Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Tales: Lionizing and Shadow

(originally published May 1835 in Southern Literary Messenger)

A very short story about a nose expert.

(originally published anonymously in September 1835 in Southern Literary Messenger, later called "Shadow - A Parable")

This is a very short story about a group of Greeks gathered in a depressing room mourning a dead friend. Their anxious and despairing moods are sharply contrasted by their “hysterical” laughing and drinking. As their bizarre cheerfulness wears off, they become acutely aware of a sudden horrifying shadow looming, which seems to them to speak “in the well-remembered and familiar accents of many thousand departed friends”.

Summaries written by Taylor Colegrove, May 2011. Titles link to the full text of each story.

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