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Master and Man

by Leo Tolstoy, Aylmer Maude & Louise Shanks Maude

This short story from renowned Russian author Leo Tolstoy takes on an almost fable-like quality in its stark simplicity and moral truth. A wealthy man's greed and avarice lead him to treat his servant in a spectacularly...


Three Lives

by Gertrude Stein

American writer Gertrude Stein was definitely decades ahead of her time. Injecting experimental and avant-garde elements into her work, she described her method as "literary cubism" -- an understandable goal...


Father Sergius

by Leo Tolstoy, Aylmer Maude & Louise Shanks Maude

A young man of great affluence and potential is set to be wed, but on the night before the ceremony, he discovers that his wife-to-be has betrayed him. He commits himself to a religious life in order to recover...


What He's Poised to Do: Stories

by Ben Greenman

Ben Greenman is a writer of virtuosic range and uncanny emotional insight. As Darin Strauss has noted, "Like Bruno Schulz, George Saunders, Donald Barthelme, and no one else I can think of, Greenman has the...


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...


Orientations

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...