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Short Stories
Compiled by Richard Seltzer
B&R Samizdat Express -July 8, 2003
ISBN: 0-931968-64-X
Genre: Literature - Short Stories

Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness - September 8, 2003

Please note: As of 10/27/2007, this CD now contains 3,901 stories.

The short story is both a literary style, and a genre unto itself. Writing a short story is, in many regards, more difficult than writing a novel. In the short story format you do not have the time, nor the luxury to go into great detail about your characters or your setting. In very short order you must set the stage for your plot, present the problem besetting your protagonist, and then solve his problem. Creating a riveting and satisfying story in the space of just a few pages is truly an art form.

In his CD collection, Short Stories, Richard Seltzer has compiled a fantastic selection of short stories. This collection features a cross section of short stories from around the world. In addition, some of the best masters of this literary form are also represented, including Hans Christian Andersen, Honore de Balzac, Anton Chekhov, Kate Chopin, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Bret Harte, O. Henry, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Washington Irving, Henry James, Henry Lawson, Henri Rene Guy de Maupassant, Saki (H.H. Munro), Rabindranath Tagore, and many more.

You will also find a selection of short stories by authors, such as Jack London and Mark Twain, who were not only famous novelists, but also prolific short story writers. Furthermore, you will also find short stories by authors, such as James Fenimore Cooper, Daniel Defoe, Leo Tolstoy, and Louisa Mae Alcott, who while famed for their novels, are not so well known for their short stories.

The short stories in this collection offer readers a unique opportunity to compare the various techniques used in crafting a masterful short story, and to experience how this literary form differs from country to country. While many of the works in this collection are by American and British authors, authors from a variety of countries, including France, India, Switzerland, Italy, Russia, Australia, Germany, are also well represented. The short stories contained in this collection, which were not originally written in English, are offered in English translation. A smattering of Ancient Greek and Roman short stories are also included.

The works contained in this collection are all works currently in the public domain. Most of the works are from the 1920's or earlier, hence you will not find works my modern authors in this collection. By default, this is a collection of classic short stories. These are the stories that you will most often be require to read in high school and college, because they are stories that have withstood the test of time and have emerged as stellar examples of the literary form know as the short story. This is a collection that will delight readers of every ilk, with short stories that run the gamut from westerns to stories about love and faith.

In all, the Short Story collection includes over 1,600 stories by over 90 authors! This collection is housed on a single CD-Rom disc, which sells for the modest fee of $19.

To read the stories in this collection, you will need a PC with Windows, plus a web browser or a word processing program such as Word or WordPerfect. All the stories in this collection are presented in plain text format, making them easy to read using screen readers, or to enlarge the text for easy reading by those with low vision. In addition, this collection includes a shareware copy of the ReadPlease screen reading software program.

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