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Invisible Links

by Selma Lagerlof

Step into Scandinavia with this charming collection of tales from acclaimed Swedish author Selma Lagerlof. In terms of subject matter, the tales range from realistic portraits of rural family life to fanciful...


The Plattner Story: And Others

by H. G. Wells

Though Wells is best remembered as a trailblazer in the genre of science fiction, he worked masterfully in many genres, and often combined elements of several styles within the space of a single tale. The short...


Albert Savarus

by Honore de Balzac & Ellen Marriage

An extract from Honore de Balzac's vast story cycle The Human Comedy, the novel Albert Savarus details the dramatic twists and turns in a budding love affair between Albert, a young lawyer with literary ambitions,...


Poor Relations: Cousin Betty and Cousin Pons

by Honore de Balzac, James Waring & Ellen Marriage

This diptych is part of Honore de Balzac's epic masterpiece, The Human Comedy. It comprises two stories, "Cousin Betty" and "Cousin Pons," each of which delve deeply into complicated family dynamics and the...


In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories

by Robert Barr

Born in Scotland and raised in Canada, travel was a part of author Robert Barr's life from a very young age. His wanderlust continued throughout his life, and Barr passed many months on round-the-world sea voyages....


Taking Chances

by Clarence L. Cullen

If you're a gambling man (or woman), the fast-paced stories collected in Taking Chances will hit you like a jolt of adrenaline. Originally published in the New York Sun, these tales of triumphs and defeats at...


Adventures in the Moon: And Other Worlds

by John Russell

Originally published anonymously, this early volume of fantasy tales was later attributed to Lord John Russell (who later became the Earl of Russell). Ranging from extraterrestrial adventures to philosophical...


A Chair on the Boulevard

by Leonard Merrick

Early in his literary career, English writer Leonard Merrick gained a reputation as a serious writer who tackled tough social issues with unflinching realism. But in his later period, Merrick's style lightened...


Frivolous Cupid

by Anthony Hope

We can't always choose the object of our affections, and often, Cupid's arrow causes people to fall in love with the most unsuitable candidates. That's a theme that surfaces time and time again in the collection...


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...