Classic Short Stories



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Classic Short Stories is a TV series from the American Public Broadcasting System that produces adaptations of popular short stories. TV personality Bill Moyers hosts the two-hour show and provides a brief introduction of the story and a biography of the story's author before screening each feature. The season starts with Katherine Anne Porter's The Jilting of Granny Weatherall, a story about an elderly woman who recounts her entire life before dying, starring Geraldine Fitzgerald as Granny. Next up, Moyers presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Willa Cather, describing how she fought with her editor at McClure's Magazine to get him to publish her short story, Paul's Chase. Jerry Anderson plays the young and confused runaway teenager, Paul, in the story's adaptation. Other classic short stories presented on the show include Herman Melville's Bartleby the Scrivener, New Yorker magazine writer James Grover Thurber's classic, The Greatest Man In The World, and a Mark Twain short story about an "incorruptible" small town titled, The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg.