Kate Chopin Selected Short Stories, Volume I

Kate Chopin, one of the great literary writers of 19th-century American fiction, was a woman ahead of her time. From the early 1890s, Chopin was writing short stories, articles, and translations which appeared in periodicals and magazines regionally based in St. Louis – she was perceived as a “local color” writer, but her literary qualities…

The Awakening

The Awakening, a novel by Kate Chopin, was first published in 1899. Set in New Orleans and on the Louisiana Gulf Coast at the end of the 19th century, the plot centers on Edna Pontellier and her struggle between her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century…

The Forerunner

Kahlil Gibran (January 6, 1883-April 10, 1931) was a Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer whose inspiring works are still widely read and enjoyed throughout the world. The Forerunner, published in 1920, was written three years before Kahlil Gibran’s best-known work, The Prophet, and is a book composed of his developing spiritual ideas of both poetry…

Youth

Slim is a boy whose astronomer father is visiting the country estate of an important industrialist. The industrialist’s son, Red, has found two strange animals, and he enlists Slim in a plan to turn the animals into a circus act. The astronomer, meanwhile, tells the industrialist that he has been in contact with space aliens…

The Search After Hapiness

The Search After Hapiness was written by Charlotte Brontë when she was 13 years old. It tells the story of a man named Henry O’Donell who leaves his home to seek happiness only to find many years later that it was there all along. This manuscript was one of many tiny handwritten booklets produced by…

Daisy Miller

Daisy Miller portrays the courtship of a beautiful American girl by Winterbourne, a sophisticated compatriot of hers. His pursuit of her is hampered by her own flirtatiousness, which is frowned upon by the other expatriates when they meet in Switzerland and Italy. Henry James uses Daisy’s story to discuss what he thinks Europeans and Americans…

The Ice Palace

Sally Carrol Happer is a popular 19-year-old girl living in Tarleton, Georgia. She is bored with her life in Tarleton, and, much to the chagrin of her local friends, she becomes engaged to Harry Bellamy, who is from a northern town. She brushes off the concerns of her friends and describes that she needs something…

The Offshore Pirate

Ardita Farnum is a beautiful but spoiled and rebellious young woman on a yachting trip to Florida with her uncle. On the verge of throwing her life away on a disreputable playboy, she is captured by pirates and becomes enamored with their captain. She wonders if she has she met her match. This charming early…

Benediction

Benediction tells the story of 19-year-old Lois, who spends an afternoon getting reacquainted with her 36-year-old brother, Keith, who is training to become a Jesuit priest. It opens with Lois sending a telegram to her love interest, Howard, whom we never meet, but who is anxious whether she will end their relationship or continue it…

The Cut Glass Bowl

The Cut Glass Bowl is the story of the beautiful but ill-fated Evelyn Piper, who succumbs to the power of a cut glass bowl – a wedding gift from a spurned former beau. It is a unique and powerful portrait depicting how frivolous choices can lead to deterioration and loss of all that one loves….