The first story in this bundle is Fishin’ Jimmy by Annie Trumbull Slosson, who was a nineteenth-century American author and entomologist. Daughter of a merchant and local politician, she had nine siblings, of which seven survived into adulthood. Slosson is considered a significant author in the “local color”, or regionalism movement of the late 19th century. She died in 1926 in New York City, U.S.A.
Her work Fishin’ Jimmy was first published in 1889 and is described as religious and sentimental. It’s the story of Jimmy who wishes to spread the gospels and feels that people would hear their call if only they understood them in terms of fishing.
The second piece is Where Love Is, God Is (sometimes known as Where Love Is, There God Is Also or Martin the Cobbler), a short story by Russian author Leo Tolstoy. It was written in 1885 and the title references the Catholic hymn Ubi Caritas.
Count Tolstoy was a nineteenth-century Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. Born to an aristocratic Russian family in 1828, he is best known for the novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877), often cited as pinnacles of realist fiction.
The last story in this volume is The Mansion by Henry Jackson van Dyke Jr., who was a nineteenth-century American author, educator and clergyman. He served as a professor of English literature at Princeton between 1899 and 1923. Van Dyke wrote works with religious themes.
The Mansion is described by GoodReads as:
“There was an air of calm and reserved opulence about the Weightman mansion that spoke not of money squandered, but of wealth prudently applied. Standing on a comer of the Avenue no longer fashionable for residence, it looked upon the swelling tide of business with an expression of complacency and half-disdain.”
Van Dyke’s Christmas story about a mansion that speaks “not of money squandered but of wealth prudently applied”
If you prefer to listen to this story, a reading of the text can be found on YouTube here.
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These stories were sourced from Project Gutenberg, the volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works:
Fishin’ Jimmy by Annie Trumbull Slosson
The Mansion by Henry Van Dyke
Where Love is There God is Also by Leo Tolstoy
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