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"A classic is classic not because it conforms to certain structural rules, or fits certain definitions (of which its author had quite probably never heard). It is classic because of a certain eternal and irrepressible freshness."
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Four prized selections, "The Open Boat," based on a harrowing incident in the author's life; "The Blue Hotel," "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky," and the novella "Maggie: A Girl of the Streets.
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