Read by Richard Mitchley & Ghizela Rowe (Unabridged: 5hrs 58mins)
Featuring stories by Guy de Maupassant, Anton Chekhov, Ambrose Bierce, Leo Tolstoy & others.
Short stories have always been a sort of instant access into an author’s brain, their soul and heart. A few pages can lift our lives into locations, people and experiences with a sweep of landscape, narration, feelings and emotions that is difficult to achieve elsewhere.
In this series we try to offer up tried and trusted ‘Top Tens’ across many different themes and authors. But any anthology will immediately throw up the questions – Why that story? Why that author?
The theme itself will form the boundaries for our stories which range from well-known classics, newly told, to stories that modern times have overlooked but perfectly exemplify the theme. Throughout the volume our authors whether of instant recognition or new to you are all leviathans of literature.
Some you may disagree with but they will get you thinking; about our choices and about those you would have made. If this volume takes you on a path to discover more of these miniature masterpieces then we have all gained something.
A decade of exuberance as the world became a plaything of the Western Imperial powers to exploit for their own ends. Whole cultures were sequestrated and suspended and another overplanted in its place.
But short story authors created some of literature’s brightest jewels as they explored genres and styles in ambitious claims to be the chronicler of the age.
In this compilation -
01 - The Top 10 - The 1880's - An Introduction
02 - A Horseman In The Sky by Ambrose Bierce
03 - The Bet by Anton Chekhov
04 - The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant
05 - The Withered Arm by Thomas Hardy
06 - A White Heron by Sarah Orne Jewett
07 - The Man Who Would Be King
08 - Markheim by Robert Louis Stevenson
09 - The Lady, or the Tiger by Frank Stockton
10 - How Much Land Does A Man Need by Leo Tolstoy
11 - The Nightingale and the Rose by Oscar Wilde