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Selected Shorts: American Classics


Selected Shorts: American Classics


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  • A compilation of classic tales by great American writers performed by terrific actors, with a lineup including Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award winners, and PEN Award winners.


    Amy Tan's
    Rules of the Game
    performed by Freda Foh Shen
    A strict Chinese mother bedevils her chess prodigy daughter

    Donald Barthelme's
    performed by David Strathairn
    Playing cosmic chicken in a nuclear bunker

    Eudora Welty's
    Why I Live at the P.O.
    performed by Stockard Channing
    Hilarious story of an independent young woman striking out on her own

    Edgar Allan Poe's
    The Black Cat
    performed by René Auberjonois
    Terrifyingly delicious Poe’s masterpiece

    Joyce Carol Oates'
    Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?
    performed by Christine Baranski
    Sly, creepy tale of a teenage girl’s seduction by a dangerous drifter

    John Sayles'
    At the Anarchists’ Convention
    performed by Jerry Stiller
    laugh-out-loud classic

    Alice Walker's
    Everyday Use
    performed by Carmen de Lavallade
    Siblings disagree about a precious piece of their family heritage

    John Cheever's
    Christmas is a Sad Season for the Poor
    performed by Malachy McCourt
    A high-rise elevator operator is overwhelmed by his riders’ holiday generosity

  • ISBN-13: 978-1934033128

    Format: CD

    Publisher: Symphony Space