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The Mice in Council: A Medieval Fable

Although “The Mice in Council” is sometimes attributed to Aesop, it dates from the Middle Ages, and has been retold in many ways by many different writers. The version below is written in the style of an Aesop’s fable. The Mice in Council … Continue reading

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The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

The Happy Prince is the title story in a collection of short stories by Oscar Wilde. The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde High above the city, on a tall column, stood the statue of the Happy Prince.  He was gilded … Continue reading

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Bulfinch’s Mythology Tales

Enjoy these tales from Bulfinch’s Mythology: The Age of Fable, by Thomas Bulfinch. Cupid and Psyche Pygmalion and Galatea Daedalus and Icarus

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A Worn Path by Eudora Welty

A Worn Path by Eudora Welty It was December—a bright frozen day in the early morning. Far out in the country there was an old Negro woman with her head tied red rag, coming along a path through the pinewoods. … Continue reading

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Edgar Allan Poe Resources

Edgar Allan Poe Resources Edgar Allan Poe is another writer of the Romantic era. Although he is best known for his horror tales, he also wrote interesting poetry. You’ll find the following Edgar Allan Poe resources available on our site. … Continue reading

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“The Ransom of Red Chief” Dramatized

O. Henry is the pseudonym of American author William Sydney Porter, who is best known for his funny, warm, short stories with surprise endings. In the video below, Shep O’Neal does a fine dramatic reading of “The Ransom of Red Chief, one … Continue reading

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The Purloined Letter Dramatized

Although suspenseful music accompanies this 1952 dramatization, “The Purloined Letter” by American author Edgar Allan Poe lacks the element of horror found in most of Poe’s other short stories. Instead, this is one of Poe’s tales of ratiocination or reasoning, … Continue reading

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“The Diamond Necklace” Audio

“The Diamond Necklace” (La Parure) is a short story by French author Guy De Maupassant. It was first published in 1884 in the French newspaper, Le Gaulois, and has become one of De Maupassant’s most popular tales. If you would … Continue reading

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Three Questions by Leo Tolstoy

Three Questions by Leo Tolstoy (scroll down to listen to the audio version). It once occurred to a certain king, that if he always knew the right time to begin everything; if he knew who were the right people to … Continue reading

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Sir Agravaine by P G Wodehouse

Sir Agravaine by P G Wodehouse A Tale of King Arthur’s Round Table Some time ago, when spending a delightful week-end at the ancestral castle of my dear old friend, the Duke of Weatherstonhope (pronounced Wop), I came across an … Continue reading

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