Seeing Ourselves: Great Stories from America's Past 1819-1918

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This collection of twenty American short stories, organized chronologically from the 19th century through World War I, helps tell the story of how we came to be who and what we are. Selected by NPR writer and reviewer Alan Cheuse, this is a new variety of anthology, one that starts as a compilation of wonderful literature but, by means of Cheuse's selection and commentary, becomes a social history of our nation. It includes Washington Irving's ""The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,"" Mark Twain's ""The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,"" and Theodore Dreiser's ""Free.""

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Contents Introduction Washington Irving (1783-1859) "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" (1819) Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) "My Kinsman, Major Molineux" (1832) "Young Goodman Brown" (1835) Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) "The Fall of the House of Usher" (1839) "The Purloined Letter" (1844) "The Cask of Amontillado" (1846) Herman Melville (1819-1891) "Bartleby, The Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street" (1853) "The Encantadas or Enchanted Isles" (1854) Herman Melville (1819-1891) "My Contraband" also called "The Brothers" (1863) Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) (1835-1910) "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" (1865) Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) "The First Christmas of New England" (1876) Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909) "A White Heron" (1886) Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914?) "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" (1891) "The Devil's Dictionary" (1906) Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) "The Yellow Wallpaper" (1892) Kate Chopin (1850-1904) "The Story of an Hour" (1894) Stephen Crane (1871-1900) "A Mystery of Heroism" (1895) Henry James (1843-1916) "The Beast in the Jungle" (1903) Jack London (1876-1916) "To Build a Fire" (1902/1908) "Samuel" (1909) Willa Cather (1873-1947) "The Enchanted Bluff" (1909) Edith Wharton (1862-1937) "Bunner Sisters" (1916) Theodore Dreiser (1871-1945) "Free" (1918)

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Novelist, essayist, and story writer Alan Cheuse (Washington, D.C.) has been described as ""The Voice of Books on NPR."" The author of A Trance after Breakfast, he has also written three novels and a pair of novellas. He is the editor of Seeing Ourselves: Great Early American Short Stories and co-editor of Writers' Workshop in a Book. He teaches writing at George Mason University.

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