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The Prince

by Niccolo Machiavelli

"The Prince" (Italian: "Il Principe") is a 16th-century political treatise by the Italian diplomat and political theorist Niccolò Machiavelli. From correspondence a version appears to have been distributed...


Nancy Dale, Army Nurse

by Ruby Lorraine Radford

Nancy stood on the steps of the train and waved at a misty-eyed couple, a man and woman of middle years. Strange how she could be so close to tears, yet so buoyantly happy all in the same moment. The train began...


Masterpieces of the English Short Novel: Nine Complete Short Novels

by Kenneth H. Brown

These nine novels are the best of the best—great writing by some of the most brilliant literary minds of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Samuel Johnson’s biography of Richard Savage raises the life...


The Portrait of Mr. W. H.

by Oscar Wilde

For centuries the mystery of the identity of Mr. W. H., the dedicatee of William Shakespeare’s sonnets has confounded literary historians. Consumed with solving the mystery, Erskine comes to believe any evidence...


The Remarkable Rocket

by Oscar Wilde

Consumed with self-importance, a rocket misses his chance for greatness at the wedding of a prince and princess. When he is found by two boys, he feels again his chance at greatness, only to have his final explosion...


The Devoted Friend

by Oscar Wilde

A selfish miller proves to be the downfall of his devoted friend and gardener, Hans, even as he benefits from the fruits of Hans’s labour.

Victorian author Oscar Wilde is known both as a playwright and prose...


The Selfish Giant

by Oscar Wilde

A selfish giant reforms his ways when the laughter of children brings the beauty of spring to his garden.

Victorian author Oscar Wilde is known both as a playwright and prose author. Among his most famous works...


The Nightingale and the Rose

by Oscar Wilde

A nightingale selflessly sacrifices herself to help a young student win the love of his professor’s daughter, but both the professor’s daughter and the young student prove unworthy of her sacrifice.

Victorian...


The Happy Prince

by Oscar Wilde

In a town full of suffering, a swallow and a statue of the “Happy Prince” set out to ease the lives of the townspeople.

Victorian author Oscar Wilde is known both as a playwright and prose author. Among his...


The Star-Child

by Oscar Wilde

Abandoned as an infant and raised by a poor woodcutter, The Star-Child grows up to be vain and cruel. But when he rejects a beggar who is revealed to be his mother, The Star-Child is punished, and sets out to...


The Fisherman and His Soul

by Oscar Wilde

A young fisherman’s life is irrevocably changed when he severs his soul in order to live underwater with his love, a beautiful mermaid.

Victorian author Oscar Wilde is known both as a playwright and prose author....


The Birthday of the Infanta

by Oscar Wilde

The world is revealed as a cruel place when the Infanta of Spain is gifted a hunchbacked child for entertainment on her twelfth birthday.

Victorian author Oscar Wilde is known both as a playwright and prose author....


The Young King

by Oscar Wilde

When an illegitimate shepherd is revealed as the only heir to a unnamed country, the truth of the young boy’s coronation regalia is revealed to him through three nightmares. With this in mind, the new king...


The Model Millionaire

by Oscar Wilde

The generosity of man is revealed when a poor man gives his last coin to a beggar, only to learn that the beggar is in fact a rich baron in disguise.

Victorian author Oscar Wilde is known both as a playwright...


The Sphinx without a Secret

by Oscar Wilde

In love with a mysterious woman, Lord Murchison one day follows her in order to learn her secrets. But when, after the lady’s death, her secret is revealed, Murchison is left to ponder its meaning.

Victorian...


The Canterville Ghost

by Oscar Wilde

When an American family purchase a haunted manor called Canterville Chase, the young daughter takes pity on the erstwhile ghost and endeavours to release him from his haunting.

Victorian author Oscar Wilde is...


Lord Arthur Savile's Crime

by Oscar Wilde

When a palm-reader reveals that Lord Arthur Savile’s destiny is to be a murderer, Lord Arthur sets out to commit the crime so that he might marry without impediment. But was murder truly Lord Arthur’s destiny...


The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories

by Washington Irving

One of America’s most beloved authors, Washington Irving penned some of the most popular and enduring tales of fiction. From Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman to Rip Van Winkle’s prolonged nap, The...


Night and Day

by Virginia Woolf

Katharine Hilbery and Mary Dachet are two young women of marriageable age, and although both have prospects, they also have other areas of interest—Katharine is passionate about her intellectual pursuits and...


Outlaws of the Brasada: A Western Duo

by Les Savage

A Civil War veteran and widower struggles to keep his children alive in a pair of classic Western tales.

Things looked dark for Emery Bandine when he returned to Spanish Crossing from fighting in the Civil War....