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The public domain is a clause in copyright law allowing works which have been around for some time to be re-used and re-imagined without having to obtain permission from the copyright holder.  (It’s why there are so many versions of “A Christmas Carol.”)

No Extra Words is thrilled to use this clause to bring you two classic pieces of flash fiction.

“The Tradesman,” written ca. 1920 is a lesser-known story by 20th century literary great Franz Kafka.  It has amazing power to resonate with 21st century readers.

“I Won’t,” originally published in 1875 is a parable by 19th century children’s writer Juliana Horatia Ewing.  How is it similar to and different from the morality tales of its time?

Don’t forget!  We have an active Challenge to the Listeners going on right now.  Read the writing prompt and send your response in by Thursday, August 13 for your chance to be featured on Episode 9.