Unlike the other arts, American literature has been a powerful, influential, and leading aspect of American culture. By turns sedate and mercurial and possessing a moral mind set of various social values, the American short story reveals in its pages the psyche of a growing, sprawling nation whose sense of destiny has always been larger than life. Here are seven masterpieces that will make you smile, make you frown, and leave you pondering the mystery that surrounds the soul of a great nation.
Selections in Volume 1:
A Journey by Edith Wharton - A woman tries to conceal the death of her husband on a train trip.
Impulse by Conrad Aiken After a lifetime of pushing his luck, a man pushes it a little too far.
Only the Dead Know Brooklyn by Thomas Wolfe A lonely man with a map tries to understand a little piece of the earth.
A Christian Education by Robert Penn Warren A troubled farmer recalls the life and death of a retarded boy.
Barn Burning by William Faulkner In prose as fully mature and beautiful as anything he ever wrote, this is one of the most searing indictments of revenge ever put on paper.
Paul's Case by Willa Cather A youth decides to put his life of fantasy and that of the real world on a collision course.
The Devil and Daniel Webster by Stephen Vincent Benét This beautiful, riproaring tall-tale embraces all that is good in American life. Download and start listening now!