Audio: Larry Hall reads his famous Christmas short story, ‘The Ledge’ (Bowdoin Magazine)

Lawrence Sargent Hall '36

An event in the waters off of Harpswell neck, not far from where English professor Lawrence Sargent Hall ’36 lived on Orr’s Island, inspires his O. Henry Award-winning short story, “The Ledge,” which is set on Christmas day.

Listen to Hall read “The Ledge,” recorded in 1959.


2 thoughts on “Audio: Larry Hall reads his famous Christmas short story, ‘The Ledge’ (Bowdoin Magazine)

  1. Paul Batista

    I read this story as a junior in high school. It, along with the fact that Longfellow and Hawthorne were graduates, made me want to attend the college. And in my freshman year Lawrence Hall was my teacher. He was a remarkable man: terse, plain-spoken, not a touchy feely kind of guy. He was engrossed in writing his only novel, Stowaway, and was not having fun with it. As I recall he lived on Orrs Island, had a beautiful wife, and like many writers of that era drank too much. But he did produce this remarkable story.

  2. David Lander

    He was an extraordinary teacher for our freshman English section where we studied Kafka, Dosteyevsky, Melville, Hemmingway and Hesse. He gave each of us a great deal of his wisdom mixed with a dark cynicism. Speaking of dark, i read The Ledge for the first time when it appeared in the best short stories of the twentieth century. Excellent and dark. I look forward to listening to the reading of the story but will wait until i am in the right mood.

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