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By James Cochrane

'American literature and the quick tale can be stated to have come of age at concerning the similar time, and this, besides anything within the bustling and lively American temperament, may well pass a way in the direction of explaining why the 2 cross jointly in addition to they do.' Twenty-one brief tales from the very best American writers over the past 200 years supply a spell binding, multi-faceted portrait of a rustic, a humans and the original literature produced via this such a lot exuberant of nations.

Washington Irving (1783–1859)
THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–64)
YOUNG GOODMAN BROWN
Edgar Allan Poe (1809–49)
THE FALL OF the home OF USHER
Herman Melville (1819–91)
BARTLEBY
Mark Twain (1835–1910)
THE guy THAT CORRUPTED HADLEYBURG
Francis Bret Harte (1836–1902)
THE OUTCASTS OF POKER FLAT
Ambrose Bierce (1842–?1914)
ONE OF THE MISSING
Henry James (1843–1916)
THE actual THING
O. Henry (1862–1910)
AN UNFINISHED STORY
Stephen Crane (1871–1900)
THE BRIDE involves YELLOW SKY
Willa Cather (1873–1947)
NEIGHBOR ROSICKY
Jack London (1876–1916)
TO construct A FIRE
Sherwood Anderson (1876–1941)
DEATH within the WOODS
Ring Lardner (1885–1933)
WHO DEALT?
Katherine Anne Porter (b. 1890)
FLOWERING JUDAS
F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1940)
THE wealthy BOY
William Faulkner (1897–1962)
DELTA AUTUMN
Ernest Hemingway (1898–1961)
THE BATTLER
Bernard Malamud (1914–1986)
THE JEWBIRD
Truman Capote (1924–1984)
CHILDREN ON THEIR BIRTHDAYS
John Updike (b. 1932).
WIFE-WOOING

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Then a book was still a Book, Where a wistful man might look, Finding something through the whole Beating—like a human soul. In that growth of day by day, When to labour was to pray, Surely something vital passed To the patient page at last; Something that one still perceives Vaguely present in the leaves! Something from the worker lent; Something mute—but eloquent ! Austin Dobson. A BOOKISH BALLAD. ) I have a goodly library, but oft they disappear, Those cherished volumes which I hold so very,—very dear.

Now-a-days we are apt to forget either salutation; yet the thrill of pleasure an old favourite or a much-longed-for new book inspires, at times bursts into song. Your lover has a habit of dropping into rhyme in a way which oftentimes, to be quite honest, does more credit to his devotion than to his culture; even with a facile writer bathos waits nearer than pathos. The few eternal verities come with fatal ease; and, vivid as they may be to the rhymer, fall somewhat tamely on a listener's ear. Therefore it would be rash to declare that all poems about books are worthy of their subject.

Imperishable they had stood! They did not seem like books to him. But Heroes, Martyrs, Saints—themselves The things they told of, not mere books Ranged grimly on the oaken shelves. To those dim alcoves, far withdrawn. He turned with measured steps and slow, Trimming his lantern as he went; And there, among the shadows, bent Above one ponderous folio, With whose miraculous text were blent Seraphic faces: Angels, crowned With rings of melting amethyst; Mute, patient Martyrs, cruelly bound To blazing fagots; here and there, Some bold, serene Evangelist, Or Mary in her sunny hair; And here and there from out the words A brilliant tropic bird took flight; And through the margins many a vine Went wandering—roses, red and white.

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