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SELECTED SHORTS: Web Site Lets You Read Dozens of Short Stories Online

Posted by kinchendavid on August 7, 2006

By David M. Kinchen

Hinton, WV – If these hot days and nights make reading a novel seem like too much work, how about a short story? A friend in Texas turned me onto a web site that allows you to read dozens of short stories online.

The site is : http://www.classicshorts.com

Here’s a list of the stories, along with a rationale for the site:

“Fewer and fewer people these days read short stories. This is unfortunate–so few will ever experience the joy that reading such fine work can give. The goal of this site is to give a nice cross section of short stories in the hope that these short stories will excite these people into rediscovering this excellent source of entertainment.”

An Affair of State–Guy de Maupassant
Afterward–Edith Wharton (1862-1937)
The Ambitious Guest–Nathaniel Hawthorne
Araby–James Joyce

The Baron of Grogzwig–Charles Dickens
Bellflower–Guy de Maupassant
The Bet–Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904)
Beware of the Dog–Roald Dahl
Beyond the Wall–Ambrose Bierce
The Black Cat–Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)
A Blackjack Bargainer–O. Henry (1862-1910)
The Boarded Window–Ambrose Bierce
The Burial of the Guns–Thomas Nelson Page (1853-1922)
A Burlesque Biography–Mark Twain (1835-1910)

The Cask of Amontillado–Edgar Allan Poe
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County–Mark Twain
A Child’s Christmas in Wales–Dylan Thomas
The Christening–Guy de Maupassant
Clay–James Joyce (1883-1941)
Coco–Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)
The Coming-Out of Maggie–O. Henry (1862-1910)
Confessing–Guy de Maupassant
The Consul–Richard Harding Davis (1864-1916)
A Coward–Guy de Maupassant

The Darling–Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904)
A Dead Woman’s Secret–Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)
Death Makes a Comeback–James O’Keefe
Denis–Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)
A Descent Into the Maelstrom–Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)
The Devil–Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)
The Donkey–Guy de Maupassant
The Door–E. B. White
The Door in the Wall–H. G. Wells
The Dowry–Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)
The Drunkard–Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)

The Elephant’s Child–Rudyard Kipling
Ethan Brand–Nathaniel Hawthorne
Eva Is Inside Her Cat–Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Eyes of a Blue Dog–Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar–Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)
The Fall of the House of Usher–Edgar Allan Poe
The Falls–George Saunders
A Family–Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)
Farewell–Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)
The Father–Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)
The Fiddler–Herman Melville
The First Christmas Tree–Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933)
Friend Patience–Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)

The Garden Party–Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923)
The Gift of the Magi–O. Henry
The Girls in Their Summer Dresses–Irwin Shaw
The Golden Honeymoon–Ring Lardner (1885-1933)
The Great Carbuncle–Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)
The Griffin and the Minor Canon–Frank Stockton

Haircut–Ring Lardner
The Hairpin–Guy de Maupassant
The Hand–Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)
A Haunted House–Virginia Woolf
A Horseman in the Sky–Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)
How Santa Claus Came to Simpson’s Bar–Bret Harte (1836-1902)
How the Leopard Got His Spots–Rudyard Kipling
A Humble Drama–Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)
Humiliation–Guy de Maupassant
Hunters in the Snow–Tobias Wolff

The Imp of the Perverse–Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)
In the Wood–Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)
Indiscretion–Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)
The Inn–Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)
Italian with Grammar–Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Italian without a Master–Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Julie Romain–Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)

The Kiss–Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)

The Lady, or the Tiger?–Frank Stockton
Lamb to the Slaughter–Roald Dahl
The Last Leaf–O. Henry
The Last Spin–Evan Hunter
Leiningen versus the Ants–Carl Stephenson
The Lightning-Rod Man–Herman Melville
A Little Cloud–James Joyce
The Lottery–Shirley Jackson
The Lottery Ticket–Anton Chekhov
Luck–Mark Twain
The Luck of Roaring Camp–Bret Harte (1836-1902)

Madame Parisse–Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)
Mademoiselle Fifi–Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)
Mademoiselle Pearl–Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)
Man From the South–Roald Dahl
Marjorie Daw–Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836-1907)
Markheim–Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)
The Masque of the Red Death–Edgar Allan Poe
Mateo Falcone–Prosper Mérimée
The Minister’s Black Veil–Nathaniel Hawthorne
Miss Harriet–Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)
The Monkey’s Paw–W. W. Jacobs
Moonlight–Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)
The Most Dangerous Game–Richard Connell
The Mouse–Saki (H. H. Munro)
Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger–Saki (H. H. Munro)

The Necklace–Guy de Maupassant

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge–Ambrose Bierce
Old Mongilet–Guy de Maupassant
One of These Days–Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Open Window–Saki (H. H. Munro)

A Passion in the Desert–Honoré de Balzac
Paul’s Case–Willa Cather (1875-1947)
A Piece of Steak–Jack London
The Piece of String–Guy de Maupassant
The Pit and the Pendulum–Edgar Allan Poe
Politics and the English Language–George Orwell
The Premature Burial–Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)
The Princess and the Puma–O. Henry
The Private History of a Campaign That Failed–Mark Twain
The Purloined Letter–Edgar Allan Poe

The Ransom of Red Chief–O. Henry
Rappaccini’s Daughter–Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)
Rip Van Winkle (A Posthumous Writing of Diedrich Knickerbocker)–Washington
Irving (1783-1859)
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi–Rudyard Kipling
Rocking-Horse Winner–D. H. Lawrence

Shooting an Elephant–George Orwell
A Slander–Anton Chekhov
The Sniper–Liam O’Flaherty
The Soldiers’ Peaches–Stuart Cloete
Souls Belated–Edith Wharton
Split Cherry Tree–Jesse Stuart
Sredni Vashtar–Saki (H. H. Munro)
The Storyteller (Saki)–H. H. Munro (Saki) (1870-1916)
The Street That Got Mislaid–Patrick Waddington

A Telephone Call–Dorothy Parker
A Telephonic Conversation–Mark Twain (1835-1910)
The Tell-Tale Heart–Edgar Allan Poe
The Time Machine–H. G. Wells
To Build a Fire–Jack London
Two Little Soldiers–Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)

The Use of Force–William Carlos Williams

The Vendetta–Guy de Maupassant
The Vertical Fields–Fielding Dawson

Was it Heaven? Or Hell?–Mark Twain
What Occurred at Franklin–Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)
The Wreck–Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)

Young Goodman Brown–Nathaniel Hawthorne
Yvette–Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)

Happy reading!

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