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The Best of America

Seven Classic Short Stories

by Washington Irving Author · Nathaniel Hawthorne Author


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This anthology of unabridged short stories represents some of the most significant works from the most influential American authors of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Included are Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving, Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe, Mermaids by Louisa May Alcott, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce, and The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry.

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Blackstone Publishing
Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC
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O. Henry (Author)

O. Henry (1862-1910), born William Sydney Porter in Greensboro, North Carolina, was a short-story writer whose tales romanticized the commonplace, in particular, the lives of ordinary people in New York City. His stories often had surprise endings...

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Others (Author)

Bronson Pinchot, an Audie Award-winning narrator and Audible's Narrator of the Year for 2010, received his education at Yale University, which filled out what he had already received at his mother's knee in the all-important areas of Shakespeare, ...

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Mark Twain (Author)

Mark Twain (1835–1910) was born Samuel L. Clemens in the town of Florida, Missouri. One of the most popular and influential authors our nation has ever produced, his keen wit and incisive satire earned him praise from both critics and peers. He ha...

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Louisa May Alcott (Author)

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania. Educated by her father until she was sixteen, she also studied under Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Theodore Parker. A prolific writer, her most famous work was Lit...

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Edgar Allan Poe (Author)

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1848) transformed the American literary landscape with his innovations in the short story genre and his haunting lyrical poetry, and he is credited with inventing American gothic horror and detective fiction.

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Ambrose Bierce (Author)

Ambrose Bierce (1842-ca. 1914) was an American journalist, short-story writer, and poet. Born in Ohio, he served in the Civil War and then settled in San Francisco. He wrote for Hearst's Examiner, his wit and satire making him the literary dictato...

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Washington Irving (Author)

Washinton Irving (1783-1859) was an American essayist, novelist, and historian. The first American author to achieve international fame, his literary career served in many ways to consolidate the cultures of the United States and Europe.

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Nathaniel Hawthorne (Author)

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–1864) was born in Salem, Massachusetts, and made his ambition to be a writer while still a teenager. He graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine, where the poet Longfellow was also a student, and spent several years travel...

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O. Henry
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Narrator :
Geraint Wyn Davies
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Mark Twain
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Louisa May Alcott
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John Chancer
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Edgar Allan Poe
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Ambrose Bierce
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Various Narrators
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Washington Irving
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Norman Dietz
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Katherine Fenton
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Patrick Fraley
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Nathaniel Hawthorne
Narrator :
Bronson Pinchot
Narrator :
Russ Holcomb
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