Classic Shorts: Eight Stories for Summer
62 Installments—Entirely free
This collection offers eight timeless short stories—by Chekhov, Fitzgerald, Poe, and others—for readers who want to rediscover the pleasures of the past. This collection was created exclusively for DailyLit by one of the most famous, well-regarded literary magazines: Poets & Writers.
A Doctor's Visit by Anton Chekhov
A Respectable Woman by Kate Chopin
The Jelly-Bean by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville
The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe
Ivan the Fool by Leo Tolstoy
Author! by P. G. Wodehouse
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Opening Lines (Experimental)
THE Professor received a telegram from the Lyalikovs' factory; he was asked to come as quickly as possible. The daughter of some Madame Lyalikov, apparently the owner of the factory, was ill, and that was all that one could make out of the long, incoherent telegram. And the Professor did not go ...Back to top
Reviewed by jstinson on Jul 11, 2010
"A Respectable Woman": A Respectable Ending?
I've taught this story to high school students; they seem to like it, mostly, but they are certain that by the end of the story, Mrs. Baroda has resolved to "be very nice to" her husband's friend by being receptive to an extramarital affair. I've always preferred to view her closing declaration as ambiguous: She could mean what the students think she means, or she might have been able to use the time away from Gouvernail to let her attraction to him simmer down. If this is the case, she would have done what a truly respectable woman would do--acknowledge the attraction but, over time, stifle it.
My students like certainty, and I like not knowing.
Reviewed by Henk_Piek on May 17, 2011
I loved the stories very much.
Reviewed by clducasse on Nov 20, 2009
Great short stories
Some wonderful short stories! I personally loved "Bartleby, the Scrivener" by Herman Melville - a delightful story that I had to finish and kept asking for the next installment. All the stories chosen were enjoyable to read.
Reviewed by snowyowl13 on Jul 3, 2009
How About Some Variety?
Alone, these stories would have been maybe slightly intriguing. But all together, they were TOO SIMILIAR. Some of them almost sounded like they were written by the same author. They became monotonous.
Reviewed by aditii on Jul 27, 2009
Really good selection of short stories--definitely a couple in there that I never would have run across otherwise, and I really enjoyed reading them all!
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