Great American Short Stories

Great American Short Stories

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From Washington Irving (1783–1859) to F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1940), the authors represented in this expansive American short story anthology invite you to see the world as they saw it.

Irving's culture-defining tales of American life—"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle"—offer a turn of events that both surprises and chills the reader. In "Bartleby," Herman Melville introduces us to a lawyer whose easy way of life is upended by a mysterious new clerk who denies his authority, perplexes his visitors, and scandalizes his professional reputation. The title character of "Athénaïs," by Kate Chopin, is a new wife who rebels against the submissive role expected of her by her parents and husband. In Willa Cather's "The Sculptor's Funeral," a young man accompanies the body of his friend and mentor from New York to the renowned artist's hometown where no one ever understood him. And Fitzgerald's "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz" reveals the treachery of a wealthy man protecting his fortune.

Collection includes 34 stores by...
Washington Irving
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Edgar Allen Poe
Herman Melville
Louisa May Alcott
Mark Twain
Bret Harte
Ambrose Bierce
Henry James
Sarah Orne Jewett
Kate Chopin
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Charles W. Chestnutt
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Edith Wharton
O. Henry
Stephen Crane
Jack London
Willa Cather
Sherwood Anderson
F. Scott Fitzgerald