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Leslie Blank reveals her five favorite short stories!
Leslie Blank, our popular Short Stories teacher, names her five favorite short stories. Her Wednesday and Thursday classes are sold out, but we've added a third section on Tuesdays. Click here for more information
“Rags Martin Jones… and the Pr….ce of W…es” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s exuberant valentine to Jazz Age New York City written in his signature romantic style.
“Bright and Morning Star” by Richard Wright
Richard Wright at his angry best in a brutally realistic story about the love of a mother for her Communist-activist son in the violent, racist South of the 1930s.
“Red Wind” by Raymond Chandler
As the Santa Ana winds howl, “meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands’ necks” and Raymond Chandler’s hard-boiled shamus solves a murder case. No one has the done detective story with more style than Chandler.
“The Ledge” by Lawrence Sargent Hall
Lawrence Sargent Hall’s harrowing account of a fisherman and his son caught in a desperate situation. Read it once and it will haunt you always.
“Defender of the Faith” by Philip Roth.
Philip Roth tackles profound questions of religious and secular loyalty and identity.
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