Maarten Maartens (1858-1915), the pseudonym of Dutch author Jozua Marius Willem van der Poorten Schwartz, who wrote in English, received honorary degrees for his work from Aberdeen University in 1905 and Western Pennsylvania University-now Pitt University-in 1907. President Theodore Roosevelt received him and his daughter Ada at the White House for a private discussion at that time. In this second book, His Best Short Stories, John Schwartz summarizes Maarten Maarten's four volumes of short story collections, published between 1889 and 1912, using much of Maartens' own writing to give today's readers a chance to savor his exceptional writing skills. In 1914, Ezzard Nidden, a British critic, made the following remark: "Since Tolstoy died, only one great epic writer is left to us-Maarten Maartens." And critic Hoyt said that "Every thinker should have on his shelves Goethe, Schiller, Maartens." In his monumental "History of English Literature," Dr. Anton Lohr ranks Maartens among the highest: "His works stand alone in the English Literature of the day. But this great writer belongs to the literature of Europe."