Junius Maltby

John Steinbeck
    This short story is taken from one of Steinbeck's early works, "The Pastures of Heaven."

The Best Short Stories of William Somerset Maugham

W. Somerset Maugham - 1957
    Harrington's washing --Red --Mr. Know-all --The alien corn --The book-bag --The round dozen --The voice of the turtle --The facts of life --Lord Mountdrago --The colonel's lady --The treasure --Rain --P. & O.

Thank You for the Light

F. Scott Fitzgerald - 2012
    Scott Fitzgerald, will surprise and delight. Thank You for the Light is a masterfully crafted story—spare, strange, and wonderful, albeit a departure from Fitzgerald’s usual style.A widowed, corset saleswoman, Mrs. Hanson, whose chief pleasure in life is cigarettes, discovers that social disapproval of smoking is widespread in her new sales territory. Deprived of this simple comfort, she receives solace, and a light, from an unexpected source. Fitzgerald originally submitted the story to The New Yorker in 1936, four years before his death, but it was rejected. The editors said that it was “altogether out of the question” and added, “It seems to us so curious and so unlike the kind of thing we associate with him and really too fantastic.” Almost eighty years later, Fitzgerald’s grandchildren found the story among his papers and the Fitzgerald scholar James West encouraged them to send the story to the magazine once again. This time around the magazine decided to publish it, and now it is available in this special eBook edition.

The Circus in the Attic and Other Stories

Robert Penn Warren - 1947
    A collection of Penn Warren’s best short fiction: two novelettes and twelve stories that skillfully handle a variety of themes and styles.”Worth reading for their craftsmanship and variety” (Charles Poore, New York Times).

The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway: The Hemingway Library Collector's Edition

Ernest Hemingway - 2017
    Of all of Hemingway’s canonical fictions, perhaps none demonstrate so forcefully the power of the author’s revolutionary style as his short stories. In classics like “Hills like White Elephants,” “The Butterfly in the Tank,” and “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber,” Hemingway shows us great literature compressed to its most potent essentials. We also see, in Hemingway’s short fiction, the tales that created the legend: these are stories of men and women in love and in war and on the hunt, stories of a lost generation born into a fractured time. The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway presents many of Hemingway’s most famous classics alongside rare and unpublished material: Hemingway’s early drafts and correspondence, his dazzling out-of-print essay on the art of the short story, and two marvelous examples of his earliest work—his first published story, “The Judgment of Manitou,” which Hemingway wrote when still a high school student, and a never-before-published story, written when the author was recovering from a war injury in Milan after WWI. This work offers vital insight into the artistic development of one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers. It is a perfect introduction for a new generation of Hemingway readers, and it belongs in the collection of any true Hemingway fan.

Collected Stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez | Summary & Study Guide

BookRags - 2011

Great Stories by Nobel Prize Winners

Leo Hamalian - 1959
    The prize has been given for over 90 years & its recipients are among the most outstanding writers of our time. An anthology of stories selected from the finest work of such writers is inevitably of high caliber. In an introduction the editors give a history of the prize & preface each selection with a biographical sketch. A truly international collection, the book reflects the shifts in literary style &, in many instances, makes available stories no longer easily accessible.Preface --Father / Bjornsterne Bjornsen --Man who was / Rudyard Kipling --Outlaws / Selma Lagerlof --Massacre of the innocents / Maurice Maeterlinck --Flagman Thiel / Gerhart Hauptmann --Saved / Sir Rabindranath Tagore --Fisher nest / Henrik Pontoppidan --Call of life / Knut Hamsun --Procurator of Judea / Anatole France --Crucifixion of the outcast / William Butler Yeats --Death / Wladyslaw Reymont --Miraculous revenge / George Bernard Shaw --Sardinian fox / Grazia Deledda --Little Lizzy / Thomas Mann --What that kind of mush gets you / Sinclair Lewis --Sunstroke / Ivan Bunin --War / Luigi Pirandello --Operation / Roger Martin Du Gard --Lost forests / Johannes V. Jensen --Within and without / Herman Hesse --That evening sun / William Faulkner --Lift that went down into Hell / Par Lagerkvist --Man of letters / Francois Mauriac --Lily / Haldor Laxness --Guest / Albert Camus --Tratto de Apelle / Boris Pasternak

A Classic Christmas: A Collection of Timeless Stories and Poems

Charles Dickens - 1843
    This giftable edition of Dickens’s 1843 work will delight those who already know the perennial classic, as well as any collector of beautiful case-bound books.Additionally, this collector’s edition will include shorter, lesser-known works by famous authors from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Each story and poem has been lovingly selected to celebrate the heart of the season and to gently remind readers of the true meaning of Christmas.

The Philosopher's Joke

Jerome K. Jerome - 1905
    Six persons are persuaded of its truth; and the hope of these six is to convince themselves it was an hallucination. Their difficulty is there are six of them. Each one alone perceives clearly that it never could have been. Unfortunately, they are close friends, and cannot get away from one another; and when they meet and look into each other's eyes the thing takes shape again. The one who told it to me, and who immediately wished he had not, was Armitage. He told it to me one night when he and I were the only occupants of the Club smoking-room.

Kalki: Selected Stories

Kalki - 1999
    His collection brings together the best of Kalki’s short stories, which contain some of his most colourful and enduring characters and themes of Tamil popular fiction of the nineteen thirties and forties. There is in these stories the heady urgency of the freedom struggle, the piquant humour of the parodied Tamil gothic and devastating social satire. In her sensitive translations, Gowri Ramnarayan has succeeded in capturing the nuances of the gently mordant wit that made Kalki’s stories the highlight of the magazines they were originally published in, creating for themselves a dedicated following that flourishes undiminished to this day.Coinciding with the centenary of Kalki’s birth, this volume is a well-deserved tribute to a writer whose breadth of vision and genius imagined and served a new India.

The Locket

Kate Chopin - 1894
    Promising he will always keep it safe, when the locket returns but the young man does not, the young woman's world falls apart.

Three Sea Stories: Typhoon, Falk, and the Shadow-Line

Joseph Conrad - 1915
    His characters are tested by dramatic events 'that show in the light of day the inner worth of a man, the edge of his temper, and the fibre of his stuff; that reveal the quality of his resistance and the secret stuff of his pretences, not only to others but also to himself'. In Typhoon, Conrad's funniest story, Captain MacWhirr blunders into a hurricane that reveals the sea's treachery, violence and terror. Falk is desperate to get married, but first he must tell of his terrible experiences as sole survivor of a stricken ship that once drifted into the ice-caps of Antarctica. The Shadow-Line is a poignant and beautiful story. Written during the First World War and based on Conrad's fond evocation of his own first command, it expresses his solidarity with all who were obliged to cross in early youth the shadow-line of their war-torn generation.Includes a glossary of nautical terms.

Mrs Lirriper

Charles DickensHenry Spicer - 1863
    Recently widowed, Mrs. Lirriper devotes her energies to attending to the needs of her assorted lodgers; but when a newborn child is abandoned to her care, her responsibilities grow to new levels. She enlists longtime lodger, the Major, into the role of �guardian,” and the two develop an increasing affection for the boy. In an effort to entertain the growing lad, they relate the stories of their fellow lodgers, little knowing that they are about to embark on their own real-life tale of impending death, guilty secrets, and mysterious legacies. Charles Dickens is one of England’s most important literary figures. His works enjoyed enormous success in his day and are still regarded as among the most popular and widely read classics of all time.

The Human Comedy: Selected Stories

Honoré de Balzac - 1842
    Yet along with the full-length fiction within The Human Comedy stand many shorter works, among the most brilliant and forceful of his fictions. Drawn always to the tradition of oral storytelling—to the human voice telling of experience—and to the kinds of reactions produced in the listeners to stories, Balzac repeatedly dramatizes both telling and listening, and the interactions of men and women around the story told. It’s in the short fiction that we get some of his most daring explorations of crime, sexuality, and artistic creation. As Marcel Proust noted, it is in these tales that we detect, under the surface, the mysterious circulation of blood and desire. Included here are tales of artists, of the moneylender who controls the lives of others, of passion in the desert sands and in the drawing rooms of Parisian duchesses, episodes of madness and psychotherapy, the uncovering of fortunes derived from crime and from castration. And stories about the creation of story, the need to transmit experience. All are newly translated by three outstanding translators who restore the freshness of Balzac’s vivid and highly colored prose.SARRASINEGOBSECKADIEUZ. MARCASA PASSION IN THE DESERTTHE DUCHESS OF LANGEAISTHE RED INNFACINO CANEANOTHER STUDY OF WOMANKIND


Carson McCullers - 2011
    These four masterly stories of eccentrics, failed prodigies, injustice and hope, written when she was in her twenties, explore the human condition with humour and pathos. This book includes "Wunderkind", "The Jockey", "Madame Zilensky and the King of Finland", "A Tree, A Rock and A Cloud".