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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (101 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edith Wharton Narrator: Kathleen Chalfant, Maria Tucci, Brenda Wehle, and Christina Pickles Publisher: Symphony Space Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2006 ISBN:
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Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story has toured to the Mount, the stately and elegant home of the great American writer Edith Wharton, for the last several summers, presenting Broadway and Hollywood actors reading stories by Wharton and other writers. Selected Shorts now presents a collection of four of Edith Wharton's short stories, recorded live at the Mount, and featuring acclaimed actresses Kathleen Chalfant, Christina Pickles, Maria Tucci, and Brenda Wehle.

Mrs. Manstey's View, read by Kathleen Chalfant
Roman Fever, read by Maria Tucci
The Reckoning, read by Brenda Wehle
Xingu, read by Christina Pickles

Selected Shorts is an award-winning series of classic and contemporary short fiction read by acclaimed actors. The series originates at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City. The Selected Shorts radio series is a co-production of Symphony Space and WNYC, New York Public Radio, and is heard on public radio stations nationwide.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 6/3/2013

    " Really loved the sharpness of many of these stories, though by the time I reached the end of the book the hopeless situations and love-going-nowhere was depressing. I'd recommend Xingu. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 4/16/2013

    " Fantastic character descriptions. Written in the early 1900's, they do not seem outdated and the situations are unique with a mix of humor and poignant tenderness. The vocab was very erudite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Cerruti | 7/14/2012

    " I did not expect these stories to be my cup of tea, but was pleasantly surprised. Roman Fever was my favorite. The twist at the end was elegant. The other three stories poked fun at the upper-class twits of her day. They were reminiscent of stories by Saki, but not as concise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 7/7/2011

    " Xingu! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirsti | 12/22/2009

    " This contains one of my favorite Wharton turns of phrase: "the mentally unemployed." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 1/10/2009

    " I found a degree of variability in quality among these stories. While they all are well-written, some deal with the themes of social ostracism, feminism and relationships between the sexes better and more interestingly than others. My favorites are "The Pelican" and "Xingu". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 11/10/2008

    " audio stories narrated by Alece. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 8/2/2006

    " There are so many wonderful quotations I could take from these pages. I find my notes and underlined paragraphs throughout the book. It was so enjoyable that I was disappointed that it wasn't longer. "

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About the Author
Author Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton (1862–1937) was born in New York and is best known for her stories of life among the upper-class society into which she was born. She was educated privately at home and in Europe. In 1894 she began writing fiction, and her novel The House of Mirth established her as a leading writer. Her novels The Age of Innocence and Old New York were each awarded the Pulitzer Prize. She was the first woman to receive that honor. In 1929 she was awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Fiction.