A glance at the table of contents shows that most of these writers are long forgotten. The one story that stands out the most might be "The Lost Phoebe" by Theodore Dreiser. About a decade and a half earlier, Dreiser had a hard time publishing Sister Carrie, now recognized as his greatest work. "The Lost Phoebe" originally met with similar difficulty; it was rejected several times over four years before it was finally published in The Century Magazine in 1916.
Old Henry and his wife Phoebe were as fond of each other as it is possible for two old people to be who have nothing else in this life to be fond of. He was a thin old man, seventy when she died, a queer, crotchety person with coarse gray-black hair and beard, quite straggly and unkempt. He looked at you out of dull, fishy, watery eyes that had deep brown crow's-feet at the sides.
In his short analysis of the story, O'Brien concludes that "The Lost Phoebe" is one of the top three stories published that year, "despite serious faults of style and a certain wilful verbosity." He compares it to the work of Nathaniel Hawthorne, noting the two authors' "plaintive singing quality, a dull richness of background, and a sharply delineated portraiture, which by a reiterative monotony conveys a poignant effect of tragic futility."