Short Stories From Life

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Life Magazine held a short story contest. Stories must be no more than 1500 words. Authors were paid for the number of words under that maximum. The shortest story accepted, and the one where the author received the highest payout, came in at 76 words. The stories published here where considered the best of the over 30,000 submissions. This volume presents the 81 best stories including the prize winning stories: (First Prize) Thicker Than Water by Ralph Henry Barbour and George Randolph Osborne, (Second Prize) The Answer by Harry Stillwell Edwards, and (Third Prize - tie) Her Memory by Dwight M. Wiley and Business and Ethics by Redfield Ingalls. - Summary taken from the Preface (8 hr 34 min)


Introduction By Thomas L. Masson 12:17 Read by Yoganandh T
N. B. By Joseph Hall 4:42 Read by Sonia
The Clearest Call By Brevard Mays Connor 5:50 Read by Yoganandh T
Greater Love Hath No Man By Selwyn Grattan 1:04 Read by docdlmartin
The Gretchen Plan By William Johnston 4:45 Read by Winnifred Assmann
The Glory of War By M. B. Levick 8:24 Read by docdlmartin
The Aviator By Hornell Hart 4:46 Read by docdlmartin
Loyalty By Clarence Herbert New 8:14 Read by docdlmartin
Moses Comes to Burning Bush By W. T. Larned 6:31 Read by docdlmartin
Business and Ethics By Redfield Ingalls (Third Prize Divided) 6:03 Read by Winnifred Assmann
North of Fifty-three By Mary Woodbury Caswell 7:02 Read by Sonia
The Old Things By Jessie Anderson Chase 8:28 Read by Amruth
The Forced March By Hornell Hart 6:28 Read by Amruth
Approximating the Ultimate with Aunt Sarah By Charles Earl Gaymon 5:09 Read by Yoganandh T
The Horse Heaver By Lyman Bryson 5:39 Read by Yoganandh T
The Ego of the Metropolis By Thomas T. Hoyne 7:50 Read by Sarah Angelici
The Gay Deceiver By Howard P. Stephenson 3:10 Read by Yoganandh T
In Cold Blood By Joseph Hall 5:18 Read by Maria Thompson
Housework—and the Man By Freeman Tilden 5:05 Read by redrun
Her Memory By Dwight M. Wiley (Third Prize Divided) 5:23 Read by Nathali Carrera
His Journey’s End By Ruth Sterry 3:57 Read by Sarah Angelici
Food for Thought By Harriet Lummis Smith 10:55 Read by docdlmartin
Hope By Edward Thomas Noonan 2:24 Read by Laurie Banza
Collusion By Lincoln Steffens 6:13 Read by docdlmartin
Faithful to the End By Clair W. Perry 8:58 Read by Greg Giordano
Arletta By Margaret Ade 4:31 Read by Sonia
Which? By Joseph Hall 1:29 Read by CPaine
What the Vandals Leave By Herbert Riley Howe 1:20 Read by Richard Stibbard
Ben. T. Allen, Atty., vs. Himself By William H. Hamby 6:47 Read by Greg Giordano
The Joke on Preston By Lewis Allen 6:02 Read by Gillian Hendrie
The Idyl By Joseph F. Whelan 4:34 Read by Richard Stibbard
Withheld By Ella B. Argo 3:35 Read by CPaine
Up and Down By Bertha Lowry Gwynne 7:15 Read by Gillian Hendrie
The Answer By Harry Stillwell Edwards (Second Prize) 7:10 Read by Laurie Banza
Patches By Francis E. Norris 4:13 Read by Laurie Banza
The Arm at Gravelotte By William Almon Wolff 6:35 Read by docdlmartin
The Bad Man By Harry C. Goodwin 5:31 Read by Amruth
Nemesis By Mary Clark 8:04 Read by Amruth
The Black Door By Gordon Seagrove 3:52 Read by Sonia
The Man Who Told By John Cutler 2:42 Read by Laurie Banza
The Unanswered Call By Thomas T. Hayne 9:00 Read by Greg Giordano
The Women in the Case By Mary Sams Cooke 5:50 Read by Leah Emery
The Cat That Came Back By Virginia West 7:38 Read by Winnifred Assmann
''Solitaire'' Bill By Arthur Felix McEachern 9:02 Read by docdlmartin
Just a Pal By Elsie D. Knisely 2:03 Read by Laurie Banza
When ''Kultur'' Was Beaten By Lieutenant X 6:32 Read by Richard Stibbard
Presumption of Innocence By Lyman Bryson 5:53 Read by Adyn Garcia
A Mexican Vivandière By H. C. Washburn 10:16 Read by docdlmartin
Mother’s Birthday Present By Carrie Seever 7:15 Read by Henneh Udtuhan
Red Blood or Blue By E. Montgomery 5:20 Read by Nicole Maholy
Impulsive Mr. Jiggs By Roger Brown 5:27 Read by nighthawks
Tomaso and Me By Graham Clark 10:03 Read by Greg Giordano
Thicker Than Water By Ralph Henry Barbour and George Randolph Osborne (First P… 5:03 Read by Greg Giordano
The Old Grove Crossing By Albert H. Coggins 13:26 Read by Marreran
Lost and Found By John Kendrick Bangs 5:08 Read by Marreran
You Never Can Tell By ''B. MacArthur'' 10:06 Read by Marreran
The Escape By A. Leslie Goodwin 2:11 Read by Greg Giordano
Two Letters, a Telegram, and a Finale By H. S. Haskins 8:40 Read by Greg Giordano
The Intruder By Reginald Barlow 4:02 Read by docdlmartin
Molten Metal By Hornell Hart 4:25 Read by Sonia
The Winner’s Loss By Elliott Flower 4:00 Read by Laurie Banza
The Recoil of the Gun By Marian Parker 2:30 Read by Grai
''Man May Love'' By Robert Sharp 9:03 Read by Allison B
One Way—and Another By Noble May 7:29 Read by redrun
The Black Patch By Randolph Hartley 7:11 Read by Claudia Caldi
A Shipboard Romance By Lewis Allen 3:32 Read by docdlmartin
The Coward By Philip Francis Cook 4:27 Read by Nicole Maholy
The Heart of a Burglar By Jane Dahl 10:39 Read by BookBard
The Reward By Herbert Heron 6:18 Read by Grai
The First Girl By Louise Pond Jewell 9:22 Read by docdlmartin
A Sophistry of Art By Eugene Smith 10:42 Read by docdlmartin
The Message in the Air By B. R. Stevens 6:07 Read by docdlmartin
In a Garden By Catherine Runscomb 11:07 Read by dc
A Clever Catch By Lloyd F. Loux 2:24 Read by Tammy Leon
Strictly Business By Lincoln Steffens 6:43 Read by Rob E. Brown
The Advent of the Majority By Stella Wynne Herron 6:16 Read by Greg Giordano
The Night Nurse By Will S. Gidley 5:41 Read by docdlmartin
Why the Trench Was Lost By Charles F. Pietsch 5:41 Read by nighthawks
The King of the Pledgers By H. R. R. Hertzberg 9:30 Read by docdlmartin
A Po-lice-man By Lincoln Steffens 7:29 Read by redrun
The Quest of the V. C. By A. Byers Fletcher 9:19 Read by docdlmartin
Somewhere in Belgium By Percy Godfrey Savage 3:21 Read by Alan Mapstone