The House that Jack Built
“The House that Jack Built” is a standard of juvenile literature that delights children and adults alike with the increasingly lengthy sentences, stretched to the breaking point, that make up its narrative. Through a chain of events, beginning with a rodent eating some grain and culminating in a festive wedding, children learn that playing with grammar can be fun! You can read along with this recording.
Lords of the Housetops: Thirteen Cat Tales
The Lords of the Housetops reveals the cat through the creative lenses of 13 authors. Consequently, this carefully chosen collection of stories is as complex, charismatic and clever as a cat.
Reginald in Russia and other sketches
Reginald in Russia is the title story in a collection of fifteen witty and satirical stories, sketches and one "playlet" by that master of the short story H. H. Munro, better Known as Saki. The stories are: Reginald in Russia -- The Reticence of Lady Anne -- The Lost Sanjak -- The Sex That Doesn't Shop -- The Blood-feud of Toad-Water -- A Young Turkish Catastrophe -- Judkin of the Parcels -- Gabriel-Ernest -- The Saint and the Goblin -- The Soul of Laploshka -- The Bag -- The Strategist -- Cross Currents -- The Baker's Dozen (A Playlet) -- The Mouse.
By: V. E. Thiessen
|There Will Be School Tomorrow|
By: V. R. Francis
|The Flying Cuspidors|
Short Science Fiction Collection
Science fiction (abbreviated SF or sci-fi with varying punctuation and case) is a broad genre of fiction that often involves sociological and technical speculations based on current or future science or technology. This is a reader-selected collection of short stories originally published between 1931 and 1963, that entered the US public domain when their copyright was not renewed. Summary by Cori Samuel, with Wikipedia input.
Short Ghost Story Collection
The Short Ghost Story Collection contains ten classic spooky tales written by such master craftsmen as Algernon Blackwood, Charles Dickens, Bram Stoker and Saki among others. The stories range from haunted houses to reincarnation (as a predatory otter), ancient curses in which marble statues come alive and wreak a horrible revenge and a long narrative poem that describes a dialog between a ghost and a human being. This anthology features authors like Lewis Carroll and E Nesbit who are traditionally regarded as children's writers and other practitioners of the paranormal like American writer Mary E...
Short Mystery Story Collection
The Short Mystery Story Collection by Various is a real treat for intrigue enthusiasts! This volume features such greats as Ambrose Bierce, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Anton Chekov. Some unexpected names like P G Wodehouse and Kate Chopin also crop up, bending their prodigious talents to the genre. The ten stories contained in this volume range from events as diverse as the mysterious death of a sea-captain in a seedy boarding house, a group of women who deal with a crime committed by a friend,...
Coffee Break Collection
If you find yourself with nothing particular to do in an airport, train or bus or you've got a quiet evening to yourself in a hotel room or you're facing the delicious prospect of an extended lunch or tea break, why not pick up Coffee Break Collection 001 and enjoy the experience? This anthology has a selection of humorous pieces guaranteed to keep you entertained. Opening with a master of the genre, PG Wodehouse, the first story is a pseudo-scholarly treatise on football captains! A delightful piece follows – Beyond Pandora by RJ Martin with its memorable opening line, “The ideal way to deal with a pest...
Local Color Collection
In this celebration of diversity, learn about the myriad histories and cultures behind our volunteers.
Best Russian Short Stories
In this collection of Russian stories, editor and compiler Thomas Seltzer selects from a range of the best examples of 19th and early 20th century Russian literature. As a survey of famous authors at the height of the powers, as well as some writers who have been unjustly neglected, this anthology is indispensable.
“Brazilian Tales” is a collection of six short stories selected by Isaac Goldberg as best representative of the Brazilian Literature of his period – the end of the 19th century. His comprehensive preface aims at familiarizing the reader with a literature that was – and still is – virtually unknown outside the boundaries of its own land, and the pieces chosen by Goldberg to be translated belong to writers that reached popularity and appreciation while still alive. This “pioneer volume”, as the translator himself puts it, still keeps its charm and interest as a way of offering to the English speaking public some “sample cases” of Brazilian Literature.
Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern
The Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, is a work of enormous proportions. Setting out with the simple goal of offering "American households a mass of good reading", the editors drew from literature of all times and all kinds what they considered the best pieces of human writing, and compiled an ambitious collection of 45 volumes (with a 46th being an index-guide). Besides the selection and translation of a huge number of poems, letters, short stories and sections of books, the collection offers, before each chapter, a short essay about the author or subject in question...
American Women's Literature, 1847 to 1922
This is a collection of 20 short stories and long-form poetry by American women writers.
Short Humor Collection
This is a collection of short humorous works first published before 1923.
The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1
The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes was a British TV series from the early 70s that dramatized stories written contemporaneously with the Sherlock Holmes stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This anthology contains twelve of the thirteen stories adapted as episodes for the first season. Sadly, one story, "The Missing Witness Sensation" by Ernest Bramah, is not public domain in the U.S., but can be read in the anthology Max Carrados Mysteries.
Yiddish Tales (יידיש מעשה)
A collection of 48 wonderful English language stories from Sholem Alechem, I. L. Perez, Shalom Asch, and others. Tales of humour and drama, tragedy and pathos set mostly in the Jewish communities of 19th-century eastern Europe, Russia, and the Ukraine. Translated from Yiddish by Helena Frank.
First Chapter Collection 001
Are you wishing sometimes that you had a good book which you don't know, that you might just read and enjoy? The goal of this collection is to introduce you to as many books as possible. Some are well known, some are not.
Collection: Tales of the Cities
This is a collection of city stories, fiction or non-fiction, in English and published before 1923. Contributions have been chosen by the reader himself.
|Seven Icelandic Short Stories|
|Adventures in Many Lands|
|Golden Stories A Selection of the Best Fiction by the Foremost Writers|
|Stories from Everybody's Magazine|
|Stories by Foreign Authors: German — Volume 2|
|Tales from Many Sources Vol. V|
By: Victor A. Endersby (1891-1988)
By: Victoria Glad
|Each Man Kills|
By: Virginia Woolf
Monday or Tuesday
Adeline Virginia Woolf was an English author, essayist, publisher, and writer of short stories, regarded as one of the foremost modernist literary figures of the twentieth century. During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a member of the Bloomsbury Group. Her most famous works include the novels Mrs. Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927), and Orlando (1928), and the book-length essay A Room of One's Own (1929), with its famous dictum, "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction...
By: Vivia Hemphill (1889-1934)
|Down the Mother Lode|
By: Voltairine de Cleyre (1866-1912)
Selected Letters, Sketches and Stories
Voltairine de Cleyre (November 17, 1866 – June 20, 1912) was an American anarchist. She was skilled in many subjects and wrote essays, poems, letters, sketches, stories and speeches. These are her selected letters, sketches and stories.
By: W. C. (William Chambers) Morrow (1853-1923)
|The Ape, the Idiot & Other People|
|The Inmate Of The Dungeon 1894|
By: W. H. H. (William Henry Harrison) Murray (1840-1904)
|A Ride With A Mad Horse In A Freight-Car 1898|
By: W. Somerset Maugham (1847-1965)
Rain charts the moral disintegration of a missionary attempting to convert a Pacific island prostitute named Sadie Thompson. (Introduction by an excerpt from Wikipedia)
By: Walt Richmond (1922-1977)
|Poppa Needs Shorts|
By: Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
The Wound Dresser
The Wound Dresser is a series of letters written from the hospitals in Washington by Walt Whitman during the War of the Rebellion to The New York Times, the Brooklyn Eagle and his mother, edited by Richard Maurice Burke, M.D., one of Whitman's literary executors.
By: Walt [Illustrator] Louderback
|The Boy Scouts Book of Stories|
By: Walter Crane (1845-1915)
The Frog Prince and Other Stories
The three charming stories contained in The Frog Prince and Other Tales include a less-known fairy-tale called Princess Belle-Etoile besides the title story and Alladin and the Wonderful Lamp. Published in 1874, the tales are re-told by the famous illustrator Walter Crane, who has also provided some of the most lovely illustrations in the book. The book makes an ideal gift and both parents and children will certainly enjoy it. It's perfect for bedtime story-reading sessions and kids would love gazing at the beautiful Greek-style illustrations that are scattered throughout the book...
By: Walter J. Sheldon (1917-)
|Two Plus Two Makes Crazy|
|This is Klon Calling|
By: Walter M. Miller (1923-1996)
|Death of a Spaceman|
By: Walter Pater (1839-1894)
By: Walter S. Tevis (1928-1984)
|The Big Bounce|
By: Washington Irving (1783-1859)
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Set in the small secluded valley of Sleepy Hollow, Irving’s short speculative story follows the rivalry between Ichabod Crane and Brom Van Brunt for Katrina Van Tassel’s hand in marriage. Mostly inhabited by descendants from Dutch settlers, the residents are known for their belief in superstitions and the supernatural, and have many stories to suffice their colorful imaginations. The story begins when the scrawny schoolmaster Ichabod Crane from Connecticut moves to Sleepy Hollow for a teaching job and rotates living with the families of his students...
The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.
Apart from "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" - the pieces which made both Irving and The Sketch Book famous - other tales include "Roscoe", "The Broken Heart", "The Art of Book-making", "A Royal Poet", "The Spectre Bridegroom", "Westminster Abbey", "Little Britain", and "John Bull". His stories were highly influenced by German folktales, with "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" being inspired by a folktale recorded by Karl Musaus. Stories range from the maudlin (such as "The Wife" and...
By: Wesley Barefoot
|The Cuckoo Clock|
By: Wilfred Thomason Grenfell (1865-1940)
|Labrador Days Tales of the Sea Toilers|
By: Wilhelm Hauff (1802-1827)
|Tales of the Caravan, Inn, and Palace|
|The Severed Hand From "German Tales" Published by the American Publishers' Corporation|
By: Will Lillibridge (1878-1909)
Arcadia in Avernus
Unhappy wife leaves marriage of convenience for another man, the couple running away to the Dakota prairie to set up housekeeping. All seems romantically well... until the ex shows up. Surprisingly modern (if a little theatrical) novella from the early 1900's. From the posthumous collection of Lillibridge short stories, A Breath of Prairie, 1911.
By: Will Mohler
|In the Control Tower|
By: Willa Sibert Cather (1873-1947)
|The Troll Garden and Selected Stories|
Collection Of Stories, Reviews And Essays
Stories and essays by Willa Cather
By: William C. Scully (1855-1943)
|Stories by English Authors: Africa|
By: William Carroll
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: William F. Nolan (1928-)
|Of Time and Texas|
By: William Gerken
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.
|The Ferryman of Brill and other stories|
By: William Hope Hodgson (1877-1918)
Carnacki, The Ghost Finder
Thomas Carnacki was a detective of the supernatural, created for a series of short stories by Wiliam Hope Hodgson. Hodsgon, also a noted photographer and bodybuilder, might have created more stories for this intrepid sleuth of the occult, but he unfortunately died at the youthful age of 40 in World War I. (Introduction by Samanem)
By: William J. Smith
|The Last Straw|
By: William le Queux (1864-1927)
This is a collection of 14 of William le Queux' best mystery stories.
By: William M. Lee
By: William P. Salton
By: William Patten (1868-1946)
The Junior Classics
The purpose of The Junior Classics is to provide, in ten volumes containing about five thousand pages, a classified collection of tales, stories, and poems, both ancient and modern, suitable for boys and girls of from six to sixteen years of age.
Short Story Classics (American)
MANUAL OF SURGERY, OXFORD MEDICAL PUBLICATIONSBY ALEXIS THOMSON, F.R.C.S.Ed.PREFACE TO SIXTH EDITION Much has happened since this Manual was last revised, and many surgical lessons have been learned in the hard school of war. Some may yet have to be unlearned, and others have but little bearing on the problems presented to the civilian surgeon. Save in its broadest principles, the surgery of warfare is a thing apart from the general surgery of civil life, and the exhaustive literature now available on every aspect of it makes it unnecessary that it should receive detailed consideration in a manual for students...
By: Winfrid Herbst
Tell Us Another! Stories That Never Grow Old
A collection of 65 little stories for the Catholic child (and adult), designed to captivatingly teach the truths and morals of the faith. This is the companion volume to "Just Stories" by the same author.
Just Stories: The Kind That Never Grow Old
Good Books are wise counselors. They point out the right way in the devious paths of life. Have we not often stood at the juncture of two roads, the one of righteousness and the other of unfaithfulness, and was it not then that some golden little book acted the part of an opportune adviser and directed us down the highway of truth? Is there one of us who can truthfully say that good books have not been his loyal and trustworthy helpers, his vigilant guardians in life's intricate ways? This unpretentious little book of goodness stories, a companion volume to "Tell Us Another," must speak for itself...
By: Winston K. Marks (1915-1979)
|The Deadly Daughters|
By: Wright, Orville and Wilbur (1871-1948 / 1867-1912)
The Early History of the Airplane
The Brothers Orville (1871 - 1948) and Wilbur (1867 – 1912) Wright made the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air flight, on 17th December 1903. They were not the first to build and fly aircraft, but they invented the controls that were necessary for a pilot to steer the aircraft, which made fixed wing powered flight possible. The Early History of the Airplane consists of three short essays about the beginnings of human flight. The second essay retells the first flight: "This...
By: Zane Grey (1872-1939)
|The Redheaded Outfield|
By: Zofia Nałkowska (1884-1954)
|Selected Polish Tales|
By: יוסף חיים ברנר Yosef Haim Brenner (1881-1921)
עולה (Injustice), with excerpt from The Escaping Club
This is a bilingual project. The first part, in Hebrew, is the story "Injustice" by Yosef Haim Brenner, written following the conquest of Palestine by the British troops during WWI. The story takes place on the Turkish side of the dividing line between the combating forces. An escaped British prisoner of war had taken shelter among a group of Jewish workers, who, following a heated discussion, turned him over to the Turkish army. The second part of this project, in English, is a chapter in the book "The Escaping Club," written in 1922 by the same British prisoner of war, the aviator A. J. Evans, who gave his account of the same event.