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Short-Stories   By: (1873-)

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Short-Stories by L. A. Pittenger is an exceptional collection of tales that captivates readers from the very first page. With each story, Pittenger takes us on a journey through various emotions, settings, and themes, showcasing his incredible talent for storytelling.

The book is comprised of fifteen short stories, each unique in its own way. From the lighthearted and humorous to the thought-provoking and poignant, Pittenger's ability to create diverse narratives is truly commendable. He seamlessly transitions between genres and keeps readers engaged throughout the entire collection.

One of the standout aspects of this book is Pittenger's masterful character development. Each protagonist feels genuine and relatable, allowing readers to connect with their experiences and struggles. Whether it's a young boy grappling with the loss of a loved one or an old man reflecting on a life well-lived, Pittenger brings his characters to life with remarkable detail and vulnerability.

In addition to strong character development, the author's vivid and evocative descriptions of settings transport readers into the heart of each story. From bustling city streets to tranquil countryside landscapes, Pittenger successfully conveys the essence of each location, making it easy for readers to immerse themselves in the narrative.

The themes explored within this collection also deserve praise. Pittenger touches upon a wide range of subjects, including love, loss, redemption, and the human condition. His stories are thought-provoking, often leaving readers with a lingering sense of contemplation long after finishing the book. Pittenger's ability to craft meaningful stories with depth and substance is truly remarkable.

Although each story is distinct, there is an overarching sense of unity throughout the collection. Pittenger's seamless prose and ability to deliver satisfying conclusions make this book an absolute pleasure to read. The pacing is just right, allowing for a smooth and engaging reading experience.

Moreover, the writing style itself is concise yet powerful. Pittenger's prose flows effortlessly, pulling readers in from the very first sentence and keeping them captivated until the final page. His ability to convey emotions and deliver impactful messages with precision showcases his prowess as a writer.

If there is one flaw to be found, it is that some of the stories could have been slightly longer, as they leave readers craving for more by the time they conclude. However, this can also be seen as a testament to the author's ability to create memorable characters and narratives.

Overall, Short-Stories by L. A. Pittenger is a gem of a collection that showcases the author's exceptional talent for storytelling. From the genuine and relatable characters to the beautiful prose and thought-provoking themes, this book has it all. Readers who enjoy compelling short stories that leave a lasting impact will undoubtedly find immense satisfaction within its pages.

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Set up and electrotyped. Published November, 1913. Reprinted January, 1914.

Norwood Press, J.S. Cushing Co. Berwick & Smith Co., Norwood, Mass., U.S.A.


This collection of short stories does not illustrate the history of short story writing, nor does it pretend that these are the ten best stories ever written, but it does attempt to present selections from a list of the greatest short stories that have proved, in actual use, most beneficial to high school students.

The introduction presents a concise statement of the essentials of the history, qualities, and composition of the short story. A brief biography of each author and a criticism covering the main characteristics of his writings serve as starting points for the recitation. The references following both the biography and criticism are given in order that the study of the short story may be amplified, and that high school teachers may build a systematic and serviceable library about their class work in the teaching of the story. The collateral readings, listed after each story, will aid in the creation of a suitable atmosphere for the story studied, and explain many questions developed in the recitation... Continue reading book >>

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