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Welcome to 1001 Classic Short Stories and Tales Audio Podcast!  This is a hand-picked collection of favorites from writers like Jack London, Louisa May Alcott, Hans Christian Anderson, Edgar Allen Poe, Rudyard Kipling, and many more. I narrate the stories and often add background music and sound effects to bring the stories to life. These are suitable for the entire family, enjoyed by all ages and levels of literary experience, and often make great discussion starters for students who are just getting exposed to literature. 

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Jon Hagadorn/1001 Stories Podcast Network

 

Jan 24, 2016

This 1865 short story was Mark Twain's (real name Samuel Clemens) first success, and brought him national acclaim.  In it, the narrator retells a story he heard from a bartender named Simon Wheeler at the Angels Hotel in Angel's Camp, California, a dilapidated gold mining camp, the likes of which were common as a result of the gold rush in California which began in the 1840's.  The gold mining camps were full of characters and stories, and provided the perfect setting for young writers like Mark Twain, Jack London, and Bret Harte, whose stories we will cover in future episodes. The story that Simon Wheeler tells the narrator describes the actions of a gambler in the camp named Jim Smiley, who would bet on anything, usually winning his bets by arranging the odds in his favor using clever methods to lure and then beat his opponents.  Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in 1876 and The Adventures of Huck Finn in 1885, both terrific stories for all ages. Footnote: Twain was born shortly after a visit by Haley's Comet, and he predicted that he would "go out with it, too". He died the day after the comet returned. Join our sister show at iTunes: search 1001 Heroes, Legends, Histories & Mysteries