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Tales of Chinatown

by Sax Rohmer

If you're in the mood for a collection of engaging and well-wrought detective and mystery stories with a stout dose of local color thrown in, Tales of Chinatown from British author Sax Rohmer, the creator of...

The Queen of Spades

by Alexander Pushkin & H. Twitchell

Renowned Russian author Alexander Pushkin has gained acclaim as one of the most skilled and accomplished literary figures of his generation. Short stories were Pushkin's specialty, and "The Queen of Spades"...

Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street

by Herman Melville

Regarded as one of the greatest novellas ever written, Melville's "Bartleby, the Scrivener" follows a nondescript law clerk, Bartleby, who takes a stand against the tyranny of modern life and makes an art form...


by W. Somerset Maugham

This collection of short stories is sure to please fans of the eminently talented British author W. Somerset Maugham. With details drawn from Maugham's first extended period of living abroad, the stories offer...

The Trembling of a Leaf: Little Stories of the South Sea Islands

by W. Somerset Maugham

Literary fiction fans will delight in this exquisitely wrought collection of stories from W. Somerset Maugham, a writer many critics regard as one of the most significant artists of the twentieth century. Most...

The Figure in the Carpet

by Henry James

Like many of Henry James' short stories, "The Figure in the Carpet" revolves around an artist whose body of work hides a deeper meaning and several other characters who bear the heavy burden of a momentous secret....

The Real Thing

by Henry James

This perfectly wrought little tale of a painter struggling with his muse brings together a number of the most important themes that renowned American writer Henry James returned to again and again in his work...

The House in the Mist: And the Ruby and the Caldron

by Anna Katherine Green

Settle in for a creepy read from the remarkable mind of expert mystery writer Anna Katherine Green. In "The House in the Mist," a road-weary traveler happens upon a beautiful house in the woods and, thinking...

X Y Z: A Detective Story

by Anna Katherine Green

Looking for a satisfying, meticulously plotted mystery with which to while away an afternoon? Look no further than "X Y Z," a short story from one of the most influential early writers in the genre, Anna Katherine...

The Beast in the Jungle

by Henry James

Regarded as one of Henry James' finest works, the short story "The Beast in the Jungle" centers around protagonist John Marcher and his seemingly bizarre phobia -- a pervasive sense of doom that prevents him...

Youth: A Narrative

by Joseph Conrad

Polish-born writer Joseph Conrad's novels and short stories usually involve grizzled sailors past their prime battling their inner demons. The story "Youth: A Narrative" represents something of a departure from...

The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax

by Arthur Conan Doyle

This ingeniously plotted whodunit from detective fiction master Arthur Conan Doyle will leave you hanging on the edge of your seat. In a departure from form, Conan Doyle puts Dr. Watson into the driver's seat...

The Wife: And Other Short Stories

by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov & Constance Garnett

Fans of short fiction will love this collection from Anton Chekhov, the Russian author and physician whom many critics regard as one of the masters of the short story. The pieces brought together in this volume...

The Girl With the Golden Eyes

by Honore de Balzac & Ellen Marriage

Settle in for a titillating tale of illicit passion, romantic entanglement, and murder. Honore de Balzac's novella The Girl With the Golden Eyes highlights the French writer's skillful ability to convey truths...

Cambridge Pieces

by Samuel Butler

One of the leading critics and intellectuals of the Victorian era, Samuel Butler produced literary works in a wide range of genres, ranging from translations of ancient Greek texts to critical essays. This collection...

The Best British Short Stories of 1922

by Various, Edward J. O'Brien & John Cournos

The early twentieth century was a period of sweeping change in Western literature, culture, and art. As the conventions of the Victorian and Edwardian periods gave way to daring modernist experiments, the entire...

The World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories

by Various & Julian Hawthorne

Got a hankering for some classic detective fiction? Dip into the comprehensive collection brought together by the editors of the The World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories. From supernaturally inspired mysteries...

The Clicking of Cuthbert

by P. G. Wodehouse

When you're in the mood for top-notch humor writing, only the very best will do. Dive into "The Clicking of Cuthbert" for an array of golf-themed belly laughs. A must-read for Wodehouse buffs, golf fanatics,...

Household Tales by the Brothers Grimm

by Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm & Margaret Hunt

The primal beating heart at the center of much of the Western literary canon can be found in the folk stories, myths, and fairy tales collected by the amateur folklorists Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm. Surprisingly...

Scottish Ghost Stories

by Elliott O'Donnell

Wraiths, wirry-cows, goblins -- the folklore of Scotland is teeming with supernatural beings, haunted houses, spirits, and other spooky creatures, and in this volume, writer and researcher Elliott O'Donnell...