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  • Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The top 10 short stories of all time written by American female authors.Short stories have always been a sort of instant access into an author’s brain, their soul and heart. A few pages can lift our lives into locations, people and experiences with a sweep of landscape, narration, feelings and emotions that is difficult to achieve elsewhere.In this series we try to offer up tried and trusted ‘Top Tens’ across many different themes and authors. But any anthology will immediately throw up the questions – Why that story? Why that author? The theme itself will form the boundaries for our stories which range from well-known classics, newly told, to stories that modern times have...read more

  • O Henry

    Short stories have always been a sort of instant access into an author's brain, their soul and heart. A few pages can lift our lives into locations, people and experiences with a sweep of landscape, narration, feelings and emotions that is difficult to achieve elsewhere.In this series we try to offer up tried and trusted 'Top Tens' across many different themes and authors. But any anthology will immediately throw up the questions - Why that story? Why that author? The theme itself will form the boundaries for our stories which range from well-known classics, newly told, to stories that modern times have overlooked but perfectly exemplify the theme. Throughout the volume our authors...read more

  • O Henry

    To readers and listeners all over the world, O. Henry - one of the most famous pen names in history - means the very best in short story...read more

  • O Henry

    To readers and listeners all over the world, O. Henry - one of the most famous pen names in history - means the very best in short story...read more

  • O Henry

    O Henry perhaps the master of the American short story across his 600 works. Slices of life, vignettes of narrative are told with verve and poise and words that simply flow as he wanders through society revealing characters and stories of instant appeal.1 - O Henry - A Short Story Collection - An Introduction - Volume 22 - The Ransom of Red Chief by O Henry3 - Hearts and Hands by O Henry4 - The Unknown Quantity by O Henry5 - A Retrieved Reformation by O Henry6 - The Social Triangle by O Henry7 - The Skylight Room by O Henry8 - The Plutonian Fire by O Henry9 - Witch's Loaves by O Henry10 - Springtime a la Carte by O Henry11 - The Last Leaf by O Henry12 - Jeff Peters as a Personal Magnet by...read more

  • O Henry

    William Sydney Porter was born on 11th September 1862 in Greensboro, North Carolina. At age 3 his mother died from tuberculosis. From an early age it was clear Porter had a large appetite for reading as he absorbed the world around him.He first attended at a school run by his aunt before enrolling at the Lindsey Street High School and then worked at his uncle's drugstore and gained a pharmacists' license in 1881. A persistent cough took him to Texas in the hope that a change of climate would help his symptoms. He took on various types of work, initially from ranch hand and cook and then as varied as pharmacist, draftsman, bank teller and journalist. He also began to write, though for now,...read more

  • Henry O

    Here are eight stories from master American writers of the nineteenth century. They vary from sinister tales by Ambrose Bierce – why is that window boarded up? – and a reflective moment in the life of a woman without children, forced to look after children, to classic short stories by O. Henry and Stephen Crane. There is even an elegiac description of an eclipse by James Fenimore Cooper, author of The Last of the Mohicans. Read with sensitivity and skill by Garrick Hagon and Liza...read more

  • O Henry

    The Marionettes tells the story of two disreputable men. One, Dr. James, is a suave doctor and also an assassin and safe-breaker. The other, Mr. Chandler, is a consumate wastrel, gambler, and wife beater. Each of the two adheres to a strict code of conduct and despises the other for their lack of morals. A chance encounter between the two of them not only throws their differences into sharp relief, but also leads to a monumental crime and bizarre...read more

  • Henry O

    This is a short story about a poor, young, married couple who both sell their most prized possession in order to purchase a holiday gift for the other. A lesson in sacrifice and the true meaning of giving is beautifully told in this classic tale with a heart wrenching...read more

  • O Henry

    O. Henry's poignant ghost story of a young man seeking his lost love in the city. When he rents a furnished room in the lower West Side, he senses from a mysterious and familiar scent that his lost love has recently stayed there. The ghostly essence of his lover exercises a very strange and sinister effect on...read more

  • Henry O

    Two delightful tales by one of America’s favorite storytellers. In “Elsie in New York,” Elsie is an innocent young woman who, upon the death of her father, must look for work to make a living. Her father expected her to trust to the goodheartedness of his previous employer, but Elsie prefers to make her own way in life. Although she visits an employment agency and applies for several positions, do-gooders interfere. Thinking they are saving her soul, in actuality they point her to her destruction. In “The Purple Dress,” two young women clerks have been saving money all year to buy new dresses for the one gala of their year, the annual Thanksgiving dinner...read more

  • Henry O

    In this short story, O. Henry introduces The Cisco Kid, who is a ruthless caballero on horseback. Cisco warns, "Don't you monkey with my Lulu girl, or I'll tell you what I'll do..." But you have to listen to the story to find out exactly what he would do. The Cisco Kid would ride on to become a heroic Mexican cowboy star of tv, radio, film and comic...read more

  • O Henry

    The screenplay writer in Hollywood was a pen-for-hire. Whatever your status elsewhere in the world here, in Hollywood, you were usually a high-paid weekly contract where your talents, your genius, were at the beck and call of others who spoke of Art but were really mad but we're really the mouthpieces of Commerce.But radio for the Hollywood studio system was all about marketing. On that basis something approaching art could be produced on a regular basis. This series produced some real gems from all manner of writers as their short stories and plays were remade for a radio audience. With high production values courtesy of the money from the shows sponsor, Philip Morris, the expert...read more

  • Edith Wharton

    The American literary tradition has, in a far shorter span of time than others throughout history, achieved a glowing and glittering reputation.From its transatlantic roots it has absorbed the sons and daughters of other cultures, other lands and made them part of her own.America prides itself on liberty, on justice for all and, if you are a wealthy white man, that is essentially true. Sadly, many other segments of society find it difficult to feel or become part of this endeavour.Within this chronological history of the American short story, that prejudice has helped shape the borders of those two endless questions about any anthology. Why that story? Why that Author?We made some hard...read more