21 Essential American Short Stories

21 Essential American Short Stories

Book - 2011 | 1st ed.
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This book is a collection of beloved stories that have comprised an important part of the fabric of our culture, from the earliest days of our nation to the twentieth century. Some of the stories, such as Washington Irving's "Rip Van Winkle," O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi," William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily," Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper," and James Thurber's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," have been long regarded as literary classics, while others, such as Frank Stockton's "The Lady or the Tiger?" and Ellis Parker Butler's "Pigs Is Pigs," are lesser known but well worth discovering. The carefully selected stories, each preceded by an illuminating headnote, powerfully illustrate the varied richness of our national literature and history. This beautifully packaged volume, containing the unforgettable classic short stories that evoke our shared American tradition and national identity, makes the perfect gift for the short story aficionado and novice alike. --From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books /St. Martin's Press, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312648039
Branch Call Number: TWENT
Characteristics: xv, 300 p. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Pockell, Leslie


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Dec 01, 2018

This psychological short, expertly written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, will leave any reader at the end of the day questioning the medical practices of the 19th century. In addition, it gives the reader a unique perspective into the way women were treated medically. If you like a mind-bending, historical suspense, you should definitely read this.

" Their voices had risen, but upon a sudden interruption they both subsided into immediate silence. Footsteps were coming along the path in their direction, and a moment later the rose bushes were parted displaying Braddock Wahington, whose intelligent eyes set in his good-looking vacuous face were peering in at them. ' Who kissed a corpse?' he demanded in obvious disapproval. ' Nobody, ' answered Kismine quickly. ' We were just joking.' ' What are you doing here, anyhow?' he demanded gruffly. ' Kismine, you ought to be--to be reading or playing golf with your sister. Go read! Go play golf! Don't let me find you here when I come back!' Then he bowed at John and went up the path." " Long after midnight John's body gave a nervous jerk, and he sat suddenly upright, staring into the veils of somnolence that draped the room....For a moment he hesitated, appalled by the silent splendor massed about him, seeming to envelop in its gigantic folds and contours the solitary drenched little figure shivering upon the ivory landing. Then simultaneously two things happened." " ' Leslie M. Pockell was an associate publisher at a major publishing house in New York. He compiled several highly acclaimed poetry collections, including the bestselling THE 100 BEST POEMS OF ALL TIME.' "

May 27, 2014

"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" by James Thurber is just one of several fabulous short stories found in this collection. I recommend it to anyone looking for brief wonderful reads.

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