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The Golden Argosy: A Collection of the Most Celebrated Short Stories in the English Language

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The Golden Argosy: The Most Celebrated Short Stories in the English Language is an anthology edited by Charles Grayson and Van H. Cartmell, and published by Dial Press in 1955. It is famous for being the favorite book of novelist Stephen King.

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• I'm a fool by Sherwood Anderson
• The happy hypocrite by Max Beerbohm
• The devil and Daniel Webster by Stephen Vincent Benét
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Hardcover, Book Club, 656 pages
Published 1955 by Dial Press
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blakeR
Stephen King called this basically the best short story collection ever and that was enough for me. I've been searching it out since, figuring something as wonderful as King says wouldn't be so hard to find (I eventually had to check it out from a university library after not finding it for years second-hand, and refusing to pay 30-some-odd dollars online).

I was expecting something a little bolder perhaps than this staid anthology of popular classics -- the editors basically printed the most of
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Martin Ortiz
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Being Stephen King's favorite book, I decided to run down the Table of Contents. With most of the stories being in public domain, all but 2 of the 40 stories are available on-line from legitimate sources. I put together links to those stories which are available.
http://martinhillortiz.blogspot.com/2...

Most of the stories hold up well. I can see how a consummate storyteller would choose this as his favorite.

The Table of Contents.

I'm a Fool by Sherwood Anderson (1922)
The Happy Hypocrite by Max
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Barbara
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A most fascinating collections of stories. I read it on the recommendation of Stephen King.
Nancy
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an out-of-print book which is a collection of short stories from various authors. Stephen King has said that this is one of his favorite books, so my curiosity was piqued and I had to read this. There are a total of 40 short stories in this book, all but one of which are public domain and free to read on the internet (which is a good thing considering the book is very hard to find). One gentleman got hold of the table of contents and made a giant listing of the links to each story on his ...more
Dale Jones
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought this collection mostly had some of the best short stories in the English language that I can only hope to write. No collection of stories is perfect, but I liked most of them. My favorites: I'm a Fool by Sherwood Anderson, Paul's Case by Willa Cather, A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner, The Rich Boy by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Gioconda Smile by Aldous Huxley, To Build a Fire by Jack London, Big Blonde by Dorothy Parker. Other good stories: The Damned Thing by Ambrose Bierce, Back for ...more
Kmkoppy
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I've always loved short stories and this collection was awesome. It is a great introduction to some fabulous authors that I'd never read before. I loved Thomas Wolfe's Chickamauga, Joseph Conrad's Youth, Faulkner's A Rose for Emily, Ferber's Old Man Minick, Aldous Huxley's The Giaconda Smile, Jack London's To Build a Fire, W. Somerset Maugham's Rain, R.L. Stevenson's A Lodging for the Night, and Henry Van Dyke's The Other Wise Man. And the others were good too. There wasn't one story I didn't en ...more
Rheanna
Aug 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stunning
This older and out-of-print book is a collection of some of (certainly not all, but that book would be simply unmanageable) the great short stories written before the fifties. It includes some of my all-time favorite short stories, such as, "The Lady or the Tiger?" and "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County". It contains stories by Robert L. Stevenson, Dorothy Parker, Thomas Wolfe, Poe, Kipling, Twain, Faulkner, Sherwood Anderson, O. Henry, Huxley, Fitzgerald, and even more! It's reall ...more
Marlon Deason
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I sought out this book based on Stephen King citing it as one of his favorite books of all time. There are some good stories and it is a great collection. I can see the influence they had on Kings writing. That being said, not all have aged well. Despite it's fading relevance this is a great way to get acquainted with the work of several well known authors.
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