Short stories published in 1940

Listing 30 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.

A Black teenage boy in Illinois becomes obsessed with the idea of owning a gun–until he realizes that with the gun comes a level of adult responsibility he isn’t ready to assume.

A woman has desired to become a nun since she was young, and nothing deters her until she must choose between her dream and the love of her life.

A seventeen-year-old boy who just got released from reform school tries to prove to everybody that he is a good person. However, he can't control his bad nature.

A poor factory worker is convinced by a former co-worker to join the army for better opportunities. The only issue is that his wife wouldn't approve.

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 young boy who lives in the prairie is excited for the rare opportunity to go into town to see the fourth of July parade and celebrations. However, his day takes a turn for the worse when the family's car will not start.

A man tricks a salesman into chasing buried treasure in order to purchase a new machine he wants.

A farm’s hired craftsman kills an elderly man and is forced to find a new home, lest he draw the attention of the authorities. However, his employer has grown attached to the craftsman, and the craftsman has unfinished business to attend to.

Two strict Boy Scout scoutmasters decide to prank a third scoutmaster who is loved by the boys. In doing so, they put his authority with the boys into question.