Books Should Be Free
Loyal Books
Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads
Search by: Title, Author or Keyword

The Descent of Man and Other Stories   By: (1862-1937)

Book cover

The Descent of Man and Other Stories by Edith Wharton is a captivating collection of short stories that delves into the complexities of human nature and relationships. With her exceptional storytelling ability, Wharton takes readers on a journey through various aspects of society, exploring themes of love, ambition, and the pursuit of happiness.

One notable aspect of this collection is Wharton's skillful character development. Each story features a diverse cast of characters, each with their own unique traits and flaws. Through vivid descriptions and insightful inner monologues, Wharton brings these characters to life, making them feel incredibly relatable and genuine. From the ambitious businessman to the discontented wife, each character's struggles and desires are explored with nuance and depth.

Moreover, Wharton's writing style is simply impeccable. Her prose is elegant and sophisticated, immersing readers in richly detailed settings and meticulously crafted narratives. She effortlessly captures the essence of different time periods and social classes, transporting readers to a forgotten era. The stories are infused with a sense of nostalgia that makes them all the more captivating.

The themes explored in The Descent of Man and Other Stories are thought-provoking and profound. Wharton delves into the intricacies of human relationships, shedding light on the complexities of love, marriage, and societal expectations. She raises questions about the choices we make and their consequences, inviting readers to ponder the true nature of happiness and fulfillment.

While all the stories in this collection are engaging, some stand out as particularly exceptional. "The Descent of Man" is a thought-provoking tale that explores the idea of sacrifice and the impact of one's choices on others. "The Other Two" provides an insightful commentary on the expectations placed on women in society and the struggles they face in balancing their personal and social lives. Each story offers a unique perspective and leaves readers with a lingering sense of reflection.

In conclusion, The Descent of Man and Other Stories by Edith Wharton is a masterfully crafted collection that showcases the author's exceptional storytelling prowess. Wharton's vivid characters, elegant prose, and profound exploration of human nature make this collection a must-read for any lover of literature. It is a timeless work that continues to resonate with readers, and it deserves a place on every bookshelf.

First Page:






The Descent of Man

The Other Two


The Lady's Maid's Bell

The Mission of Jane

The Reckoning

The Letter

The Dilettante

The Quicksand

A Venetian Night's Entertainment



When Professor Linyard came back from his holiday in the Maine woods the air of rejuvenation he brought with him was due less to the influences of the climate than to the companionship he had enjoyed on his travels. To Mrs. Linyard's observant eye he had appeared to set out alone; but an invisible traveller had in fact accompanied him, and if his heart beat high it was simply at the pitch of his adventure: for the Professor had eloped with an idea.

No one who has not tried the experiment can divine its exhilaration. Professor Linyard would not have changed places with any hero of romance pledged to a flesh and blood abduction. The most fascinating female is apt to be encumbered with luggage and scruples: to take up a good deal of room in the present and overlap inconveniently into the future; whereas an idea can accommodate itself to a single molecule of the brain or expand to the circumference of the horizon. The Professor's companion had to the utmost this quality of adaptability... Continue reading book >>

eBook Downloads
ePUB eBook
• iBooks for iPhone and iPad
• Nook
• Sony Reader
Kindle eBook
• Mobi file format for Kindle
Read eBook
• Load eBook in browser
Text File eBook
• Computers
• Windows
• Mac

Review this book

Popular Genres
More Genres
Paid Books