A Pocket Book of Modern American Short Stories

A Pocket Book of Modern American Short Stories None


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A Pocket Book of Modern American Short Stories

  1. Philip Van Doren Stern was an American author, editor, and Civil War historian whose story The Greatest Gift, published in 1943, inspired the classic Christmas film It s a Wonderful Life 1946.Philip Van Doren Stern was born in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania into a family of humble means His Pennsylvania born father was a traveling merchant of Bavarian descent, who came to Wyalusing from West Virginia with his New Jersey born wife Stern grew up in Brooklyn, New York and New Jersey, and graduated from Rutgers University.After graduating from Rutgers in 1924, Philip Van Doren Stern worked in advertising before switching to a career as a designer and editor in publishing.He was a historian and author of some 40 books and editor most known for his books on the Civil War 1 that a New York Times obituary called authoritative and widely respected by scholars As an editor, he worked at Pocket Books, Simon Schuster, and Alfred A Knopf 1 He compiled and annotated short story collections and the writings and letters of Abraham Lincoln, Edgar Allan Poe, and Henry David Thoreau.During World War II, he was a member of the planning board of the United States Office of War Information He was the general manager of Editions for the Armed Services, which resized popular books so Americans serving in the military could store them in the pockets of their uniforms 1 He compiled and edited many collections and anthologies of short stories, pictorial books, annotations, and books on historical subjects.Stern edited, compiled, and introduced The Viking Portable Poe in 1945, a compact collection of letters, short stories, poems, and essays by Edgar Allan Poe Stern wrote the biographical introduction to the collection, selected the contents included, and wrote introductory essays on the varying genres The collection became a standard single volume anthology of Poe s works for almost fifty years.

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  1. I enjoyed reading this book This collection of short stories was a good introduction to American authors from the early 20th century, many of whom I was unfamiliar Among the stories that I particularly liked were Babylon Revisited by F Scott Fitzgerald, You Were Perfectly Fine by Dorothy Parker, The Night the Ghost Got In by James Thurber, and That Evening Sun Go Down by William Faulkner There were also stories by John Steinbeck, William Saroyan, Ernest Hemingway, Conrad Aiken, Stephen Vincent B [...]

  2. A collection of short stories by Steinbeck, Hemingway, Faulkner and many other now classic American writers I really enjoyed pretty much all of the stories, and this book is perfect if you want to get a peak of someones writing style before jumping headfirst into a full length story Its also good for those of us with short attention spans.Overall, I loved it and will probably go back to read some of them again My favorite of the stories was Silent Snow, Secret Snow by Conrad Aiken.

  3. Babylon Revisited was definitely the highlight of this book, you can t deny it, F Scott Fitzgerald is golden The other ones were forgettable in comparison, but I remember the characters and the story from this story as if it was an entire book That is how you write a short story.

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