Fifty Great American Short Stories

Fifty Great American Short Stories

Fifty Great American Short Stories

A brilliant, far-reaching collection of stories from Washington Irving to John Updike.

The Classic Stories
Edgar Allan Poe’s Ms. Found in a Bottle, Bret Harte’s The Outcasts of Poker Flat, Sherwood Anderson’s Death in the Woods, Stephen Vincent Benét’s By the Waters of Babylon

The Great Writers
Melville, James, Dreiser, Faulkner, Hemingway, Steinbeck, McCullers

The Little-Known Masterpieces
Edith Wharton’s The Dilettante, Finley Peter Dunne’s Mr. Dooley on the Popularity of Fireman, Charles M. Flandrau’s A Dead Issue, James Reid Parker’s The Archimandrite's Niece

About the Author
Milton Crane is Professor Emeritus of English Language and Literature at George Washington University and the University of Chicago. His is the author several books and articles on English literature, as well as the editor of the Bantam anthology, "50 Great American Short Stories,"

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The Adventure of the German Student
by Washington Irving



ON A stormy night, in the tempestuous times of the French Revolution, a young German was returning to his lodgings, at a late hour, across the old part of Paris. The lightning gleamed, and the loud claps of thunder rattled through the lofty narrow streets—but I should first...

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