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Kentucky Straight: Stories

by Chris Offutt

Riveting, often heartbreaking stories that take readers through country that is figuratively and literally unmapped. These stories are set in a nameless community too small to be called a town, a place where...


Three Famous Short Novels: Spotted Horses Old Man The Bear

by William Faulkner

“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” —William Faulkner

 

These short works offer three different approaches to Faulkner, each representative of his work...


Welcome to the Monkey House

by Kurt Vonnegut

Welcome to the Monkey House is a collection of Kurt Vonnegut’s shorter works. Originally printed in publications as diverse as The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and The Atlantic Monthly, these superb...


SUSSEX BORN AND BRED: Tales from the Coast

by Alex Askaroff

"An utterly charming read" Sussex Born and Bred is a series of short stories in which both England's history and her people are brought vividly to life by a man who has spent a lifetime observing both. As you...


The Collected Stories of Frank Herbert

by Frank Herbert

Frank Herbert, the New York Times bestselling author of Dune, is one of the most celebrated and commercially successful science fiction writers of all time. But while best known for originating the character...


The Works of Edgar Allan Poe

by Edgar Allan Poe

It is virtually impossible to overstate Edgar Allan Poe's importance in the field of American literature. He is credited not only with inventing or significantly advancing the short story, detective fiction,...


The New Atlantis

by Sir Francis Bacon

The New Atlantis is Sir Francis Bacon's creation of an ideal land where its citizens uphold the common qualities of "generosity and enlightenment, dignity and splendor, piety and public spirit." This short 1627...


The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes collects together eleven stories detailing the famous exploits and adventures of Baker Street's greatest detective. Arthur Conan Doyle's compilation was originally published in...


The Case Of Miss Elliott

by Baroness Orczy

A young matron from a convalescent home is found dead in a quiet street. An earl's racehorse is the victim of attempted poisoning. A mystery bewilders police and diplomats across Europe. All of the twelve detective...


Love in Infant Monkeys: Stories

by Lydia Millet

Lions, Komodo dragons, dogs, monkeys, and pheasants — all have shared spotlights and tabloid headlines with celebrities such as Sharon Stone, Thomas Edison, and David Hasselhoff. Millet hilariously tweaks these...


Japanese Fairy Tales

by Yei Theodora Ozaki

Travel back in time with this eclectic collection of ancient and medieval Japanese folktales, myths, and fables from Yei Theodora Ozaki, a skilled translator born to a Japanese father and European mother who...


Horror of the Heights: And Other Tales of Suspense

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Best known as the creator of super-sleuth Sherlock Holmes, Conan Doyle also wrote thrilling tales of the supernatural and the corruption of technology. His sharp wit and chillingly detailed writing are at their...


Old Indian Days

by Charles A. Eastman

Charles Eastman, whose Sioux name was Ohiyesa (pronounced Oh hee' yay suh), was a Native American author, doctor and reformer who also helped to establish the Boy Scouts of America. Old Indian Days is a collection...


The Country of the Blind, and Other Stories

by H. G. Wells

The Country of the Blind and Other Stories brings together thirty-three of H. G. Wells' science fiction and fantasy short stories which were previously published separately in a variety of periodicals. The title...


Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

by Jacob Grimm

The legendary folklorists Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm are widely credited with preserving and documenting Europe's oral fairy tale tradition. On several extended trips collecting stories in and around Germany, the...


Snow in May

by Kseniya Melnik

A Minneapolis Star Tribune Best Book of 2014 • Recommended by The New Yorker, The New York Public Library, Alan Cheuse of NPR, Grantland • Shortlisted for the 2014 International Dylan Thomas Prize • Longlisted...


The Chronicles of Clovis

by Saki

Hector Hugh Munro was a prolific British writer who worked in a variety of literary genres. Under the pen name Saki, he produced a series of plays and tales, many of which center around a sophisticated bon vivant...


The Toys of Peace: And Other Papers

by Saki

Edwardian society was rife with hypocrisy and ridiculousness, and the writer who worked under the pen name Saki delighted in skewering these conventions. The collection The Toys of Peace, and Other Papers includes...


Dubliners: And Chamber Music

by James Joyce

Dubliners comprises fifteen short stories, which Joyce intended should accurately reflect the life of the Irish middle class. Each story centers around the moment of epiphany, when a character suddenly understands...


Can't and Won't

by Lydia Davis

A new collection of short stories from the woman Rick Moody has called "the best prose stylist in America"

Her stories may be literal one-liners: the entirety of "Bloomington" reads, "Now that I have been here...