Many of the stories written in the 19th century contain language that sounds jarring to our 21st century ears. I enjoyed narrating this sweet and humorous story written by Henry Cuyler Bunner (1855-1896) in part because his words sound more contemporary. In this age where people meet on-line and break up by text message, The Love-Letters of Smith is a refreshing look at relationships in past times.
Mr. Smith’s letters gave me the key to his character’s voice. For instance, here’s one sample of his writing style:
A mishnery that sells Rum
is the menest of Gods crechers
I recorded this story for the LibriVox Short Story Collection, Volume 35. Download this short story (20Mb, time 21:48)
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