Eighteen of the very best American short stories, each a classic in its own right. Stories include "The Little Frenchman and his Water Lots", by George Pope Morris; "The Angel of the Odd", by Edgar Allan Poe; "The Schoolmasters’s Progress", by Caroline M.S. Kirkland; "The Watkinson Evening", by Eliza Leslie; "Titbottom’s Spectacles", by George William Curtis; "My Double and "How He Undid Me", by Edward Everett Hale; "A Visit to the Asylum for Aged and Decayed Punsters", by Oliver Wendell; and more.
The Man Without a Country is a short story by American writer Edward Everett Hale, first published in The Atlantic, during the height of the Civil War. It is the story of American Army lieutenant Philip Nolan, who gets entangled with Aaron Burr in 1807 and renounces his country during his trial for treason, saying he never wants to hear about the United States again.
"A Classic Ruined"
An officer accused of being a traitor says he "never wants to hear of the United States again". His wish is granted - and ends up being a terrible punishment.
"Be careful what you wish for"
This recording presents a series of patriotic selections of unquestioned literary merit. The purpose is to teach patriotism. This is accomplished through stories chosen with special regard to their effectiveness as avenues through which young people may experience the patriotic sentiments and emotions upon which love of native land depends.
The story of Philip Nolan, exiled on a ship for 55 years after being convicted of treason whiplashes the listener between scorn and sympathy as he is doomed never to see his native land. The portrait of a patriot.
This memorable and laughable story, first published in the Atlantic Monthly, was the catalyst that spiraled Hale into becoming one of America's most famous writers. Naturally, when two Frederic Inghams showed up in a small parish in Maine, the inevitable twist and turns of deceit could lead only to disaster.