Category: Short Stories

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

Cinderella

Cinderella

Cinderella OR A Little Glass Slipper This rags-to-riches folk tale of unjust oppression and triumphant reward features Cinderella, a young woman living in difficult circumstances. Through the intervention of a fairy godmother, she is...

Eudora Welty’s home in Jackson, Mississippi is now a museum open to visitors.

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...

Echo and Narcissus

Echo and Narcissus by Ovid

Echo and Narcissus is a myth from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, a Roman mythological epic from the Augustan Age. In this brief story, the mountain nymph Echo falls in love with Narcissus, a beautiful hunter from...

A Curious Pleasure Excursion by Mark Twain

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...