This node is dedicated to the short story and to those interested in reading light prose.

I'm reasonably certain the ones listed below are in the public domain. If you have noded, would like to node one of these or have found a classic short story you would like added here, please, don't be shy about /msging me in this regard as I would be happy to add your favorites to the list.

In the past it would be a delight to read them to my fifth grade students after lunch because it seems that fewer and fewer had time to enjoy short stories today. They did indeed experience the joy that reading such fine work can give. The goal is to give a nice cross section of short stories in the hope that these short stories will excite rediscovering an excellent source of entertainment.
Happy Reading Gentle Noders!


The Ant and the Grain of Corn by Ambrose Bierce
Araby by James Joyce


The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe

The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain
The Cone by H. G. Wells


The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry


To Him Who Waits by O. Henry


A Jury of Her Peers by Susan Glaspell
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling


The Lady, or the Tiger? by Frank Stockton
The Last Leaf by O.Henry
The Legend of Mimir by Robert Jones Burdette
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
A Little Cloud by James Joyce
Luck. A Story by Mark Twain


The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe
The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs


The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant
Never Bet the Devil Your Head by Edgar Allan Poe


An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce
The Open Window by Saki (H. H. Munro)


The Piece of String by Guy de Maupassant
Pigs Is Pigs by Ellis Parker Butler
The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe
The Premature Burial by Edgar Allan Poe
The Princess and the Puma by O. Henry
The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe


The Ransom of Red Chief by O. Henry
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling
A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner


The Shore and the Sea by James Thurber
The Sniper by Liam O'Flaherty
Sredni Vashtar by Saki (H. H. Munro)


The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
To Build a Fire by Jack London


The Verger by W. Somerset Maugham


The War Prayer by Mark Twain
Was it Heaven? Or Hell? by Mark Twain


The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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