Series: The world's story tellers

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Stories by Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe1908
Stories by Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann by Ernst Hoffmann1908
Stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne by Nathaniel Hawthorne1908
Stories by Prosper Mérimée by Prosper Mérimée1908
Stories by Théophile Gautier by Théophile Gautier1908
Stories by Cervantes by Miguel de Cervantes1909
Stories by Chateaubriand by François-René de Chateaubriand1909
Stories by Honoré de Balzac by Honoré de Balzac1909
Stories by the essayists by Arthur Ransome1909
Stories by Daudet and Coppée by Alphonse Daudet1910
Stories by Gustave Flaubert by Gustave Flaubert1910

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"[In 1907, Arthur] Ransome was 'again worrying over the technique of narrative which I found at once so interesting and so difficult, and I had, I thought, an excuse for as much reading as I could persuade a publisher to pay for' (Autobiography, p. 118). While on a visit to his family in Edinburgh later that year, on impulse he called at the office of the publishers T.C. & E.C. Jack, with whom he had a slight acquaintance. He proposed to Edwin Jack a new series which would illustrate the art of storytelling, each volume to consist of stories selected and with a general introduction by Ransome. Jack liked the idea, and suggested the title The World's Story Tellers. It was agreed that Ransome would be the editor, that he would be responsible for finding translations where necessary, and that he would be paid extra for any he did himself. Furthermore, it was agreed that Ransome's introductions should be written so as to serve eventually as chapters in a history of story telling."

Wayne G. Hammond, Arthur Ransome : a bibliography, 2000, p. 166.

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