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Greatest Short Stories Volume IV

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A compilation of short stories by American authors, including Booth Tarkington, Ruth Sawyer, and Gordon MacCreagh.
Hardcover, 382 pages
Published 1940 by P.F. Collier & Son (first published 1915)
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Hal Johnson
This book is endlessly fascinating, if only because no human being left alive could possibly consider its contents the "greatest short stories." Of all the post-Victorian "heirloom anthologies" ("a permanent place on your bookshelf" etc.) this one has aged the poorest, because the only audience equipped to enjoy these slight tales of bourgeois sentimentality no longer reads short stories at all.

Anyone braced for a traditional meal of Irving, Poe, and Hawthorn (this is an American volume) will be
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John Uzzi
Interesting collection of authors you know and others you never heard of.
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