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Download Great American Short Stories: Volume 1 Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Great American Short Stories: Volume 1 (Unabridged) Audiobook, by Herman Melville
3.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 5 3.57 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Herman Melville Narrator: Various Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2007 ISBN:
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This collection is a short-story lover's dream. Included are 17 classic works, representing the finest writers of the genre. This volume contains:

  • Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville
  • The One Million Pound Bank Note by Mark Twain
  • The Blue Hotel by Stephen Crane
  • The Minister's Black Veil and Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Princess and the Puma by O. Henry
  • Under the Lion's Paw by Hamlin Garland
  • Love of Life and The Law of Life by Jack London
  • An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and A Horseman in the Sky by Ambrose Bierce
  • Paul's Case by Willa Cather
  • The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and The Adventure of the Mason by Washington Irving
  • The Outcasts of Poker Flat and Tennessee's Partner by Bret Harte.
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About the Author
Author Herman MelvilleHerman Melville was born in August 1, 1819, in New York City, the son of a merchant. Only twelve when his father died bankrupt, young Herman tried work as a bank clerk, as a cabin-boy on a trip to Liverpool, and as an elementary schoolteacher, before shipping in January 1841 on the whaler Acushnet, bound for the Pacific. Deserting ship the following year in the Marquesas, he made his way to Tahiti and Honolulu, returning as ordinary seaman on the frigate United States to Boston, where he was discharged in October 1844. Books based on these adventures won him immediate success. By 1850 he was married, had acquired a farm near Pittsfield, Massachussetts (where he was the impetuous friend and neighbor of Nathaniel Hawthorne), and was hard at work on his masterpiece Moby-Dick.

Literary success soon faded; his complexity increasingly alienated readers. After a visit to the Holy Land in January 1857, he turned from writing prose fiction to poetry. In 1863, during the Civil War, he moved back to New York City, where from 1866-1885 he was a deputy inspector in the Custom House, and where, in 1891, he died. A draft of a final prose work, Billy Budd, Sailor, was left unfinished and uncollated, packed tidily away by his widow, where it remained until its rediscovery and publication in 1924.