Five great American short story writers, dating from the turn of the nineteenth/twentieth centuries are represented here. Different in atmosphere and writing style, they nevertheless caught the mood and concerns of the day in a way that was distinctly American. Bierce's 'An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge' leaves echoes in the imagination; the stories by Crane and London recall the themes of the Civil War and the Klondike for which they are well known. Twain's humour is to the fore in 'The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County' and O. Henry's sharp observation makes his neat tales a joy to listen to. An attractive and accessible collection.
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by Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, Ambrose Bierce, Jack London
by John Harding
by Stephen Crane, O. Henry, Anton Chekhov
by Ambrose Bierce
by Stephen Crane, Bret Harte, Jack London
by Stephen Crane
by O. Henry
by Mark Twain
by Stuart Woods
by Upton Sinclair
by Thomas Hardy, SmartPass Ltd.
by Herman Melville
"Being a "classic" doesn't automatically make a story good, and one can't listen to the second-rate Jack London dog story and four predictable O.Henry stories that make up three of this collection's four sides without wondering how many of our classic authors would find a publisher today. William Roberts is an excellent reader, and given a true classic, like Bierce's "Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" or Twain's "Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," he achieves the subtlety and concentrated dramatic force that are the hallmarks of the American short story. But with so many choices available in the canon of American short fiction, it's a mystery why this anthology would have so many uninspired selections. D.A.W. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine"
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