Short stories by Whit Burnett

Whit Burnett (August 14, 1899 – April 22, 1973) was an American writer and writing teacher who founded and edited the literary magazine Story. In the 1940s, Story was an important magazine in that it published the first or early works of many writers who went on to become major authors. Not only did Burnett prove to be a valuable literary birddog for new talent, but Story remained a respectable though low-paying (typically $25 per story) alternative for stories rejected by the large-circulation slick magazines published on glossy paper like Collier's or The Saturday Evening Post or the somewhat more prestigious and literary slick magazines such as The New Yorker. While Story paid poorly compared to the slicks and even the pulps and successor digest-sized magazines of its day, it paid better than most of, and had similar cachet to, the university-based and the other independent "little magazines" of its era. Burnett and his first wife, Martha Foley, founded the magazine in Vienna, Austria in 1931. Showcasing short stories by new authors, 67 copies of the debut issue (April–May, 1931) were mimeographed in Vienna. Two years later, the couple moved to New York City, where they continued to publish the magazine. Burnett and Foley created The Story Press in 1936. In 1939, Harper & Bros. published his memoir The Literary Life and to Hell With It. In the Time Magazine review of the book, entitled "Funny Editor", the anonymous reviewer characterized Burnett as a humorist.

Listing 5 stories.

Two American friends escape their vacation in Paris to the French countryside, enjoying a day of fresh air until a Russian waiter and an Austrian remind them of the horrors of war.

A man reflects on a girl who was his neighbor and whom he was in love with when he was a young boy, and regrets never having the courage to pursue her.

After the first-born son of a family unknowingly passes the lethal Scarlet Fever to his younger brother, he lives with the guilt of his brother's tragic death throughout the rest of his adulthood.

A lonely, aging American man joins forces with a French street vendor to sell his goods as his own funds dwindle.

Two men who work for a newspaper in Paris escape the gloomy weather to take a fishing trip in the south of France.