Short stories by Stephen Vincent Benét.
Stephen Vincent Benét/bɪˈneɪ/ (July 22, 1898 – March 13, 1943) was an American poet, short story writer, and novelist. He is best known for his book-length narrative poem of the American Civil War, John Brown's Body (1928), for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and for the short stories "The Devil and Daniel Webster" (1936) and "By the Waters of Babylon" (1937). In 2009, The Library of America selected his story "The King of the Cats" (1929) for inclusion in its two-century retrospective of American Fantastic Tales edited by Peter Straub.
Listing 5 stories.
A man recounts his life experience in New York, covering the various people near and dear to him, as well as the growth of the city itself.
When an ignorant farmer with a toothache seeks out the help of Paul Revere, he accidentally starts the American Revolution.
After the deaths of his parents, an enslaved man seeks the guidance of his elderly neighbor. She reveals his family history, and he discovers his undeniable yearning for freedom.
A boy runs away from an abusive household and a magical figure from a cautionary tale: the Fool-Killer. Fear of the Fool-Killer shapes his whole life as he tries his best to live honestly and un-foolishly.
A mysterious orchestra conductor who has grown a tail generates intrigue among members of New York's high society and captures the attention of a princess.