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)
Photo: Stefan Klein, iStockPhoto.com
Marianne Huber says
I remembered this story from my childhood tonight while drinking a glass of good port. I searched for it online (without much hope), and found your beautiful and thoughtful interpretation! Thank you.
Greetings, Marianne! Your note made my day! The story was a delight to record, and I’m pleased that you enjoyed hearing it.
Thanks for stopping by the blog.