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The Dolly Dialogues

by Anthony Hope

In the character of Dolly Foster, British writer Anthony Hope has created an unforgettable embodiment of the turbulent end of the Victorian era. Constrained by old-fashioned conventions but bursting with newfangled...


Comedies of Courtship

by Anthony Hope

Though best remembered as a writer of pulse-pounding action-adventure novels, British author Anthony Hope's literary talent was wide-ranging. In the collection Comedies of Courtship, Hope tries his hand at the...


Sport Royal: And Other Stories

by Anthony Hope

With tales that run the gamut from not-so-successful run-ins with the aristocracy to potentially devastating runs on financial institutions, this collection of charming short stories from British author Anthony...


A Russian Proprietor: And Other Stories

by Leo Tolstoy & Nathan Haskell Dole

Today, Leo Tolstoy is best remembered for his masterpieces War and Peace and Anna Karenina, both epic, sweeping works that unfold on a grand scale. But Tolstoy also dabbled in short-form fiction, and the results...


The Death of the Lion

by Henry James

In the almost-novella-length short story "The Death of the Lion," literary giant Henry James pokes sardonic fun at the vagaries of literary fame. The author at the center of the tale, one Neil Paraday, is gushingly...


Embarrassments

by Henry James

Though American literary master Henry James was an ardent proponent of realistic story elements that readers could relate to, many of his works also deal with the question of perception and how our senses and...


Eugene Pickering

by Henry James

One of Henry James' specialties is the longish short story that delves into philosophical questions via detailed character studies, and "Eugene Pickering" is a perfect example of this. In it, James compares...


Hauntings

by Vernon Lee

Though she initially rose to acclaim with the publication of a series of critical works focusing on the Italian Renaissance, Violet Paget (who wrote under the pen name Vernon Lee) later turned to fiction as...


Average Jones

by Samuel Hopkins Adams

What should a brilliant, independently wealthy young man with a predilection for solving problems do with his life? Adrian "Average" Jones decides to help people by going into business as an "Ad-Visor," a specialist...


An African Millionaire: Episodes in the Life of the Illustrious Colonel Clay

by Grant Allen

South African businessman Sir Charles Vandrift rose to the pinnacle of his field through his keen instincts and superb acumen -- but the roguish swindler Colonel Clay (Vandrift's longtime nemesis) is just smart...


Strange Stories

by Grant Allen

A scientist and scholar by trade, Grant Allen was a prodigious writer who dabbled in many different genres over the course of his career, playing a significant role in the development of both detective fiction...


Hilda Wade: A Woman with Tenacity of Purpose

by Grant Allen

Canadian-born author Grant Allen held progressive views about women and their role in society. In order to bring more awareness to the issue, he penned numerous novels featuring strong female protagonists. Hilda...


The Beckoning Hand and Other Stories

by Grant Allen

Though his first focus as a writer was scientific nonfiction, Grant Allen soon expanded into other genres and was met with resounding success. This collection of suspense, mystery, and horror tales offers a...


Raffles: Further Adventures of the Amateur Cracksman

by E. W. Hornung

E. W. Hornung struck literary gold with his unforgettable creation A. J. Raffles, a gentleman thief whose capers and heists are carried out according to a strict (though skewed) moral code and with enviable...


The Crime Doctor

by E. W. Hornung

Author E. W. Hornung is perhaps best remembered for creating the unforgettably raffish criminal mastermind, Raffles. In the novel The Crime Doctor, Hornung flips the script and takes a hard look at crime from...


Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives: Stories

by Brad Watson

"Watson's talent is singular, truly awesome; [his stories] are infused with an uncanny beauty."—A. M. Homes In this, his first collection of stories since his celebrated, award-winning Last Days of the Dog-Men...


Forty Stories

by Anton Chekhov & Robert Payne

If any writer can be said to have invented the modern short story, it is Anton Chekhov. It is not just that Chekhov democratized this art form; more than that, he changed the thrust of short fiction from relating...


The Cubs and Other Stories

by Mario Vargas Llosa

The Cubs and Other Stories is Mario Vargas Llosa’s only volume of short fiction available in English. Vargas Llosa’s domain is the Peru of male youth and machismo, where life’s dramas play themselves out...


Karma: A Penguin eSpecial from Riverhead HC

by Walter Mosley

When Walter Mosley published the first Leonid McGill novel, The Long Fall-the acclaimed New York Times bestseller that is now being developed as a series for HBO-it was clear that this new hero was a man with...


Volt

by Alan Heathcock

A blistering collection of stories from an exhilarating new voice

One man kills another after neither will move his pickup truck from the road. A female sheriff in a flooded town attempts to cover up a murder....