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Affinities: And Other Stories

by Mary Roberts Rinehard

Immerse yourself in the glamor, glitz and turbulence of the period leading up to the 1920s with this satisfying collection of tales from author Mary Roberts Rinehard. Veering from romance to mystery and back...

Widow's Tale: And Other Stories

by Margaret Oliphant

Born in Scotland and later a transplant to London, Margaret Oliphant was an accomplished and popular writer whose body of work includes historical novels, romances, and supernatural fiction. Despite the wide-ranging...

Nonsense Novels

by Stephen Leacock

In this collection of hilarious literary satires, Canadian humorist Stephen Leacock jaunts from genre to genre, gleefully skewering mysteries, ghost stories, detective novels, and virtually every other type...


by Frank Banta

After finishing college, Jean Lanni did what many new college graduates of his era did: spent some quality time traveling around the universe. But instead of the typical souvenirs like t-shirts or shot glasses,...

The Bad Family: And Other Stories

by Eliza Fenwick

Part of a series for younger readers called The Dumpy Books, this collection of short stories offers a fascinating glimpse into the manners and mores of children and families at the dawn of the twentieth century....

An Accursed Race

by Elizabeth Gaskell

Classic short story. Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell ( 1810 – 1865), often referred to simply as Mrs. Gaskell, was an English novelist and short story writer during the Victorian era. She is perhaps best known...

The Poor Clare

by Elizabeth Gaskell

A departure from the stories Elizabeth Gaskell wrote for Charles Dickens’s Household Words magazine, The Poor Clare is a dark, gothic novella of thwarted love and a family curse that vividly illustrates the...

Uncle Peter

by Elizabeth Gaskell

Uncle, he said, you know me, and you know that I have not, that I never had one mercenary thought about your wealth; you know that my fault is to look forward too little in such matters rather than too much,...

Slut Lullabies

by Gina Frangello

Following her debut novel, My Sister's Continent, Gina Frangello continues her exploration of the power dynamics of gender, class, and sexuality in this collection of diverse, vibrant short fiction. Slut Lullabies...

The Run for the Elbertas

by James Still

In language both spare and colorful, sure in its command of Appalachian dialect and poetic in its evocation of mountain settings, James Still's stories reveal the lives of his people -- lives of privation and...

The Second Funeral of Napoleon

by William Makepeace Thackeray

An interesting book about the re-burial of French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte in Paris. Thackeray penned it using Michael Angelo Titmarch as his nom-de-plum. Composed of three letters, this book is not only significant...

Some Roundabout Papers

by William Makepeace Thackeray

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) was an English novelist of the 19th century. He was famous for his satirical works, particularly Vanity Fair (1847), a panoramic portrait of English society. Thackeray...

Roundabout Papers

by William Makepeace Thackeray

Mr. Roundabout, says a lady sitting by me, "how comes it that in your books there is a certain class (it may be of men, or it may be of women, but that is not the question in point)--how comes it, dear sir,...

The Christmas Books of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh

by William Makepeace Thackeray

This collection of short stories by William Makepeace Thackeray includes: "Mrs. Perkins's Ball", "Our Street", "Dr. Birch and his Young Friends", "The Kickleburys on the Rhine", "The Rose and the Ring; or, The...

Haunted Childhoods

by Pauline Michel & Nigel Spencer

Abandonment, adoption, loneliness, and the search for the absolute are among the many themes explored in this violent yet tender collection of stories.

Tourists From Algol: Stories Of The Unexpected

by Tom Henighan

Tom Henighan's numerous works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry include The Maclean's Companion to Canadian Arts and Culture, The Well of Time, and the YA novel Viking Quest (2001). He lives in Ottawa, and...

Maggie: A Girl of the Streets: and Other Tales of New York

by Stephen Crane & Larzer Ziff

Stephen Crane's first novel is the tale of a pretty young slum girl driven to brutal excesses by poverty and loneliness. It was considered so sexually frank and realistic, that the book had to be privately printed...

Inappropriate Behavior: Stories

by Murray Farish

The characters in Inappropriate Behavior teeter on the brink of sanity, while those around them reach out in support, watch helplessly, or duck for cover. In their loneliness, Murray Farish's characters cast...

Max and Moritz

by Wilhelm Busch

Great humor classic in both German and English. Also 10 other works: "Cat and Mouse," "Plisch and Plumm," and more.

Four Weird Tales

by Algernon Blackwood

The Insanity of Jones, The Man Who Found Out, The Glamour of the Snow