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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...


What Men Live By: And Other Tales

by Leo Graf Tolstoy, Aylmer Maude & Louise Shanks Maude

Settle in with a collection of tales from the pen of one of the world's most acclaimed authors, Leo Tolstoy. The stories brought together in What Men Live By and Other Tales tackle heady philosophical questions...


Oh, Well, You Know How Women Are: And Isn't that Just Like a Man

by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb & Mary Roberts Rinehart

Embarking on a career in journalism at the tender age of seventeen, Irvin S. Cobbs went on to become the youngest managing news editor in the United States before hitting 20. Later in life, he began to dabble...


Within the Tides

by Joseph Conrad

Although Joseph Conrad was Polish by birth and did not become a fluent speaker of English until well into adulthood, he achieved unparalleled heights of literary mastery in his adopted tongue and is now widely...


A Garland for Girls

by Louisa May Alcott

Whether you're a long-time fan of Louisa May Alcott who is eager to explore more of her oeuvre or a newcomer to her work, the charming stories collected in A Garland for Girls offer a pleasing introduction to...