James Thurber: “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”

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“We’re going through!” The Commander’s voice was like thin ice breaking. He wore his full-dress uniform, with the heavily braided white cap pulled down rakishly over one cold gray eye. “We can’t make it, sir.

Louise Robinson-Lay‘s insight:

The original  sturdy from 1939.

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Ghost stories: why the Victorians were so spookily good at them

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Christmas Eve was traditionally the time to tell scary stories round the hearth. And 19th-century writers proved fearsomely adept, writes Kira Cochrane

Louise Robinson-Lay‘s insight:

Why we read ( and tell) ghost stories at Christmas. The Victorians  popularised the Christmas Ghost story.

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Top Ten Short Stories

This blog is a fantastic resource for English teachers. Inspiring!

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The 2012 Edgar Awards were announced recently and Neil Gaiman is nominated for a short story in the anthology A Study in Sherlock.  As a great enthusiast of what I call Sherlock Holmes legacy fiction, it immediately went on my public library hold list.  Curiosity about the state of anthology publication led to re-reading of old favorites and thoughts about new forms of short story collections.

I have always loved reading short stories, especially in my youth.  Fascinating, eerie, funny, – there was always a story to be discovered or relished in the re-read.  Collections with contributions from multiple authors were my favorite grab for going on a long or short car trip.  They could be read quickly and the swift punches of the plot evolution kept me going back for more.  Masters of the twist ending, wry humor, and perspectives on the ironies of life, short story writers were…

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