students who listen to this book will be more awake to the present, and will be better citizens of today.

The great number of stories presented has given opportunity to illustrate different types of short story writing:

  • Washington Irving: Rip Van Winkle
  • Edgar Allan Poe: The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky: Notes from the Underground
  • Franz Kafka: The Metamorphosis
  • Charles Dickens: The Chimes
  • Ivan Turgenev: Mumu
  • Francis Scott Fitzgerald: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness
  • Ambrose Bierce: Chickamauga
  • Arthur Conan Doyle: A Study in Scarlet
  • H. P. Lovecraft: At the Mountains of Madness
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne: Roger Malvin's Burial
  • Guy de Maupassant: Necklace
  • Leo Tolstoy: God Sees the Truth, But Waits
  • Anton Chekhov: The Lottery Ticket
  • Virginia Woolf: The Mark on the Wall
  • Katherine Mansfield: The Garden Party
  • H.G. Wells: The Star
  • Stendhal: Vanina Vanini
  • Honoré De Balzac: The Unknown Masterpiece
  • Mark Twain: The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
  • Aldous Huxley: Crome Yellow
  • Ernest Hemingway: Up in Michigan
  • Nikolay Gogol: A May Night
  • O. Henry: The Ransom of Red Chief
  • Jack London: To Build a Fire 

Narrated by Kenneth Elliot, David J. Miles, Peter Coates, John Brown, Trevor O'Hare, Richard Williams, Carl Hughes, Joshua Szatmari, Joanne Thompson, Mark Bowen, Andrey Repin, Lucy Stone, Joe Phoenix, Jim Girard, and John Lingua.

©2022 Strelbytskyy Multimedia Publishing (P)2022 Strelbytskyy Multimedia Publishing

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