World famous Short Stories

Handpicked collection of short stories by many famous writers across the world.



An Affair of State

An Affair of State

Paris had just heard of the disaster ofSedan. The Republic was proclaimed. All France was panting from a madness that lasted until the time of the commonwealth. Everybody was playing at soldier from o...

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Afterward

Afterward

I "Oh, there is one, of course, but you'll never know it." The assertion, laughingly flung out six months earlier in a bright June garden, came back to Mary Boyne with a sharp perception of itslatents...

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The Ambitious Guest

The Ambitious Guest

One September night a family had gathered round their hearth, and piled it high with the driftwood of mountain streams, the dry cones of the pine, and the splintered ruins of great trees that had come...

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Araby

Araby

North Richmond Street, being blind, was a quiet street except at the hour when the Christian Brothers' School set the boys free. An uninhabited house of two storeys stood at the blind end, detached fr...

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The Baron of Grogzwig

The Baron of Grogzwig

The Baron Von Koëldwethout, of Grogzwig in Germany, was as likely a young baron as you would wish to see. I needn't say that he lived in a castle, because that's of course; neither need I say that he...

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Bellflower

Bellflower

How strange are those old recollections which haunt us without our being able to get rid of them! This one is so very old that I cannot understand how it has clung so vividly and tenaciously to my mem...

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The Bet

The Bet

I It was a dark autumn night. The old banker was walking up and down his study and remembering how, fifteen years before, he had given a party one autumn evening. There had been many clever men there,...

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Beware of the Dog

Beware of the Dog

Down below there was only a vast white undulating sea of cloud. Above there was the sun, and the sun was white like the clouds, because it is never yellow when one looks at it from high in the air. He...

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Beyond the Wall

Beyond the Wall

Many years ago, on my way fromHongkongto New York, I passed a week in San Francisco. A long time had gone by since I had been in that city, during which my ventures in theOrienthad prospered beyond m...

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The Black Cat

The Black Cat

For the most wild, yet mosthomelynarrative which I am about to pen, I neither expect norsolicitbelief. Mad indeed would I be to expect it, in a case where my very senses reject their own evidence. Yet...

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A Blackjack Bargainer

A Blackjack Bargainer

The mostdisreputablething in Yancey Goree's law office was Goree himself, sprawled in his creaky old arm-chair. The rickety little office, built of red brick, was set flush with the street -- the main...

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The Boarded Window

The Boarded Window

In 1830, only a few miles away from what is now the great city ofCincinnati, lay an immense and almost unbroken forest. The whole region was sparsely settled by people of the frontier--restless souls ...

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The Burial of the Guns

The Burial of the Guns

Lee surrendered the remnant of his army at Appomattox, April 9, 1865, and yet a couple of days later the old Colonel's battery lay intrenched right in the mountain-pass where it had halted three days ...

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A Burlesque Biography

A Burlesque Biography

Two or three persons having at different times intimated that if I would write an autobiography they would read it when they got leisure, I yield at last to this frenzied public demand and herewith te...

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The Cask of Amontillado

The Cask of Amontillado

The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge. You, who so well know the nature of my soul, will not suppose, however, that I gave u...

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The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

In compliance with the request of a friend of mine, who wrote me from the East, I called on good-natured, garrulous old Simon Wheeler, and inquired after my friend's friend,Leonidas W.Smiley, as reque...

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A Child's Christmas in Wales

A Child's Christmas in Wales

One Christmas was so much like another, in those years around the sea-town corner now and out of all sound except the distant speaking of the voices I sometimes hear a moment before sleep, that I can ...

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The Christening

The Christening

"Well doctor, a little brandy?" "With pleasure." The old ship's surgeon, holding out his glass, watched it as it slowly filled with the golden liquid. Then, holding it in front of his eyes, he let the...

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Clay

Clay

THE matron had given her leave to go out as soon as the women's tea was over and Maria looked forward to her evening out. The kitchen was spick and span: the cook said you could see yourself in the bi...

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Coco

Coco

Throughout the whole countryside the Lucas farm, was known as "the Manor." No one knew why. The peasants doubtless attached to this word, "Manor," a meaning of wealth and of splendor, for this farm wa...

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