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Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich

by Stephen Leacock

Humorist Stephen Leacock was known for targeting the excesses of the aristocratic class in his lighthearted satire. This tendency is on full display in Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich, a series of stories...


Humorous Masterpieces from American Literature

by Various

Add some levity to your reading list with this compilation of some of the wittiest and most amusing humor writing from the American literary canon. Bringing together essays, vignettes and short stories from...


Tales of Mean Streets

by Arthur Morrison

This collection of short stories and vignettes brings to life the gritty coterie of outsiders who have populated the marginalized East End of London for hundreds of years. Rather than stooping to the caricatures...


Further Foolishness

by Stephen Leacock

If you find yourself in need of a laugh, this feather-light volume of humorous tales from Canadian writer Stephen Leacock should definitely fit the bill. His all-encompassing satirical lens focuses on targets...


Moonbeams From the Larger Lunacy

by Stephen Leacock

Dividing his time between academic pursuits and humor writing, Canadian author and scholar Stephen Leacock had a vivid, kinetic imagination. His playful mental prowess is on full display in the collection Moonbeams...


Winsome Winnie: And Other New Nonsense Novels

by Stephen Leacock

In the mood for uproarious satire? Check out Stephen Leacock's collection Winsome Winnie and Other New Nonsense Novels. Mercilessly skewering the overwrought melodramas that were popular around the turn of the...


Pandora

by Henry James

Many of Henry James' most acclaimed works of fiction are set at the intersection between European and American culture. The novella Pandora takes its tension from the differences between the Old World and the...


Blackfeet Indian Stories

by George Bird Grinnell

Long regarded as some of the most skilled bison hunters, the Blackfeet tribes' territory once covered large swaths of the areas now known as Alberta, Canada and the U.S. state of Montana. This fascinating collection...


Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town

by Stephen Leacock

Canadian political scientist and economist Stephen Leacock had an interesting side career as an immensely popular humor writer. In this engaging volume, he collects a series of charming sketches and vignettes...


The Stoneground Ghost Tales: Compiled from the Recollections of the Reverend Roland Batchel, the Vicar of the Parish

by E. G. Swain

Though a cleric by trade, E. G. Swain achieved his greatest acclaim via the publication of this chilling collection of ghost stories. Featuring a heavily autobiographical narrator, the eccentric but kindly Reverend...


Four Meetings

by Henry James

Sometimes, it's not the lingering relationships that stick in our memories, but rather the brief, fleeting encounters. In the brilliant short story "Four Meetings," literary master Henry James explores an intense...


Vrouw Grobelaar and Her Leading Cases: Seventeen Short Stories

by Perceval Gibbon

If you like your classic detective tales served with a heaping dose of local color and a cast of indelibly written characters, you'll love Vrouw Grobelaar and Her Leading Cases. This collection of seventeen...


From a Swedish Homestead

by Selma Lagerloef & Jessie Brochner

The first woman to win the Nobel Prize in literature, Swedish author Selma Lagerloef rejected the gritty realism that was emerging as a literary trend in the early twentieth century and instead infused her stories...


An International Episode

by Henry James

A number of Henry James' stories and novels focus on the clash of cultures between America and Europe, and the novella An International Episode tackles this issue head-on. A pair of British gentlemen cross paths...


The Hohenzollerns in America: With the Bolsheviks in Berlin and Other Impossibilities

by Stephen Leacock

Though formally trained as a political scientist, Canadian writer Stephen Leacock rose to fame and fortune on the strength of his satirical works of humor, which often skewered the pretensions of the well-to-do....


Fair Haven and Foul Strand

by August Strindberg

Over the course of his remarkably varied literary career, Swedish writer August Strindberg produced plays, poetry, novels, essays, and memoirs. In the short stories collected in Fair Haven and Foul Strand, Strindberg's...


Light for Little Ones

by Mary F. Waterbury

This series of short stories featuring a fun-loving but good-hearted boy named Frankie will provide guidance and inspiration to young believers. Pairing interesting situations with timeless lessons about the...


Married

by August Strindberg

Never one to shy away from incendiary topics or controversial stances, Swedish writer August Strindberg tackles a series of tough issues in the engaging short stories collected in Married. Strindberg's life-like...


The Madonna of the Future

by Henry James

American author Henry James often grappled with weighty topics in his work, and the story "The Madonna of the Future" -- longer than a typical short story, but shorter than a novella -- is no exception. Framed...


The Finer Grain

by Henry James

Written during his convalescence as James recovered from an illness, the stories collected in The Finer Grain embody the strengths of the author's late period. Though not quite as hauntingly complex as novels...