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Old July 27th, 2012, 04:45 AM   #31

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It was called "the Knock"

Written by Fredric Brown,who was a prominent pulp fiction and short story writer. His works are quite enterprising.
I know but the idea for the story wasn't originaly his.
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A woman is sitting alone in a house. She knows she is alone in the whole world: every other living thing is dead. The doorbell rings
The above was written by Thomas Bailey Aldrich in 1870.
I believe Fredric Brown wrote his version in 1948?. There have also been other, earlier versions by unknown authors.

You are of course correct tho, that the version quoted by beetle was the Knock by Fredric Brown.
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Old July 27th, 2012, 05:06 AM   #32

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The above was written by Thomas Bailey Aldrich in 1870.
I believe Fredric Brown wrote his version in 1948?. There have also been other, earlier versions by unknown authors.

You are of course correct tho, that the version quoted by beetle was the Knock by Fredric Brown.
Oh yes, I believe Brown's version was based upon Aldrich's anecdote. Actually I dont think that Brown's two lines were the entire story. I beleive it was it was a little longer, than is usually admitted.

Im a fan of Brown though, because he was very good with economy of words
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Paddyboy, Mangekyou, I very much appreciate the source(s) of that story, as I had no idea where it originated. One evening in the dead of night around Halloween I heard it told on the radio by a caller on a talk radio show. I presented it in the single sentence as the caller did. I think it has more effect if told aloud rather than read on paper. It often takes a second or two before the impact hits the listeners.

I tip my fedora to both of you for your knowledge of that little gem of a story. I would not have been able to answer Alciabiades' question, but you came to the rescue. And, thanks to you, now I know where the story came from!
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