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By: Richard Harding Davis (1864-1916)

Book cover Once Upon A Time
Book cover A Charmed Life
Book cover The Reporter Who Made Himself King
Book cover The Man Who Could Not Lose
Book cover Billy and the Big Stick
Book cover The Spy
Book cover The Consul
Book cover The Nature Faker
Book cover The Messengers
Book cover The Frame Up
Book cover The Log of the Jolly Polly
Book cover A Question of Latitude
Book cover Wasted Day

This is a delightful little story about the most successful banker on Wall Street, who finds his philanthropic side when one of his former employees is arrested and needs someone to vouch for his character..

Book cover Peace Manoeuvres
Book cover Cynical Miss Catherwaight

This is the story of Miss Catherwaight, collector of "dishonored honors" - medals of honor pawned by the persons they were awarded to. Part of Miss Catherwaight's collection are also the stories behind each award, and she tends to look down on their former owners for giving them away - until she finds a particular token in the shape of a heart...

By: Robert Silverberg (1935-)

Book cover Postmark Ganymede
Book cover Happy Unfortunate

Here are two early stories by the well known SF Author Robert Silverberg. The Happy Unfortunate was published first in Amazing Stories in 1957 and explores the angst caused when the human race reaches into space but at the cost of needing to breed a new species; specialized 'spacers' who can withstand the tremendous rigors of acceleration. The Hunted Heroes was published in Amazing stories a year earlier, in 1956. It is a futuristic story that holds great hope for the resilience of the human race after the war destroys most of the world.

Book cover The Hunted Heroes

By: Raymond Z. Gallun (1911-1994)

Book cover The Eternal Wall

By: James Stephens

Book cover There is a Tavern in the Town

The soul of Irish wit is captured in this unique tale of a barstool philosopher, the concluding story from 'Here Are Ladies' by James Stephens. (Introduction by iremonger)

By: Edward Bellamy (1850-1898)

Book cover The Blindman's World 1898
Book cover An Echo Of Antietam 1898
Book cover A Love Story Reversed 1898
Book cover With The Eyes Shut 1898
Book cover At Pinney's Ranch 1898
Book cover A Summer Evening's Dream 1898
Book cover The Cold Snap 1898
Book cover Hooking Watermelons 1898
Book cover Two Days' Solitary Imprisonment 1898
Book cover Potts's Painless Cure 1898
Book cover A Positive Romance 1898
Book cover The Old Folks' Party 1898
Book cover Deserted 1898
Book cover Lost 1898
Book cover To Whom This May Come 1898

By: Phaedrus (c. 15 BC - c. AD 50)

The Fables of Phaedrus by Phaedrus The Fables of Phaedrus

The fable is a small narrative, in prose or verse, which has as its main characteristic the aim of conveying a moral lesson (the “moral”), implicitly or, more normally, explicitly expressed. Even though the modern concept of fable is that it should have animals or inanimated objects as characters – an idea supported by the works of famous fabulists such as Aesop and La Fontaine – Phaedrus, the most important Latin fabulist, is innovative in his writing. Although many of his fables do depict animals or objects assuming speech, he also has many short stories about men, writing narratives that seem to the modern eye more like short tales than fables...

By: Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836-1907)

Book cover A Struggle For Life
Book cover Mademoiselle Olympe Zabriski
Book cover Miss Mehetabel's Son
Book cover Our New Neighbors At Ponkapog
Book cover Père Antoine's Date-Palm
Book cover Quite So

By: Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904)

In Ghostly Japan by Lafcadio Hearn In Ghostly Japan

This collection of 14 stories collected by Lafcadio Hearn, contains Japanese ghost stories, but also several non-fiction pieces. Hearn tries to give a glimpse into the customs of the Japanese, by giving examples of Buddhist Proverbs and explaining the use of incense and the nation wide fascination with poetry. Furthermore, he has again translated several hair-rising ghost stories, like "A Passional Karma" about the truly undying love of a young couple.

Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things by Lafcadio Hearn Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things

Most of the following Kwaidan, or Weird Tales, have been taken from old Japanese books,— such as the Yaso-Kidan, Bukkyo-Hyakkwa-Zensho, Kokon-Chomonshu, Tama-Sudare, and Hyaku-Monogatari. Some of the stories may have had a Chinese origin: the very remarkable "Dream of Akinosuke," for example, is certainly from a Chinese source. But the story-teller, in every case, has so recolored and reshaped his borrowing as to naturalize it… One queer tale, "Yuki-Onna," was told me by a farmer of Chofu, Nishitama-gori, in Musashi province, as a legend of his native village...

By: Anton Chekhov (1860-1904)

Book cover The Wife, and other stories
Book cover The Witch and other stories
Book cover The Schoolmistress, and other stories
Book cover House With The Mezzanine And Other Stories

Six short stories and a novella by the Russian master. (david wales)

Book cover Kashtanka

"Kashtanka," a shaggy-dog story penned by Anton Chekhov in seven parts and first published in 1887, relates the experiences of its eponymous heroine, a fox-faced, reddish dachshund-mix, whose name means 'little chestnut.' After her detestation of music causes her to become separated from the carpenter with whose family she had been living, Kashtanka finds herself taken up by an unusual vaudevillian and goes to live among an assortment of other intelligent animals, each of whom is observed with the characteristic empathy and humor that stamp Chekhov's work.

Book cover The Slanderer 1901

By: William Henry Giles Kingston

Stories of Animal Sagacity by William Henry Giles Kingston Stories of Animal Sagacity

300+ short stories of how smart and savvy various individual animals have been seen to be, and in most cases a little moral is drawn from the story.

Book cover The Ferryman of Brill and other stories

By: Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Second Thoughts Of An Idle Fellow by Jerome K. Jerome Second Thoughts Of An Idle Fellow

A second volume of humorous essays on various subjects, following the success of Idle thoughts Of An Idle Fellow.

Book cover The Philosopher's Joke
Book cover Sketches in Lavender, Blue and Green
Book cover The Cost of Kindness
Book cover Passing of the Third Floor Back
Book cover The Fawn Gloves
Book cover The Love of Ulrich Nebendahl
Book cover The Soul of Nicholas Snyders, or, The Miser of Zandam

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