Monday, November 02, 2015

30 Stories to Remember, 1962

The lineup of authors in 30 Stories to Remember, the third anthology of stories, novelettes, and novels edited by Thomas B. Costain and John Beecroft, is quite remarkable. We have important contributions from Agatha Christie, John Buchan, George Bernard Shaw, Daphne du Maurier, William Faulkner, James Thurber, Rudyard Kipling, W. Somerset Maugham, Paul Gallico, and Arthur C. Clarke among several others. I have read many of the authors, including all of the above, though not the titles covered in this collection.

You can borrow the nearly 1,000-page ebook from Archive where it is currently on loan. Here is a complete list of the 30 stories.

01. The Split Second by Daphne du Maurier

02. The Theft of the Mona Lisa by Karl Decker

03. The Soldiers' Peaches by Stuart Cloete

04. A Night to Remember (from the book) by Walter Lord

05. Aerial Football: The New Game by George Bernard Shaw

06. Courtship of My Cousin Doone by Walter D. Edmonds

07. Hotel Room (from the namesake book) by Cornell Woolrich

08. Two Soldiers by William Faulkner

09. How We Kept Mother's Day by Stephen Leacock

10. The Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie 

11. The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

12. The Catbird Seat by James Thurber

13. Act One (from the namesake book) by Moss Hart

14. The Devil and Daniel Webster by Stephen Vincent Benét

15. Gigi by Colette

16. The Little Minister (from the namesake book) by James M. Barrie

17. The Alien Corn by W. Somerset Maugham

18. Profiles in Courage (from the namesake book) by John F. Kennedy

19. The Company of the Marjolaine by John Buchan

20. First Day Finish (from The friendly persuasion) by Jessamyn West

21. The Adventure of the Priory School by Arthur Conan Doyle

22. A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

23. Death and Professor Raikes by Alice Duer Miller

24. Leiningen versus the Ants by Carl Stephenson

25. Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris by Paul Gallico

26. They by Rudyard Kipling

27. Son of a Tinker by Maurice Walsh

28. History Lesson by Arthur C. Clarke

29. The Truth about the Flood (from The Bible as History) by Werner Keller

30. A Candle for St. Jude by Rumer Godden

The anthology follows Stories to Remember and More Stories to Remember, also edited by Costain and Beecroft.


  1. I've read a few of these but not many.

    1. Charles, I will be digging into a few of these stories as soon as I can borrow the ebook.

  2. Oh, this looks like a very impressive collection, Prashant! Such talented authors, and quite a variety, too. And what an interesting way to look at that year. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Margot, you're welcome. I haven't read many of the authors in that list though I have read most of the big names. "Variety" is what attracted me to this anthology.

  3. This looks great, Prashant. If I had not bought so many short story collections in the last year, I would go looking for this one. But I will definitely put it on the list. I like the variety in types of authors.

    1. Tracy, anthologies are a fine way to read a number of authors in one go, especially authors I have never read before.

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    1. Elgin, I couldn't agree more — a fine collection in various styles.

  5. Some really terrific stories Prashant, I really agree, though several of the authors are new to me - fascinating

    1. Thanks, Sergio! You can reserve it at though I don't know how long before it's your turn. I have never borrowed a book from an online library.

  6. I think Christie is the only one I've sampled. I'm hoping to read more from her in the future and also a bit of Faulkner. 1000 pages sounds daunting!

    1. Col, you can skip the novels and novellas and read only the short stories, particularly the ones by authors you haven't read.

  7. Thank you, Prashant, for including such a fine tip-of-the-hat for this book, one that I will seek out and devour. It looks great!

    1. R.T., thank you. I discovered the ebook while looking for something else. Thanks also for the link to your new blog.

  8. I know several of these stories and they are very good - bodes well for the rest! A great collection, thanks for pointing it up.

    1. Moira, you are welcome. I hope to read some of these stories, especially those by authors I have never read.