Category Archives: Short Stories

Great short stories for study, model-based writing, narration, dictation, and enjoyment.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow A short story by Washington Irving Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is the story of the ill-fated 1790 courtship of Katrina Van Tassel, daughter of a wealthy farmer, by superstitious Yankee schoolmaster Ichabod … 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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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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The Grasshopper and the Ants: A Fable

The Ant and the Grasshopper From Aesop’s Fables In a field one summer’s day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he … Continue reading

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A Curious Pleasure Excursion by Mark Twain

“A Curious Pleasure Excursion” by Mark Twain was published at the time of the “Comet Scare” in the summer of 1847. A New York Times article on the subject reassures readers that there is “no danger of collision with the … Continue reading

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The Lake Gun by James Fenimore Cooper

The Lake Gun By James Fenimore Cooper “The Lake Gun” is one of James Fenimore Cooper’s very few short stories, and was written in the last year of his life. It was commissioned by George E. Wood for publication in … Continue reading

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The Gold Bug by Edgar Allan Poe

The Gold Bug A short story by Edgar Allan Poe There is a reading of the story by Vincent Price at the bottom of this page. What ho! what ho! this fellow is dancing mad! He hath been bitten by … Continue reading

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In the Year 2889 by Jules Verne

In the Year 2889 By Jules Verne Edited by Blake Linton Editor’s Notes by Blake Linton In 1885, James Gordon Bennett, Jr., owner of the New York Herald (the same man who sent Stanley to Africa to find Livingstone) asked … Continue reading

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