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By: William Dean Howells
Christmas Every Day and Other Stories Told for Children
Five short delightful stories for children, told in the voice of "the papa" to "the girl" and "the boy." William Dean Howells (March 1, 1837 – May 11, 1920) was an American realist author and literary critic. Nicknamed "The Dean of American Letters", he was particularly known for his tenure as editor of the Atlantic Monthly as well as his own prolific writings, including the Christmas story "Christmas Every Day" and the novel The Rise of Silas Lapham. (Reader’s Note for story 3: A pony engine is a small locomotive for switching cars from one track to another.)
|Literature and Life (Complete)|
|Shapes that Haunt the Dusk|
|Buying a Horse|
|The Daughter of the Storage And Other Things in Prose and Verse|
|A Pair of Patient Lovers|
|Standard Household-Effect Company, the (from Literature and Life)|
|Staccato Notes of a Vanished Summer (from Literature and Life)|
By: Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)
Carl Sandburg is beloved by generations of children for his Rootabaga Stories and Rootabaga Pigeons (which is not in the public domain), a series of whimsical, sometimes melancholy stories he originally created for his own daughters. The Rootabaga Stories were born of Sandburg’s desire for “American fairy tales” to match American childhood. He felt that the European stories involving royalty and knights were inappropriate, and so populated his stories with animals, skyscrapers, trains, corn fairies, and other colorful characters.
By: Ernest Bramah (1868-1942)
Four Max Carrados Detective Stories
Ernest Bramah is mainly known for his ‘Kai Lung’ books – Dorothy L Sayers often used quotes from them for her chapter headings. In his lifetime however he was equally well known for his detective stories. Since Sherlock Holmes we have had French detectives, Belgian detectives, aristocratic detectives, royal detectives, ecclesiastical detectives, drunken detectives and even a (very) few quite normal happily married detectives. Max Carrados was however probably the first blind detective.
By: Bret Harte (1837-1902)
Bret Harte (1837–1902) was an American author and poet, best remembered for his accounts of pioneering life in California.
|From Sand Hill to Pine|
Mrs. Skagg's Husbands and Other Stories
A collection of short stories set in the American West at the end of the 19th century.
|Under the Redwoods|
|Legends and Tales|
|Tales of the Argonauts|
|Tales of Trail and Town|
|Condensed Novels: New Burlesques|
|The Bell-Ringer of Angel's|
|Stories in Light and Shadow|
|A Protegee of Jack Hamlin's and Other Stories|
|Mr. Jack Hamlin's Mediation|
|Openings in the Old Trail|
|Drift from Two Shores|
|Trent's Trust, and Other Stories|
By: Robert Barr (1849-1912)
In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
Thirteen short stories by one of the most famous writers in his day. Robert Barr was a British Canadian short story writer and novelist, born in Glasgow, Scotland. In London of the 1890s Barr became a more prolific author - publishing a book a year - and was familiar with many of the best selling authors of his day, including Bret Harte and Stephen Crane. Most of his literary output was of the crime genre, then quite in vogue. When Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories were becoming well known,...
By: Lucy Clifford (1846-1929)
Anyhow Stories: Moral and Otherwise
A collection of stories and poems for children by British novelist, journalist, and playwright Lucy Lane Clifford, better known during her lifetime as Mrs W.K. Clifford. She was famous with her mathematician husband for Sunday salons which attracted both scientists and literati. She was born in 1846 and died in 1929. Summary by Val Grimm
By: Jacob Grimm (1785-1863), Wilhelm Grimm (1786-1859), and Andrew Lang (1844-1912) (1785-1863)
Personal Collection of Short Tales compiled by Carmie
This is a selection of the fairy tales (in English) written by Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm and Wilhelm Karl Grimm in the early 19th Century. These stories are fantastical and although aimed squarely at the flexible mind of a child which can assimilate much stranger concepts than an adult they are quite dark and occasionally brutal. The stakes can be quite high as in Rumpelstiltskin where a terrible bargain is made without due regard to possible future consequences and Tom Thumb who seems forever about to be imprisoned or sliced in two...
By: Sarah Cory Rippey
The Goody-Naughty Book
The Goody-Naughty Book was originally published as two books back to back. Opening the book from one end, the reader experiences “The Goody Side” where the children are polite and thoughtful. However, turning the book over and beginning from the other side, one reads “The Naughty Side” where the children are lazy and irritable. These short, moral stories teach children the proper way to behave and that there are consequences if they don’t.
By: Eva March Tappan (1854-1930)
Makers of Many Things
How are friction matches made? How do rags and trees become paper? Who makes the dishes on our tables? Published in 1916, this children's book explains the origins of everyday items in an entertaining and informative way. There are plenty of illustrations, so please feel free to read along.