Classic Stories of the American West

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This collection features a selection of classic short stories and poems by legendary Western authors Stephen Crane, Bret Harte, and Jack London.

Stephen Crane

  • “The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky” read by William Windom
  • “The Black Riders” (poem) read by Stefan Rudnicki
  • “The Five White Mice” read by Arte Johnson
  • “The Blue Hotel” read by Stefan Rudnicki
  • “His New Mittens” read by Robert Forster
  • “A Newspaper…” (poem) read by Stefan Rudnicki
  • “The Little Regiment” read by Stephen Hoye

Bret Harte

  • “The Outcasts of Poker Flat” read by William Windom
  • “Mary’s Album” (poem) read by Stefan Rudnicki
  • “Brown of Calaveras” read by Stephen Hoye
  • “The Society upon the Stanislaw” (poem) read by Stefan Rudnicki
  • “Tennessee’s Partner” read by Robert Forster
  • “The Luck of Roaring Camp” read by Stefan Rudnicki
  • “The Pony Express” (poem) read by Stefan Rudnicki
  • “The Idyl of Red Gulch” read by Rex Linn
  • “Lines to a Portrait” (poem) read by Stefan Rudnicki
  • “How Santa Claus Came to Simpson’s Bar” read by William Windom

Jack London

  • “That Spot” read by Arte Johnson
  • “War” read by David Birney
  • “Moon-Face” read by William Windom
  • “To Build a Fire” read by Stefan Rudnicki

Author Biography

Stephen Crane (1871–1900) was an American novelist, poet, and journalist. He worked as a reporter of slum life in New York and a highly paid war correspondent for newspaper tycoons William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer. He wrote many works of fiction, poems, and accounts of war, all well received but none as acclaimed as his 1895 Civil War novel, The Red Badge of Courage. Today he is considered one of the most innovative American writers of the 1890s and one of the founders of literary realism.

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Reader Biography

Stephen Hoye has worked as a professional actor in London and Los Angeles for more than thirty years. Trained at Boston University and the Guildhall in London, he has acted in television series and six feature films and has appeared in London’s West End.

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