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This superb collection of 26 classic stories by American masters of the art provides a comprehensive survey of the origin and growth of this literary form.
Introduction * “Rip Van Winkle” by Washington Irving * “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne * “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe * Bartleby the Scrivener” by Herman Melville * “Baker’s Bluejay Yarn” by Mark Twain * The Boarded Window” by Ambrose Bierce * “The Real Thing” by Henry James * “A Village Singer” by Mary Wilkins Freeman * “Mrs. Ripley’s Trip" by Hamlin Garland * “A Municipal Report” by O. Henry “Roman Fever” by Edith Wharton * “The Open Boat” by Stephen Crane * “Unlighted Lamps” by Sherwood Anderson * “The Man Who Saw through Heaven” by Wilbur Daniel Steele * “Silent Snow, Secret Snow” by Conrad Aiken * “He” by Katherine Anne Porter * “The Catbird Seat” by James Thurber * “The Little Wife” by William March * “Wash” by William Faulkner * “The Snake" by John Steinbeck * “To the Mountains” by Paul Horgan * “Over the River and through the Wood” by John O’Hara * “The Wind and the Snow of Winter” by Walter van Tilburg Clark * “Powerhouse” by Eudora Welty * “In Greenwich There Are Many Gravelled Walks” by Hortense Calisher