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An Echo of Antietam

by Edward Bellamy

Though the Civil War short story "An Echo of Antietam" marks a notable departure from the utopian fantasy that helped author Edward Bellamy rise to literary acclaim, it highlights similar themes of community...


With the Eyes Shut

by Edward Bellamy

Though originally published in the late nineteenth century, this remarkably prescient tale from famed author Edward Bellamy will resonate with today's readers. A man taking a long journey by train finds himself...


Sturdy and Strong: How George Andrews Made His Way, and Other Stories

by G. A. Henty

This collection highlights the best of British writer G. A. Henty's engaging style. Pairing the title novella, which is an inspiring rags-to-riches tale, with a solid collection of shorter stories, Sturdy and...


The Intoxicated Ghost: And Other Stories

by Arlo Bates

In this charming collection of short stories from American poet and journalist Arlo Bates, weighty subjects are addressed with lighthearted wit. In the title tale, a family finds itself on the brink of collapse...


A Book o' Nine Tales

by Arlo Bates

Looking for a sophisticated and entertaining collection of short stories to add to your must-read list? The unique volume A Book o' Nine Tales from American writer Arlo Bates will definitely fit the bill. This...


A Love Story Reversed

by Edward Bellamy

As the nineteenth century drew to a close and the twentieth century loomed ahead, many shifts were occurring in social modes and mores. American author Edward Bellamy perfectly encapsulates the tensions of that...


A Kidnapped Santa Claus

by L. Frank Baum

This charming short story from Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum is an entertaining addition to your holiday reading list. Santa's magical lair in the Laughing Valley is wonderful in every sense -- well, except...


The Fiend's Delight

by Ambrose Bierce

Known for his biting wit, American author and satirist Ambrose Bierce got his start in the literary world by publishing essays and articles in California-based periodicals. The Fiend's Delight brings together...


Russian Fairy Tales: A Choice Collection of Muscovite Folklore

by W. R. S. Ralston

For fans of folklore and mythology, this comprehensive volume offers the best of both worlds: an astute introduction to and overview of the common themes and motifs in Russian fairy tales, plus an eclectic collection...


My Robin

by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Fans of Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel The Secret Garden will relish this charming anecdote that further expands upon the robin that features in that book. In response to a reader's letter, Burnett reminisces...


A Second Home

by Honore de Balzac & Clara Bell

In this novella from Honore de Balzac, an impoverished mother and daughter slave away as embroiderers but are barely able to evade starvation. Finally, what seems to be a blessing enters into their lives --...


The Old Folks' Party

by Edward Bellamy

In this charming tale from American author Edward Bellamy, a group of young friends strikes upon a novel idea for a get-together: they decide to pretend it is 50 years in the future and adopt clothing, behaviors,...


The Booming of Acre Hill: And Other Reminiscences of Urban and Suburban Life

by John Kendrick Bangs

Over the course of his career, John Kendrick Bangs gained prominence as one of the most beloved humor writers of his era. In this charming collection of short stories, Bangs muses on the emergence of the suburban...


The Sea: Stories by English Authors

by Various

Set sail for some swashbuckling fun on the high seas with this volume of ripping good yarns, all penned by British writers and all dealing with some aspect of life at sea. Fans of nautical and maritime action-adventure...


The Red Inn

by Honore de Balzac & Katharine Prescott Wormeley

Like many of the short stories in Honore de Balzac's vast story cycle The Human Comedy, "The Red Inn" is a tale within a tale. After a pleasant dinner at the Red Inn, guests begin to swap anecdotes. German businessman...


Study of a Woman

by Honore de Balzac & Katharine Prescott Wormeley

Part of Balzac's masterpiece, the multi-volume story cycle The Human Comedy, the short story "Study of a Woman" focuses on Madame de Listomere, an uptight model of propriety, who finds herself being flirted...


Best Russian Short Stories

by Thomas Seltzer

For centuries, critics and fans alike have extolled the virtues of the Russian masters of fiction, with many ranking them among the foremost literary artists the world has ever produced. This volume collects...


Two Poets

by Honore de Balzac & Ellen Marriage

The novel Two Poets is part of the Lost Illusions trilogy, which is in turn part of the Scenes From Provincial Life section of Honore de Balzac's massive masterpiece The Human Comedy. Critics have singled out...


The Recruit

by Honore de Balzac & Katharine Prescott Wormeley

This gripping short story from master of French realism Honore de Balzac packs an emotional wallop and has a twist ending you won't be able to forget. The mother of a French soldier receives word that her son...


Unconscious Comedians

by Honore de Balzac & Katharine Prescott Wormeley

In this novella from Honore de Balzac, the skilled artisan Palafox Gazonal arrives in Paris to settle some important business and perhaps make a splash in the city's thriving art scene. However, Gazonal is used...