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I am looking for a published anthology of short stories. It is a book that I had in school many years ago, but I can only remember the cover. It

I am looking for a published anthology of short stories. It is a book that I had in school many years ago, but I can only remember the cover. It has a pink background and an abstract picture of a man with a hat, wearing a long shirt and pants holding a cane. He is on ground and there are a couple of mushrooms. It is a very plain cover. I remember the people who published the book also had different versions, each had an abstract cover.
I do remember a couple of the stories that came from the books, but the stories I list may not all be from the same book. I definitely remember "Thank You Ma'am" by Langston Hughes. I also remember "All Summer in a Day" by Ray Bradbury. There was also a story about a lonely man who is sitting on a bench one night and meets a mole. That story had really vivid imagery. I understand that there is a very large lack of information, but I have been searching short story collections for a while. I also know that it is very unlikely that you may have an answer, so thank you for your time and sorry for the very long question.
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Thanks for your question! As you suspected, I don't have an answer yet, but we can keep trying. I checked cover art on a few generations of Norton anthologies of short fiction, poked around Amazon and Goodreads without anything definitive. If you don't mind my asking, in what decade should I concentrate my search? From the description of the cover I'm assuming the mid-1970s, but especially for collections that have been published in multiple editions knowing when to search is almost as important as our search keywords. 

As I'm sure you've found in your searching, we're almost victims of the quality of the stories - it's rarer to find an American short story collection that doesn't have All Summer in a Day and Thank You, Ma'am! But I'll keep an eye out. Feel free to follow up here or call 402-444-4800 with additional questions. 

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