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Classic American Short Stories, Volume 2 | [Theodore Dreiser, Jack London, F. Scott Fitzgerald, more]

Classic American Short Stories, Volume 2

The greatest short story writers strive to achieve a single, dramatic effect, a feature which the early masters of this genre perfected. Although the short story came from Europe, it was reborn in America and reached a pinnacle of superb form on these shores by the turn of the 20th century. In so many of our best writers, we hear echoes of a pioneer ethos that sustains the heart of a great literature. Here are 12 of America's best.
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Publisher's Summary

The Lost Phoebe by Theodore Dreiser
An old midwestern farmer tries to adjust himself to his new life as a widower.

To Build a Fire by Jack London
A young man in Alaska elects to go on a cross country journey in mid-winter against the advice of older, more experienced men.

The Long Way Out by F. Scott Fitzgerald
A woman loses her husband while convalescing at a sanitarium.

The Wonderful Tar Baby by Joel Chandler Harris
: An Old South story of the eternal battle of wits between rabbit and fox.

The Coup de Grace by Ambrose Bierce
In wartime, personal animosities are usually set aside so as not to interfere with the business of war.

A White Heron by Sarah Orne Jewett
The delicate story of a young New England girl's infatuation with a stranger and a strange bird.

After the Storm by Ernest Hemingway
Set in Key West, an adventurer tells his tale of a drunken fight during a hurricane.

The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky by Stephen Crane
This hilarious tale describes what happens when the sheriff of a west Texas town comes home with a brand new eastern bride.

The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
A gothic horror story by a master writer.

Torch Song by John Cheever
A woman's repeated efforts to help a variety of strange men seem to coincide with her own inability to form a meaningful relationship.

The Outcasts of Poker Flat by Bret Harte
This is a humorous, poignant tale of a group of exiles from a California mining town who get caught up in a blizzard while en route to a nearby settlement.

Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving
Possibly America's most famous short story, this early fairy tale set in our colonial past is easily one of the most popular short stories ever written.

© and (P)2006 Audio Connoisseur

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    This had some interesting short stories. I like the twists of some of the stories. The stories tend to be a little dark at times, but many are classics and some I have never heard. I am a big fan of these short stories as a means to break up listening to longer more complicated books. I could recommend this audible selection.

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    Anthony Pour Marina del Rey, CA 09-15-09
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    "Charlton Griffin turns classics into superhits!"

    I now got into the habit of searching the Audible website solely by the name of one narrator: Charlton Griffin. So far he helped me hear stories I have read, or tried to read, several times since high school in a brand new way. For instance, for many years I could never get through Poe's House of Usher. But Mr. Griffin gave Poe's rather pompous verbosity a pleasing musical quality and thus helped me finally make it to the end of the story and discover that it is indeed a very good one.
    So, now I am going to order Charlton Griffin's rendition of Homer's Iliad. I have tried to read that super classic several times before, but never quite made it past page 20 or so. I'll be happy to keep everybody who is interested informed what Mr. Griffin did for me there.
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    Although I did not fully enjoy all the stories, (Poe for one), I enjoyed the idea of short stories. I would listen for an hour or so, then do something else. The perfomance was pleasant to listen to, and most of the stories were interesting.

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