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Short Stories Old and New

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SHORT STORIES

OLD AND NEW

SELECTED AND EDITED

BY

C. ALPHONSO SMITH

EDGAR ALLAN POE PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH IN THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA, AUTHOR OF "THE AMERICAN SHORT STORY," ETC.

1916

INTRODUCTION

Every short story has three parts, which may be called Setting or Background, Plot or Plan, and Characters or Character. If you are going to write a short story, as I hope you are, you will find it necessary to think through these three parts so as to relate them interestingly and naturally one to the other; and if you want to assimilate t...

Waifs and Strays –by: O. Henry

These 12 O. Henry stories all deal with waifs and strays in one way or another; people who have somehow become adrift in the current of life. Will they find their way on their own or be helped by kind hearted folk or perhaps, stay a waif and stray, somehow outside the normal life of society? All naturally have the wonderful O. Henry beautiful way with words and people. So if you are in the mood to enjoy some sensuous sounds and convoluted flowing phrases unique to William Sydney Porter, give these a listen. And of course the endings cannot ever be predicted. Ever!

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House With The Mezzanine And Other Stories –by: Anton Chekhov

Six short stories and a novella by the Russian master. (david wales)

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THE HOUSE

WITH THE MEZZANINE

AND OTHER STORIES

BY

ANTON TCHEKOFF

TRANSLATED FROM THE RUSSIAN BY

S. S. KOTELIANSKY AND GILBERT CANNAN

NEW YORK CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS 1917

COPYRIGHT, 1917, BY CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

Published August, 1917

CONTENTS

THE HOUSE WITH THE MEZZANINE

TYPHUS

GOOSEBERRIES

IN EXILE

THE LADY WITH THE TOY DOG

GOUSSIEV

MY LIFE

THE HOUSE WITH THE MEZZANINE

(A PAINTER'S STORY)

It happened nigh on seven years ago, when I ...

The Hated

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THE HATED

By PAUL FLEHR

After space, there was always one more river to cross ... the far side of hatred and murder!

Illustrated by DICK FRANCIS

The bar didn't have a name. No name of any kind. Not even an indication that it had ever had one. All it said on the outside was:

Cafe EAT Cocktails

which doesn't make a lot of sense. But it was a bar. It had a big TV set going ya ta ta ya ta ta in three glorious colors, and a jukebox that tried to drown out the TV with that lousy music they play. Anyway, it wasn't a kid ha...

They Twinkled Like Jewels

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It was only a year and a half ago that Phil Farmer, till then a totally unknown (editorially speaking at any rate) young man of Peoria, wrote himself a novel that won him instantaneous acclaim as perhaps the hottest new science fiction writer currently astir. Its title was "The Lovers" and since then he has gone right on proving himself a top hand craftsman.

they twinkled like jewels

by ... Philip José Farmer

Crane didn't get the nice man's name until it was far too late to do anything at all about it.

Jack Crane...

The Misplaced Battleship –by: Harry Harrison

"It might seem a little careless to lose track of something as big as a battleship ... but interstellar space is on a different scale of magnitude. But a misplaced battleship—in the wrong hands!—can be most dangerous." The world class con man and thief known as the Stainless Steel Rat (diGriz) has another very big problem to solve and this science fiction novella by the great Harry Harrison will see if he can solve it and perhaps four or five more like it before this fascinating and funny tale is finished. 'Use a thief to catch a thief' sounds great but it sometimes has unexpected results....

The Brushwood Boy –by: Rudyard Kipling

The experiences in public school, Sandhurst and military life in India of Major George Cottar together with his adventures in the dream world he discovers and frequents.

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THE DAY'S WORK

By Rudyard Kipling

CONTENTS

THE BRIDGE BUILDERS A WALKING DELEGATE THE SHIP THAT FOUND HERSELF THE TOMB OF HIS ANCESTORS THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP SEA WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR .007 THE MALTESE CAT BREAD UPON THE WATERS AN ERROR IN THE FOURTH DIMENSION MY SUNDAY AT HOME THE BRUSHWOOD BOY

THE BRIDGE BUILDERS

The least that F...

The Singing Mouse Stories –by: Emerson Hough

The singing mouse tells tales of nature in songs. This book is for those who want to know how the mountains ate up the plains, what the waters said or where the city went.

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THE SINGING MOUSE STORIES

by

EMERSON HOUGH

Author of The Purchase Price, 54 40 or Fight, Etc.

With Decorations by Mayo Bunker

[Illustration]

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New York Hurst & Company Publishers

Copyright 1910 by Emerson Hough

[Illustration]

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The Land of the Singing Mouse Page 11 The Burden of a Song 19 The Little River ...

Selected Short Stories –by: Stephen Crane

At the time of his death at the age of 28, Stephen Crane had become an important figure in American literature. He was nearly forgotten, however, until two decades later when critics revived interest in his life and work. Stylistically, Crane's writing is characterized by vivid intensity, distinctive dialects, and irony. Common themes involve fear, spiritual crises and social isolation. Although recognized primarily for The Red Badge of Courage, which has become an American classic, Crane is also known for short stories such as "The Open Boat", "The Blue Hotel", "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky"...
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