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LITERATURE:

AMERICAN STORIES

(Updated on 25/08/2010)

 

 

 

 

 

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BIERCE Ambrose
BURROUGHS Edgar Rice
BUTLER Ellis Parker

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CATHER Willa
CHOPIN Kate
CRANE Stephen

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GARLAND Hamlin

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HARTE Bret
HAWTHORNE Nathaniel

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IRVING Washington

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JEWETT Sarah Orne

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LONDON Jack

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MARTIN George R.R.
MELVILLE Herman

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O'BRIEN Fitz-James
O. HENRY

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POE Edgar Allan
PORTER Eleanor H.

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STOCKTON Frank

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TALL TALE
TWAIN Mark

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WEAVER Caty

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(Created on 01/01/2016)


 

 

 


  • BIERCE Ambrose:

    • 'A Horseman in the Sky' by Ambrose Bierce - - Text + Audio + Video
      "Carter Druse lived in Virginia, a southern state during the American Civil War.
      He had a tough decision to make - should he join the Confederate Army or the Union Army?
      Read this classic American Story to find out what decision he makes, and what it means to his father and fellow soldiers."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

      'A Horseman in the Sky' by Ambrose Bierce - Video with the text
      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

    • 'An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge' by Ambrose Bierce - Text + Audio + Video
      "The occurrence, or event, in our story takes place during the Civil War of the eighteen sixties between the American states of the north and the states of the south. A group of soldiers is hanging a southern farm owner for trying to stop northern military movements across the Owl Creek Bridge."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

    • The Boarded Window by Ambrose Bierce - Text + Audio + Video
      "A lonely old man lives in a log cabin alone. One window of the cabin has been boarded over for years.
      What is the mystery behind this strange window?
      Learn what happened the night the old man lost his wife in this classic American short story by Ambrose Bierce."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

      The Boarded Window by Ambrose Bierce - VIDEO with the text
      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

  • BURROUGHS Edgar Rice:

    • 'A Princess of Mars' by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Part One - Text + Audio + Video + Quiz
      "Today, we begin a new series from a book by American writer Edgar Rice Burroughs. The book is called “A Princess of Mars.”
      It is the first book in a series that Burroughs wrote about a man who travels to Mars and falls in love with a beautiful princess."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

      "A Princess of Mars," by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Part Two - Text + Audio + Video + Lesson plan (pdf)
      "This classic science fiction story by Edgar Rice Burroughs inspired many other writers.
      We hope you enjoy the second part of our four-part series. Last week, we met John Carter who begins the story.
      He enters a cave deep in the desert in the state of Arizona. There something happens..."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

      'A Princess of Mars,' by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Part Three - Text + Audio + Video
      "This is the third in our series of programs called “A Princess of Mars.” The story is from a series of books by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
      Last week we told how John Carter was captured by a group of warriors on the planet Mars.
      John Carter continutes to tell about what happens to him..."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

      'A Princess of Mars,' by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Part Four - Text + Audio + Video
      "This is the fourth in our series of programs called “A Princess of Mars.” The story is from a series of books by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
      Last week, we told how John Carter observed a fierce battle between the green Martians and a race of red, human-like creatures. Will he survive?"

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

  • BUTLER Ellis Parker:

    • 'Pigs Is Pigs' by Ellis Parker Butler - Text + Audio + Video
      "Mr. Morehouse wants to send two small guinea pigs to another town. They are pets.
      The problem is, the man at the shipping office wants to charge him a higher rate, for farm animals.
      How can this confusion be cleared up? Find out in this very funny episode of American Stories!"

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

      'Pigs is Pigs' by Ellis Parker Butler - Video with the text
      learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

  • CATHER Willa:

    • Paul's Case by Willa Cather, Part One - Text + Audio + Video + Quiz
      "WiIla Cather was a Pulitzer prize-winning American author.
      Her short story, 'Paul's Case,' tells about a young man who does not feel he belongs in his home town.
      He wants to leave his high school and enjoy the finer things in life."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

    • 'Paul's Case,' by Willa Cather, Part Two - Text + Audio + Video
      "Paul was a student with a lot of problems. He hated school.
      In the conclusion to the short story, Paul's Case, we learn about the fate of the young man who didn't like living in an industrial town.
      What happens when he runs away to New York City?"

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)



  • CHOPIN Kate:

    • 'A Pair of Silk Stockings' by Kate Chopin - Text + Audio + Video
      "What would you do with a little unexpected amount of money?
      Would you save it, spend it on necessities, or spend it on luxuries for yourself? That is the question that Mrs. Sommers faced one day.
      Read this classic American Story to find out how she spends what would be over $400 today."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

      'A Pair of Silk Stockings' by Kate Chopin - Video with the text
      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

 

 

  • IRVING Washington:

    • 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,' by Washington Irving - Text + Audio + Video
      "This classic American short story tells us about a schoolteacher named Ichabod Crane. He falls in love with a beautiful young woman,Katrina Van Tassel.
      But there is a problem, the heroic young man Brom Van Brunt. Who will win the affections of the lovely Miss Van Tassel?
      Read on to find out."
      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

      'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' by Washington Irving - Text + Audio + Video
      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

    • The Devil and Tom Walker by Washington Irving - Text + Audio + Video
      "In this classic American story, we learn about the hunt for a famous pirate's treasure and the greedy desire for wealth.
      One couple, Mr. and Mrs Tom Walker, learn the danger of making a deal with the devil.
      They want the treasure but learn there is a high price to pay."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

      The Devil and Tom Walker by Washington Irving - Video with the text
      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

 

 

  • MELVILLE Herman:

    • 'Benito Cereno,' by Herman Melville, Part One - Text + Audio + Video + Lesson plan + Quiz
      "This week we begin our version of a classic American Story by Herman Melville. It takes place on a sailing ship with a mystery.
      What happened to the sailors and the captain? Is it a mutiny? Or a revolt by enslaved people? Listen and read along to find out."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

  • O'BRIEN Fitz-James:

    • 'The Diamond Lens' by Fitz-James O'Brien, Part One - Text + Audio + Video
      "This story by a little-known American writer tells of a young man with a strong desire.
      He wants to learn how to use a microscope to see a tiny world.
      He tries to talk with a ghost to learn a secret from the inventor of the microscope.
      What will happen when he tries to build his own microscope?"

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

      The Diamond Lens by Fitz-James O'Brien
      - VIDEO
      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

      The Diamond Lens by Fitz-James O'Brien, Part Two - Text + Audio + Video
      "A man wants to build the perfect microscope, but he needs a large diamond. He finds someone who seems to have just what he needs.
      His friendship with the owner does not stop him from stealing it. Then he is amazed by the tiny world he sees in a drop of water.
      But why is he still unhappy?"

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

      The Diamond Lens by Fitz-James O'Brien Part 2 - Video with the text
      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

  • O.HENRY:


    • SEE O. Henry

    • A Municipal Report by O. Henry - Text + Audio + Video
      "O. Henry was a master of the short story. Some say this is his best short story. It was published in 1904.
      It tells of a mysterious woman writer who lives in Nashville, Tennessee. See if you can figure out the murder at the end of the story.
      Why does the storyteller throw away the yellow button?"

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

      A Municipal Report by O. Henry - Video with the text
      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

    • 'A Retrieved Reformation,' by O. Henry - Text + Audio + Video
      "If you do one bad thing in your life, are you a criminal? What if you do many bad things?
      Can you ever be good person once you become a criminal?
      Read about one man who wants to escape his past in this classic American short story, 'A Retrieved Reformation,' by O. Henry."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

      'A Retrieved Reformation,' by O. Henry - Text + Audio + Video
      "In the prison shoe-shop, Jimmy Valentine was busily at work making shoes. A prison officer came into the shop, and led Jimmy to the prison office. There Jimmy was given an important paper. It said that he was free."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)


    • 'After Twenty Years,' by O. Henry
      "Time changes many things. The people you were friends with when you were young may be very different now from the way they were when they were younger. Read about two friends whose lives took very different paths in this classic American short story, "After Twenty Years," by O. Henry."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)




    • 'From the Cabby's Seat,' by O. Henry - Text + Audio + Video
      "When all you care about is money, you might treat the people around you badly. Have you ever done something to a loved one that you immediately regret? Read about a man whose job causes him to treat everyone around him badly in this classic American short story, 'From the Cabby's Seat,' by O. Henry."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)





    • 'Hearts and Crosses,' by O. Henry, Part One - Text + Audio + Video
      "Relationships can be difficult. What happens when you have a problem with someone you love?
      Read about a husband and wife who both feel they are in control in Part One of this classic American Story, "Hearts and Crosses," by O. Henry."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

      'Hearts and Crosses' by O. Henry, Part One - Video
      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

      'Hearts and Crosses,' by O. Henry, Part Two - Text + Audio + Video
      "Relationships can be difficult. What happens when you have a problem with someone you love?
      Read about a husband and wife who both feel they are in control in Part Two of this classic American Story, "Hearts and Crosses," by O. Henry."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)




    • 'Mammon and the Archer' by O. Henry - Text + Audio
      "Can money buy everything? Read about it in this classic American story, "Mammon and the Archer" by O. Henry.
      A wealthy soapmaker tried to help his son find true love. They both learn how much love is worth."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

    • 'One Thousand Dollars', by O. Henry - Text + Audio + Video + Quiz
      ""One thousand dollars," said the lawyer Tolman, in a severe and serious voice. "And here is the money.” What can a person do with $1,000? Learn how one man spends the money he inherits in this classic story by O. Henry."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

    • 'The Caliph, Cupid and the Clock' by O. Henry - Text + Audio + Video
      "Often we can feel like there is not enough time in the world. Many people hurry through life and take little time to enjoy the world around them. Read about one man's belief that clocks are bad in this classic American Story, "The Caliph, Cupid and the Clock" by O. Henry."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

    • 'The Cop and the Anthem,' by O. Henry - Text + Audio + Video
      "Life can be difficult for people all over the world. Some people work hard to get everything they want or need.
      Other people are happy with what life gives them.
      Read about one man who hopes to get just enough to survive in this classic American short story, 'The Cop and the Anthem,' by O. Henry."

      + VIDEO
      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

      'The Cop and the Anthem,' by O. Henry - Text + Audio + Video
      (learningenglish.voanews.com)


    • 'The Count and the Wedding Guest' by O. Henry - Text + Audio + Video
      "People do many strange things when looking for love. Sometimes people do not always tell the truth.
      Read about a young man and woman who love each other but must be honest before they can marry in this classic American story, 'The Count and the Wedding Guest' by O. Henry."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

       



    • 'The Exact Science of Matrimony' by O.Henry - Text + Audio + Video
      "Our story today is called “The Exact Science of Matrimony.”
      It was written by O. Henry and tells about two dishonest men, Jeff Peters and Andy Tucker.
      One day, the two men decided to open a marriage business to make some quick and easy money."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

    • 'The Furnished Room,' by O. Henry - Text + Audio + Video
      "Love is a powerful emotion. It can make people do almost anything. But sometimes love is not enough to keep people together.
      Read about one man looking for his lost love in this classic American short story, 'The Furnished Room' by O. Henry."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

      'The Furnished Room' by O. Henry
      - VIDEO
      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

    • 'The Gift of the Magi' by O. Henry - Text + Audio + Video
      "This traditional American holiday story tells of a young couple trying to make their way in life.
      They struggle to find gifts for each other at Christmas time. What can they find to show their love for each other?
      Like other O. Henry stories, this one has a surprise ending."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

    • 'The Last Leaf', by O. Henry - Text + Audio + Video + Quiz
      "Many artists live in the Greenwich Village area of New York.
      Two young women named Sue and Johnsy shared a studio apartment at the top of a three-story building.
      When Johnsy is sick, her friends try to help her fight the disease. Learn how they did it in this classic story."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

      'The Last Leaf,' by O. Henry - Text + Audio + Video
      (learningenglish.voanews.com)



    • 'The Ransom of Red Chief' by O. Henry - VIDEO
      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

      'The Ransom of Red Chief,' by O. Henry - Text + Audio + Video
      "Two kidnappers plan to take the child of an important man in a small Southern town.
      The 10-year-old boy gives the kidnappers more trouble than they ever expected.
      Find out what happens when the boy's father asks for money to take him back."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

    • 'The Romance of a Busy Broker' by O. Henry - Text + Audio + Video
      "Life is often very busy. Sometimes you may not have enough time to do everything you want.
      Read about one man who forgets everything but work in this classic American story, 'The Romance of a Busy Broker,' by O. Henry."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

       



  • POE Edgar Allan:


  • PORTER Eleanor H.:

    • The Lady in Black by Eleanor H. Porter - Text + Audio + Video
      "Something is troubling the Lady in Black. She is very sad and nothing seems to be able to change the way she feels.
      Her family needs her but she is not taking care of them. What will it take to bring her back to them? Find out in this classic American story."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • The Lady in Black by Eleanor H. Porter - Video with the text
    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

     

  • STOCKTON Frank:

    • 'A Piece of Red Calico,' by Frank Stockton - Text + Audio + Video
      "Everyone who has tried to shop for someone else knows it is harder than shopping for oneself.
      In this story by 19th century writer Frank Stockton, one man finds that it might be impossible to get exactly what his wife wants.
      Read this to learn more about his department store adventures."


    • 'The Lady, or the Tiger?' by Frank R. Stockton - Text + Audio + Video
      "Long ago, in very olden times, there lived a powerful king. Some of his ideas were progressive. But others caused people to suffer.
      This story is a classic tale of a tough decision. Which door has the tiger behind it, and which door has the lady? We'll let you decide!"

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)



  • TALL TALE:

    • 'Paul Bunyan,' An American Folk Tale - Text + Audio + Video
      "Today we tell a traditional American story called a “tall tale.” A tall tale is a story about a person who is larger than life.
      The descriptions in the story are exaggerated – much greater than in real life.
      Here's a tall tale about Paul Bunyan, a hero of North America’s lumberjacks."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)



  • TWAIN Mark:

  • WEAVER Caty:

    • 'The Boy on Graves-End Road' by Caty Weaver - Text + Audio + Video
      "VOA Learning English is proud to present a story written by our own Caty Weaver.
      This story begins in a typical suburban American home, but the end is something really supernatural!
      Teachers and actors, see the script if you want to act out the story yourself on Halloween!"

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)
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